mattingly_84x128.jpgThe Mattingly Brewing Company‘s Wednesday Peek-a-Brew series continues tonight with the release of the Billy Pilgrim’s Imperial Czech Pilsner.  Head Brewer Drew Huerter sends over a rundown of the beer including how it got it’s name:

Our newest limited offering is a strong, golden lager. Inspired by the famous Pilsners of the Czech Republic and the American craft brewing tradition, our Billy Pilgrim’s Imperial Pilsner is an easy drinking, but powerful, hearty and flavor packed beer.

Our Imperial Pilsner takes the best characteristic of the classic Czech Pilsners and amplifies them, much as a Russian Imperial Stout is a London style Stout turned up to 11. Rich, toasty Pilsner and Munich malts lay the background for a massive rush of herbal and grassy Magnum, Mt. Hood and Sterling hops, all brought together with German Lager yeast and mellowed by months of cold storage. Huge Nobel hop flavor and aroma backed by a substantial malt underpinning are order of the day, here.

8.2% ABV   75 IBUs
*Served by the snifter, not the pint

The name ‘Bill Pilgrim’ is the protagonist from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. He is a time traveling optometrist and veteran of the famed allied firebombing of the German town of Dresden during World War II (worst sequel ever…). The reference being that if one consumes too much (or just the right amount) of this strong lager then they will find themselves ‘unstuck in time’ just like our hero from the novel.

As most of us know, beer drinking only allows time travel to the future, so don’t let anyone have enough that they end up going home with a Kilgore Trout they have mistaken for a Montana Wildhack. (If you didn’t laugh at that, it means you really need to read this book…its fantastic).