||Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Braunfelser is our effort to create a German-style lager that is enthralling and highly drinkable. During my time helping 5 Stones transition into their new brewery, I've proclaimed the merits of Pilsner beers; their historical relevance, the difficulty of their construction and execution, and ultimately their drinkability. After much deliberation, discussion, and help from many friends we brewed a German-style Keller Pils of our own, utilizing two vacant horizontal fermentation vessels intended for the production of fruit beer in the warmer months. Keller Pils, or unfiltered Pilsner, deviates a bit from the idea many conjure up when thinking of Pilsner. Being unfiltered, it still contains some yeast leftover from fermentation. It is somewhat cloudy, textured, and softer in the presence of it's yeast. Furthermore, it presents more fermentation character than its filtered counterparts. In this beer, one may find aromas and flavors of biscuit dough, bitter greens, fresh cut hay, sulphur, tarragon and chamomile. Some of those descriptors may seem strange, or unwelcome in a glass of beer, but in this case the whole is truly greater than the sum of it's parts. And the beauty of these types of beers is that one can simply drink it. It doesn't require thinking, pondering, or analysis, though one can certainly consider the nuances if they so please!