Posted on July 4, 2013 by Marina

Summer is synonymous with beer and BBQ in the backyards.


It’s fair to say that nothing goes with a barbecue like beer and the ultimate summer style is a Pilsner.

As one of our co-founders Cam Heaps says:

“Your neighbours and friends will appreciate you bringing some refreshing Pilsner – it goes well with everything from savoury snacks to comfort food, and it’s great on its own to toast with a crowd. Pilsner’s perfect balance of grainy sweetness and crisp hopped bitterness provides real refreshment in the heat.”


 (TAPS Magazine)


What is a Pilsner?
Pilsner is a style of lager that originated in Plzen (pronounced Pilsen), Czechoslovakia in 1842. Prior to that time, beers were of the ale style made with top-fermenting yeast, and were darker in colour and somewhat hazy.  In 1842, an innovative German Brewmaster at a Czech Brewery used the local fresh water source, pale malted barley and local hops, along with a ground-breaking technique of methodical bottom fermenting with a new strain of yeast. The resulting brew, coined ‘Pilsner,’ was a refreshing, golden beer with a nice balance of malt body and bitterness, and very drinkable. Pilsners quickly became the most popular style brewed in the world, but only some are faithful to this original recipe.

Why is a Steam Whistle the perfect summer brew?
Steam Whistle Pilsner has floral hop aroma, a softly sweet graininess with distinctive grassy notes that’s balanced by a clean, crisp finish and pleasant lingering bitterness. It is refreshing and best served at 4-8 degrees Celsius.

Pilsners & BBQ

Looking for some ideas? From heartier foods like grilled meats, to tender roasted vegetables and even desserts – each is perfectly paired with a cold crisp Pilsner. Here are some of our favourites:

Barbeque Steak Steam Whistle, created by the brewery’s first Brewmaster, Harald Sowade
Sweet Stuffed Chicken Breast – with Steam Whistle Pilsner barbeque sauce
Artery Clogger Exceptionale – Beer Burger with Candied Bacon
Drunken Tandoori Chicken – created by Chris Goddard for Toronto Beer Week





Cheers to the summer!