Tampa brewery Coppertail to Florida: Primo pilsners are a slow pour away

The German technique takes a little more time, but it's worth the wait.

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Pilsner purists should appreciate the slow pour's three-step process. - Courtesy of Coppertail Brewing Co.
Courtesy of Coppertail Brewing Co.
Pilsner purists should appreciate the slow pour's three-step process.


Tampa’s Coppertail Brewing Co. wants Florida to know that the perfect pilsner is just a slow pour away. Pilsners, for the uninitiated, taste best when the traditional German method that is the slow pour is executed — and combined with proper glassware. To showcase this technique, Coppertail has started introducing a draft program at select bars around the state while highlighting its signature Independent Pilsner.

The slow pour releases carbonation from the pilsner — typically the hoppiest German-style beer — to soften its bite and provide a silky texture. A thick head is also achieved, which locks in the aromatics of the bright hops.

Now, the slow pour does take a little more time than what goes into retrieving your average draft beer. But pilsner purists should appreciate the three-step process.

Here it goes: Beertenders aim the pour straight down the center of the glass (forget the tilt). Once the glass fills up with one-third pils and two-thirds foam, they let the foam settle before releasing more beer and allowing the foam to crest the lip of the glass. Lastly, the pour is topped off to create a rocky white head.

Local bars offering the slow-poured Independent Pilsner include West Bay Tap House (Largo), Brewers’ Tasting Room (St. Petersburg), Tapz (St. Pete Beach), Iron Oak New American BBQ (Palm Habor) and TapHouse 61 (St. Pete). Of course, the Coppertail tasting room in Ybor City can fetch you one, too.

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