A new guest writer joins us today. Donavan Hall lives on Long Island in New York, USA. He is an editor and freelance writer. He writes a weekly column about beer for The Spirit World. He also writes a blog called Catch & Release.
I am a beer writer and I live right on the border of Long Island Wine Country. I can hop in the car with my family and in ten minutes be sitting in the tasting room of one of Long Island's many artisanal wineries. So what do I do? I search for little cafés where I can grab some stinky cheese and - you guessed it - a beer.
One of our favorite destinations on Long Island's North Fork is a little town called Mattituck. It's a teeny town with about a block and a half of cool shops where you can get knick-knacks from the south of France and the stinkiest of the world's cheeses. In this microcosm of up-scale taste, there's a little café called Patti B's. When you go in, Patti will greet you with a smile and point you to a table. She's got quite a line up of wines for the wine hunters buzzing up and down Highways 48 and 25, but she's got three beers: Guinness, Corona, and Kisz Bier.
Kisz is pronounced just like "kiss." Kisz Bier is a Pilsner brewed in the Czech Republic by Prazske Pivovary, brewers of Staroparmen. There are two kinds of Kisz Bier: the Classic Czech Lager and the Classic Czech Dark Lager. The Classic Czech Lager is light in color, but its has plenty of flavor. This beer isn't as bitter as a typical Bohemian or Bavarian lager, but it has a lot more hop bitterness than most all American style lagers.
Unfortunately, Kisz Bier is only available in the New York Metropolitan region, which includes Long Island. Meyer Olshin of Kisz Bier USA, the importer, says he's working on establishing a national distribution network. Keep your eyes peeled. If you are interested, there's a good article in New York Press about Meyer Olshin and how he created Kisz Bier.