Summit Releases 30th Anniversary Keller Pils

18 May 2016

imageFrom Summit Brewing:

ST. PAUL, MN. (May 18, 2016) – Summit Brewing Company today announces the release of 30th Anniversary Keller Pils. The second beer in a series of four anniversary brews will be available on draught and in six-packs and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans the week of May 16.

The 30th Anniversary Series seeks to showcase the unique qualities and attributes that have helped drive Summit forward over the last three decades. A belief in tradition and progress, innovation and heritage, and above all, an uncompromising approach to quality and consistency have been integral in Summit’s approach to brewing great beer. Along the way, great partnerships have developed into great friendships, with suppliers, distributors, retailers and customers.

Summit’s 30th Anniversary Keller Pils seeks to highlight the unique flavor characteristics associated with a classic German pilsner malt, while recognizing the contributions to craft brewing and support for Summit from a celebrated German craft maltster. Combining that classic pilsner malt with traditional and modern German hop varieties in Summit’s copper brewhouse has allowed its brewers to produce a superb German-style pilsner, served unfiltered to allow for more flavor and character in the final glass.

The Weyermann Specialty Malting Company, located in Bamberg, Germany, has been supplying Summit with specialty malts for many years. Weyermann has made a concerted effort to safeguard the future of the Barke variety, one of the most unique malting barley varieties and perfect for artisanal craft beers. Although superseded by more modern, higher-yielding cultivars, Barke contributes malty-sweet and honey undertones, and is particularly sought after as a base for classical pilsners.

Summit has combined the flavor elements of Barke malt with the Tettnang hop, a slightly spicy and traditional noble hop variety, supplied to Summit from Minnesota-based Brewers Supply Group. A final addition of the recently developed Hallertau Melon hop variety, supplied from Germany by S.S. Steiner, provides a hint of gentle citrus in the final beer. 

Wyeast Laboratories, based in Oregon, sourced a traditional private collection Munich lager yeast strain, the final element required to create a classical German pils. Two weeks of cool fermentation followed by six weeks of cold maturation help provide outstanding drinkability and complexity.

“For our anniversary year, we wanted to focus on the three C's of quality: consistency, creativity & community,” said head brewer Damian McConn. “By working closely with our malt, hop and yeast suppliers, we’re able to produce four special beers that exemplify this motto.”

Join Summit for events to kick off the Keller Pils release:

  • The Happy Gnome – 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 18; happy hour featuring the Brewers Association Top 50 Craft Breweries
  • The Bulldog (Uptown) – 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Thursday, May 19; release party with $3 Summits, 7 p.m. toast with head brewer Damian McConn for American Craft Beer Week
  • Keegan’s Irish Pub – 4 p.m., Friday, May 20; meet head brewer Damian McConn
  • Hops for Cops at Boom Island – 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, May 22; fundraiser for Minneapolis Mounted Police in collaboration with Ruth’s Chris
  • Elwoods – 5 p.m., Thursday, May 26
  • Hop 21 – 7 p.m., Thursday, June 2; ping pong tournament featuring $5 Summit pints
  • Mission American Kitchen & Bar – 4 p.m., Thursday, June 16
  • Summit Beer Hall – 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays
    • Thursday, May 19: Color + Craft
    • Friday, May 20: Cantus Vocal Ensemble Spotlight
    • Thursday, May 26: Beer Tie: An Evening of Beer and Fly Tying
    • Friday, May 27: Trivia Night with Trivia Mafia

Keller Pils Information

Malts: 100% Barke Pilsner heritage malt sourced from Weyermann Specialty Malts

Hops: A blend of traditional (Tettnang) and modern (Hallertau Melon) German varieties

ABV: 5.1%

IBU: 38

Color: Pale straw

Yeast: German lager

Original Gravity: 12° Plato

Pairing Suggestions: Smoked salmon, scallops, oysters, weisswurst, Thai curry, German potato salad and classic Caesar salad

Available on draught and in six-packs and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans  .

For more information about the Keller Pils and kick-off events, please visit our website at

0 comments (click to read or post):

Post a Comment

Please leave a comment...I do moderate them so it may not immediately appear...and please be nice!

WILK Friday BeerBuzz

Lets Talk Beer!

We've added some tools to encourage interaction. First and foremost, you'll see the Recent Comments section up above. This list displays the most recent comments from individual posts. Feel free to comment on ANY post by clicking on the "comments" link at the bottom of any post, or any link in the Recent Comments section. Comments are moderated, however you can choose to post anonymously.

Please also remember mybeerbuzz is very active on Facebook & Twitter and we DO support RSS feeds for posts and comments.

Advertising is not affiliated with any of the advertisers shown above. We run Ads as a way to help offset the costs to run this FREE blog....BUT if you do happen to click on any of these ads (even if you don't buy), we do eventually get a few pennies....literally.
Creative Commons License by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at

  © Copyright 2016

Back to TOP