I suppose this will only affect those of us in the bay area, for now.
In Berkeley, there’s the American branch of an Austrian braueri known as Trumer. They just opened a couple of years ago, I understand. The brewmaster is an Austrian guy who imports all of his ingredients (except for water) from his home country. I and Mr. Brown just sampled his brew yesterday at Speisekammer, a bier garten in the town of Alameda.
Holy hops and barley! This guy knows his stuff! Before I knew it was brewed in Berkeley, I could have sworn it was a top-notch German import. Only the insistence of the bartender eventually convinced me. I tried calling the Berkeley Trumer brewery, and found that they’ll be conducting tours and tastings starting after late summer this year. They only sell locally for now, but will eventually expand their distribution once their sales get under way.
So, bay area dopers, look for Trumer Pils at your favorite bars and give it a try. Good brewski, I tells ya!