Banished Brewing Releases Portage Czech Pilsner

PARADISE, NL – Banished Brewing has announced the release of a new collaboration with Portage, an upscale casual restaurant in St. John’s.

Portage Czech Pilsner (5% abv):

During the design phase of our brewhouse we wanted to ensure that we could brew any style of beer using proper techniques specific to that style. One main driver was the ability to brew using proper decoction/step mashing techniques so that we could produce authentic lagers using traditional methods. To brew authentic styles, you need authentic ingredients. Using traditional floor malted barley from Czechia that requires decoction/step mashing to be properly processed, along with Czech Saaz hops and traditional brewing techniques, this brew is an ode to a country that has given the brewing world so much over its tenured history.

Banished and Portage both opened last June. It became apparent quickly that we both had the same approach to our respective crafts. Quality above all else, but mostly just have fun with it. The relationship evolved as time passed with the notion that a collaboration was in our future. A few styles were put forward, but ultimately, we landed on a traditional Czech Pilsner. The traditional name for the brew is a Světlý Ležák 12º, Světlý means pale in color, Ležák means it’s lagered, and 12º is the starting gravity.

To make this release extra special, Borek Lizec, the Czech Ambassador to Canada, visited the brewery last week to “give his perspective on the brew and help celebrate the brewing ties between our two countries.”

Portage Pilsner is pouring now on side-pull taps at Banished and Portage, and is also available in cans at the Banished retail store and online shop.

Source & Photos: Banished Brewing

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