- A classic helles lager
Surrounded by a room full of fellow homebrewers, Palmer accepted rightful accolades for "Welcome to Helles,” a sunny translucent Munich Helles with a touch of effervescence at the start. The subtle floral hop aroma gives way to a malt-focus first sip balanced by light bitterness, layering into a full-mouth feel to close with a touch of peppery tartness. Each succeeding sip reveals the delicate balance and brightness originally created by the Spaten Brewery in Munich in 1894 to meet head-on competition from the recently devised Bohemian Pilsner Urquell—the first golden-hued lagers created as a breakaway from the traditional dark lagers—“dunkelbier.” Light-hued lagers came into existence when clear glass came onto the marketplace and brewers took advantage of the ability to showcase something different—lighter malted grains and softer water. [Of course, there's more to this story—find it on pages 88-89 in Kohn's Complete Idiot's guide to Beer Tasting]
Generally, as a style, German Pilsners are drier than are Bohemian Pilsners. When a bar-mate apologized for drinking a white wine when the rest of us were savoring a German Pils, it was an opportunity to mention there is room for all of us to enjoy what we prefer, yet I could not resist adding a mention about the similar profiles between beer and wine styles. Crossing over between the two has value.
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- Tim Palmer shows off his award winning "Welcome to Helles"
Jonathon stayed in the shadows on April 28, 2016, yet he did mention how much fun it is to collaborate with homebrewers and to figure out how to mesh two different systems to highlight a winning beer.
The general consensus from Foam Blowers of Indiana [FBI homebrew club] members and the public at large —“Welcome to Helles” is totally refreshing and sessionable at 5.7% ABV, 17.3 IBUs. It pairs well with BRBP’s regular menu, especially something spicy like they Thai Spiced Pork Sandwich. I personally enjoyed Helles with the fish dinner, Loui Lord Nelson [pictured here with Tim Palmer] partnered Helles with a fruit, cheese and tuna salad, and most everybody just enjoyed sipping.
In 2014 Great Fermentations posted a profile about Tim Palmer. You can find it here: http://www.greatfermentations.com/interview-tim-palmer/
The 2016 Indiana State Fair Brewers Cup competition takes place July 8-9 at the State Fair. The public is invited to attend the awards ceremony on July 9. Watch this column for details.