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Flying Bison Brewer Colin Herzog Talks Polonia Pils

Flying Bison Brewer Colin Herzog (third from the right)

We spoke with Flying Bison Brewing Co. brewer Colin Herzog about Polonia Pils.

BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
Myself and  Ryan Coleman (Head of Operations) came up with this recipe. 

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
My favorite aspect of this beer would perhaps be the malt. For how assertive the hops try to be, the crisp, crackery malt flavor really holds its ground and even stands out a bit.

BC: Where does this beer’s name come from?
The beer name and concept come from the cultural heritage of our city, Buffalo, NY. Polish culture is enormous here. Many Eastern European immigrants came to Buffalo to work in grain silos and steel plants in the late 1800s and so much of the current population are their descendants. Pierogi, Golumpki and Pilsner are the comfort food around here (aside from chicken wings, of course). Dyngus Day- celebrated the day after Easter- is an enormously popular celebration and we brewed this beer in celebration of it and the coming of Spring (or the melting of snow at least).

BC: Is this your “desert island beer?”
My 'desert island beer' would definitely be a Czech or German Pils so yeah, honestly this would be a lovely companion.

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Harmoniously malty and hoppy, crisp and refreshing, Germanic

BC: What's a good food pairing for this beer?
The best food pairing for this beer would be farmer's cheese-stuffed Pierogi topped with caramelized onions and a dollop of dill-spiked sour cream.

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Shout out to Ryan Coleman my Brother in law on this one. Steve Stefanick