By Dylan Gonzalez
Beer: Gollum Precious Pils
Brewery: Fish Brewing Company
As part of the release for The Hobbit Trilogy, Fish Brewing dedicated three beers to the lore of Middle Earth. Through my secret connections in Cleveland, Ohio, I managed to get my hands on a bottle of the Gollum Precious Pils, an Imperial Pilsner brandishing the face of the one and only Smeagle.
Precious Pils was a golden hue and created a pretty thick head that faded fairly quickly. It did leave behind a long lasting ring and layer of lacing. It gave off scents of malt and floral hops.
Traditionally, I have found that I do not particularly enjoy the pilsner style of beer. However, when done right, I do really enjoy them and the Precious Pils certainly falls in that category. It has a really refreshing and pleasant flavor that of well balanced malts and hops, with notes of grass and mint. It has just a bit of a bite in the finish and it is very clean and smooth on the palate.
For a beer that could have easily been written off for a marketing gimmick, the Precious Pils was a solid beer, especially since I am not a big fan of pilsners. And if you love Lord of the Rings, then this is right up your alley.
What to Drink This To:
There really is not much else you can suggest to pair with this beer. The Lord of the Rings is easily the most celebrated fantasy story, with The Hobbit leading into an epic trilogy revolving around The One Ring and the fate of one little Hobbit to bring it to Mordor. Now, from a personal standpoint, I was not a huge fan of the Hobbit films, so I would enjoy this beer alongside the Lord of the Rings trilogy, likely choosing The Two Towers since that features Gollum in his prime. But, if you are a fan of any of the Lord of the Rings media, then who am I to stop you from drinking the Precious Pils and your choice?
Dylan Gonzalez happens to love beer and comic books and luckily found a place to write about both because he has no idea how to actually make money in the real world. He lives in a cave in New Jersey. Tweet him at @BeardedPickle, follow his own beer blog at http://boozegeek.tumblr.com/ or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.