Helios Brewing Company

Introducing Artemis - German Pilsner


Introducing our newest beer = Artemis German Pilsner!

Artemis was the Goddess of the hunt, wild animals and wilderness. So she’s often shown as carrying a bow and arrow. In one story someone accidentally saw her bathing, so she changed him into a stag and then he was pursued and killed by his own hounds. She is one strong woman, but also shows kindness and protection to women and was known to assist in childbirth (she even assisted her mother to deliver her own twin brother!).

So we’ve named our German Pilsner after her. She comes in at ~5% ABV and 7EBC and 28 IBU’s.

Most of you have had a Pilsner, but have you ever actually though about it’s history? We asked our Head Brewer Charlie about it and he said ‘A German Pilsner is a sub style of the Lager family that evolved a couple of centuries ago more by chance than design. It's historically and stylistically quite a pale beer, displays tight foam with fantastic stability, is firmly bittered (unlike the modern versions) and will display moderate to high levels of hop presence (again unlike modern interpretations!) Hop character is "Noble" as in very traditional and from a core group of highly desirable hops from waaaay back in the day that are still so today. They will display earthy, spicy, zesty notes.

Charlie mentioned that he wanted to start to look at what is ‘old is new again’ styles and pay them some respect stylistically and not modernise them to the point they don't fit guidelines anymore. He confesses that he’s a pretty traditional brewer and as his career has progressed he sees that the modern beer world is heading in some very strange directions.

Who are the people who should try a Pilsner?

Craft beer enthusiasts that probably don't see many quite traditional styles like this. Even modern "craft" interpretations are "dumbed down”, says Charlie. ‘It'll definitely appeal to Lager drinkers but will present a bit differently to what they are used too, feedback has been very positive’.

You might be wondering what makes a German Pilsner different to a Czech Pilsner (traditionally there are only two types of Pilsner). The Czech style has a less pronounced bitterness, though still clean and crisp, and carries less hop aroma and character across the beer.

There are some “New World" interpretations of the Pilsner, which ours is to a small degree (due to the use of modern hop varieties to achieve a similar end goal). A Pilsner uses 4 or 5 different hop varieties.

Back in the day the beer would sit in ice caves over the warmer months. Lager means "to keep or store", this is how the lager yeast evolved to work at lower temperatures.

Artemis has been in our brewery sitting in the cold (around 0 degrees) for about 4 weeks. She is clear and crisp and ready to drink now. She is zesty and spicy from well-placed modern hopping (German Magnum and Australian Topaz) with a touch of malt sweetness washing through the palate.