Off Color Ten Crowns
Our iteration of a Czech-style Dark Lager celebrates the long winter months transitioning into spring. Warm, full-bodied, and richly malted with inviting aromas of fresh baked cookies, raisin bread, and just a hint of dark fudge followed by a spicy, earthy note from traditional noble hopping to dry the palate and ready you for the next sip.
We kept going back to lengthy walks in Old Town/Stare Mesto in Prague. Cobblestone clicking of shoes, quiet echoes off low walls, and old lanterns. Zigzag streets with tight corners; maze-like. Cold, but soft and romantic. Medieval and magical and so steeped in history that it is indifferent to you and the fleeting present. Perhaps the quietness is the most striking and somehow this leads one almost inextricably into the welcome embrace of one of the many Czech pubs. Most of which in Prague are found in the lower levels and basements of age-old buildings.
Some flood happened hundreds of years ago and that’s just how they are. So you walk off the street down a flight or three with twists to a cavernous dwelling thick with cigarette smoke, joyous conversation, and fast poured 0.5Ls being whisked double-handfuls to wooden tables. Nowadays, the cigarette smoke is no longer a thing, but the sense of coziness and ample stocks of rich lager remain.
Czech currency is “Koruna” or “Crown” in English and beers cost 19-35 Czk. 10, 20, and 50 pieces are the best to carry and there’s no better feeling than putting down a few coins for a pivo and losing oneself in this charming din searching for the bottom of your Tübinger of Tmavý lager.
Gravity: 13 dP
Malts: Pils, Dark Munich, CaraMunich, Chocolate, Black Malt
Hops: Sterling, Tettnang
Secret Ingredient: litre/person
Available in the depths of winter