Tweet Yesterday I had a great day with Todd, an American friend who was on a visit to Prague. We shared many beers (a couple too many, perhaps), while we discussed his impressions about Czech beer, what is happening on the other side of the pond and beer culture in general.
Todd was also very generous and he brought me three very varied samples of craft brews from his land. Among them, and as a sort of joke, he brought Collaboration No. 1 de Boulevard Brewing Co., a beer sold as "Imperial Pilsner"
Besides making me laugh a bit (the nonsense of that name never ceases to amuse me), it reminded me of something I noticed after having written my critique of this "style".
While I was drinking Primátor Rytířský 21%, one of the local examples of Císařský Světlý Ležák (since I am in the Czech Rep. it can't be called Pilsner) I read the back label, which has information written in three languages, Czech, German and Slovak. Here the beer is sold as Světlý Speciál, in Germany as Helles Bock and in Slovakia (and I know some of you are going to love this) as Světlý Porter, Pale Porter, for those who still haven't got it. Yes, that's right, Pale Porter.
And there's still people who believe styles are something immutable, uniform and easily guidelined.
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