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Pennsylvania breweries team up for release of PA Pride Pilsner collaboration beer on Feb. 5

Pennsylvania breweries team up for release of PA Pride Pilsner collaboration beer on Feb. 5
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From a press release:

In a continued effort to connect the Pennsylvania craft beer community with local agriculture, Deer Creek Malthouse in Glen Mills and the website Breweries in PA have once again teamed up following the success of their popular “PA Pride” collaboration beer.

The original PA Pride, a hazy pale ale beer released in November of 2020, was named after the love and pride they share for the Keystone State, while showcasing two-row barley and organic spelt grown here in the commonwealth. The beer was released all over Pennsylvania and became an instant success, garnering very high ratings from the popular craft beer review site Untappd.

“PA Pride 2.0” will release to the public at over 30 craft breweries across Pennsylvania on Friday, Feb. 5, including several in Northeastern Pennsylvania like Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston, Five Mountain Brewing Company in Shickshinny, and Hopping Eagle Brewing Company in Hawley.

This version of the beer was inspired by the Bohemian-style pilsner and brewed with Pennsylvania grown and traditionally floor germinated two-row barley and hard red wheat.

Only noble Saaz hops were used. This clean, crisp lager clocks in at 5 percent ABV and will be packaged and released in 16-ounce cans by the many Pennsylvania breweries who have joined together for the beer collaboration. Cans of PA Pride 2.0 feature some of the same Pennsylvania imagery as the original PA Pride label, such as the state outline, the iconic keystone, and the barn that can be found at Deer Creek.

Along with the release of this beer, Deer Creek and Breweries in PA will co-host a virtual happy hour that is open to the public and will include many of the brewery collaborators on this project. The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 11. Both companies will have more details on this event soon.

“I’m excited to work on this statewide project with Deer Creek Malthouse. There are a lot of breweries struggling in this current environment, and this is one way we can work together and show our support while highlighting our great brewing industry,” said Fred Maier, founder of Susquehanna Brewing Company.

“Pilsner malt is one of the most natural yet difficult ingredients to produce. It is the grain. You cannot disguise characteristics from the cultivation in the field or germination in the malthouse. It is lightly kilned to preserve enzymes and the natural flavor/aroma from the grain without introducing too much color. The malt for this recipe was made using traditional floor germination techniques, which is how malt for this style would have been produced by the Plzen (Pilsen) pioneers in Bohemian brewing culture,” Deer Creek Malthouse Maltster Mark Brault explained.

“Not to sound cliché, but nothing makes us prouder than to support the Pennsylvania craft beer industry. So to be a part of a beer like this that brings together so many from an industry we love is done with immense pride. The previous version of this beer was so well-received in communities all across Pennsylvania, and we believe version 2.0 will live up to that legacy. Plus, who doesn’t love a crushable Pilsner beer? Win win!” Breweries in PA co-founder Chadd Balbi added.

Breweries in PA is a digital promotion company that connects beer drinkers to the Pennsylvania craft breweries they love. Visit breweriesinpa.com for a robust overview of Pennsylvania craft beer maps, lists, events news, and much more.

Deer Creek Malthouse in Chester County produces high quality, flavorful malt ingredients made from local grain. Founded in 2012, Deer Creek is the first commercial malting operation in Pennsylvania since prohibition. The company is dedicated to improving the regional grain supply chain for all stakeholders and leads many annual value chain building initiatives, including the Philadelphia Grain & Malt Symposium. Deer Creek also produces a variety of consumer food and beverages using their grain and malt ingredients.

PA Pride 2.0 locations:

Acclamation Brewing
Bangor Trust Brewing
Beaver Brewing
Blueprint Brewing
Bonn Place Brewing
Bucks County Brewery
Butler Brew Works
Deer Creek Malthouse
East End Brewing
Five Mountain Brewing
GearHouse Brewing
Hemauer Brewing
Hop Hill Brewing
Hopping Eagle Brewing
Lavery Brewing
Locust Lane Craft Brewery
Mount Gretna Craft Brewery
Neshaminy Creek Brewing
Newtown Brewing
Odd Logic Brewing
Pour Man’s Brewing
Punch Buggy Brewing
Recon Brewing
Rough Edges Brewing
Rusty Rail Brewing
Shy Bear Brewing
Stable 12 Brewing
Stick City Brewing
Stone Bridge Brewing
Susquehanna Brewing
Tannery Run Brew Works
The Ways Brewing
Tilt’em Back Brewing