Washington Brewshed® Alliance partners team up to create a special beer
Washington Wild is a nonprofit organization that protects wild lands and rivers in Washington state through advocacy, education, and civic engagement. Within Washington Wild, the Washington Brewshed® Alliance works with 70 brewing industry partners across the state to advance its mission of protecting the water sources that are essential for the production of great beer.
On Friday, July 23rd Lucky Envelope Brewing releases Public Lands Pilsner at its brewery in Seattle. This beer was created with a mission to help spread the word about the value and the importance of protecting the lands that surround our water sources. The link between healthy water sources and great beer is inextricable.
Join the folks from Washington Wild at the brewery for a release event on the 23rd from 3:00 – 9:00. “Along with other Washington Wild staff/board members, I will be hanging out during this time,” says Chris Chappel, Conservation and Brewshed Program Manager for Washington Wild. “After many, many months of zooms and phone calls, I am thrilled to be talking conservation with folks in person once again.”
Here are the beer details from Lucky Envelope Brewing
Beer: Public Lands Pilsner (5% ABV)
Availability: Friday, June 23rd release on draft and 4-pack cans ($17)
Description: This perfectly crisp summer Pilsner celebrates the importance of protecting and preserving Washington State’s wild lands. Our dry-hopped American Pilsner features all WA-sourced ingredients with malt from Skagit Valley Malting and Citra and Mosaic hops from Yakima Chief Hops. A portion of proceeds from Public Lands Pilsner goes towards keeping Washington green and wild.
Meet Francin, a type of malted barley
Skagit Valley Malting, another Brewshed partner, provided the locally grown and malted grain for Public Lands Pilsner. In particular, a breed of barley with roots in the Czech Republic, so to speak. Francin was bred for all-malt Czech-style brewing in the Czech Republic; thus, it is well-suited for brewing a pilsner.
To be precise, Public Lands Pilsner was brewed using Skagit Valley Malting’s Francin Bohemian Pilsner. Grown in the Skagit Valley and malted at the company’s facility in Burlington.
Skagit Valley Malting shares the story behind this product: “Francin was brought to us by a grower who had the opportunity to bring it over from the Czech Republic. Fast becoming the dominant barley for all malt brewing in its native land, we brought it to the Skagit Valley to allow it to combine superb genetics with our terroir and technology. This malt is one of our highest extract malts and has amazing flavor for lager and more balanced IPA brewing.”
For brewers and malt geeks, Francin is a spring two-row malting barley. The varietal was registered in the Czech Republic in 2014.
For more news about recent beer releases, visit the Washington Beer Blog’s New Beer Releases page.