Pilsner Urquell Is an Easy-Drinking Summer Beer in Delaware

Head to Kid Shelleen's Charcoal House & Saloon in Wilmington to sip the session beer all summer.

Libation of the Month

Pilsner Urquell

Where to Find It

Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House & Saloon
14th and Scott streets, Wilmington, 658-4600
1812 Marsh Road, Wilmington, 308-3560

In craft-brew circles, a session beer is low in alcohol—generally less than 5% ABV—and highly refreshing. Consequently, you can sip several during a happy hour with friends, a day on the beach or a picnic.

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Pilsner Urquell, however, was around long before today’s easy-drinking beers hit the shelves. The Plzeň, Czech Republic, brewery was founded in 1842, and the beer is the gold standard for pilsners. Indeed, if a Czechoslovakian bar doesn’t offer Urquell, they don’t serve pilsner.

Pilsner Urquell
Photo by Plzensky Prazdroj

The essential ingredient is aromatic Saaz hops, which only grow in Žatec and are harvested in August. The straw-like color is another pleasing characteristic. So is the crisp, thirst-quenching finish that makes Pilsner Urquell perfect for warm weather.

Xavier Teixido of Kid Shelleen’s is a fan, which is why Pilsner Urquell is on the restaurants’ menu. Don’t even try to pour him a raspberry pilsner. “Stop it,” he tells bartenders who suggest it.

Only the real deal will do.

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