Central City Brewers & Distillers out of Surrey have taken on a different kind of challenge with The Hobbit series of beers. The other two beers in this series are not their creations but a brewing and distribution deal through MGM and (from my own understanding) Fish Brewing (USA Version) and BevLink LLC although this beer is a complete departure from the American cousin. Three beer have been released as part of this series including the “The Gollum Precious Pils”. This Pilsner pours a light straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of biscuit malts, bread, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of bread and biscuit malts, citrus and some very mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 30. This is a well crafted pilsner to be sure but I am not sure why Central City Brewers & Distillers decided to change this recipe from the 9.5% and an IBU of 85 as this would be much more appealing to the craft beer focused consumer. I wish I tried this while in the USA recently as it sounds awesome!
Commercial Description: With flavors as smooth and crafty as Gollum himself, the Gollum Pilsner (5% alc./vol) is brewed in the classic Bavarian tradition, using only the finest two-row barley, and hops from the Hallertau region of Germany. This light and golden Pilsner has a distinct hop aroma and flavour, with a dry, crisp finish.Like the One Ring which Gollum has spent his life pursuing, the “precious” pils, if your quest leads you to it, may not extend your life, but it may make your journey a little more enjoyable!