As many of you may know the name pilsner originates from the Bohemian city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic, where the beer was developed in the 1840s. Its popularity spread fast and the Germans soon adopted the style before interpretations were springing up all over the world.
Sadly in the commercialised world of brewing today the style has been taken up by major brewing corporations and manipulated into mass market, pasteurised, fizzy, bland as possible lager. Interestingly this topic also links back to an older post from my old blog on http://www.hwufbsa.org.uk/. Here I discussed how although CAMRA as an organisation has raised awareness about cask conditioned beer, most beer drinkers are now perceive the market as simply dispersed into two camps, those who drink lager (mass market) and those who drink ale (with the addition of the usually middle aged customer group who prefer nitrokeg ales). All knowledge seems present of the diverse range of styles and varieties of lagers available, in fact some people even fail to recognise that lager is beer and thus divide all beers into ether lager (mass market stuff) or beer (anything else).