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EXCLUSIVE: Cincinnati Beer Week 2014 Collaboration Beer Style Revealed

Cincinnati’s local craft brewers assembled tonight to begin sketching out the recipe for their collaboration beer to celebrate 2014 Cincinnati Beer Week. Anonymous sources have confirmed that the style of this year’s beer will be…… an Imperial Pilsener! It looks like Christian Moerlein will be producing it this year, taking a turn after Rivertown (2013) and Mt. Carmel (2012).

Here is a general description of the style for those not familiar with it:

The imperial pilsener is a stronger version of a Pilsener, having a higher hop content (and therefore usually more bitter) and greater malt and alcohol levels, raising the complexity and depth typical of the base style. The flavors and aromas are therefore comparable to a pilsener, much like in the ale world an IPA or dIPA might compare to a Pale Ale. This Imperial Pilsener style has risen in popularity among innovative US craft brewers during the last five years and is used on beerpal to distinguish a specifc class of beers from standard pilseners or basic strong lagers. (source:

Personally, I think this is a really interesting choice as it breaks from the traditional “winter” beer style and should find favor among the hop heads. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed recent offerings from Ballast Point (Fathom) and Great Lakes (Silver and Gold) in this style arena.

I admit I was slightly disappointed to learn that it wasn’t a style favorable to aging since I have a couple bottles of 2012’s American Barleywine and 2013’s Baltic Porter in my cellar. No worries, it looks like my vertical tasting will be taking place in January!

Stay tuned for more details!

Mike Stuart

Craft beer enthusiast and hombrew dabbler. Part-time writer, sometimes funny.

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