Gordon Biersch IPB headed to KC

The Kansas City Business Journal announced yesterday that Gordon Biersch has picked Kansas City as one of 17 markets that will receive their new limited edition beer, Imperial Pilsner Brau. The 'Braumeister Selekt' beer will be a 750 ml bottle that is sold in retail stores for $8.99.

According to Gordon Biersch's co-founder Dan Gordon, “This is a beer unlike any other made before. We designed IPB to pique the curiousity of the IPA drinker, and we hope to capture their palate preference with the unique, authentic flavor that is completely its own.”

I'll admit, while I've enjoyed most imperial/double pilsners that I've tried (Odell, Rogue Morimoto, Schlafly #20 Vol. 1 all come to mind), I can't say that there's been one that has especially blown me away. I'll be curious to try this one since they are pushing it as being "intensely hopped" and Gordon notes that they are trying to appeal to IPA drinkers. The beer uses the typical set of noble hops that you'd expect to find in German lagers and pilsners (Hallertau, Tettnang, Spalt, Saaz), so perhaps they just kicked up the amount used.

Release of this speciality beer will start in May and continue throughout the year, so keep an eye on The Shelf Report later this year to see when it starts popping up around town.

Are you a fan of Gordon Biersch beers? Will you go drop $9 to try this limited release?

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