Godspeed – Silny Lezak (355ml)
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Godspeed Brewery owner and head brewer Luc “Bim” Lafontaine cut his teeth homebrewing in the 1990’s, and then eventually became the brewmaster at Monteal’s famous Dieu du Ciel! brewery. After leaving Montreal to live in Japan and open his own brewery, Lafontaine was caught between red tape and the pull of coming home, so he came back to Canada and opened Godspeed in 2015.
Lafontaine is striving to craft beers of simplicity and finesse that express the cardinal flavor of their ingredients. He draws inspiration from traditional Czech brewing and Japanese cuisine, prizing above all the keen attention and care required to allow each element to articulate itself as a discrete part of the composition. When it comes to Godspeed beers, an “inspiration first” approach is taken; each release its own capstone after many years of travel, collaboration, experimentation, and personal growth. The beer portfolio is intentionally eclectic, running the gamut from bright hoppy pale ales, to classic malt-driven lagers, to bubbly and acerbic saisons. At Godspeed, great pride is taken in honouring centuries-old brewing traditions while putting their own stamp on a variety of styles, often with the help of expressive Japanese ingredients.
In recent years, Lafontaines deepening ties to Czechia have sparked an insatiable desire to brew authentic Czech-style lagers of great distinction.
This Czech Premium Strong Pale Lager sees Czech floor malted pilsner malts and Czech Saaz hops form an array of rich caramelized, bready malt notes and herbal, spice hop character. Expect luscious malt depth that is quickly dried out from an elevated alcohol in conjunction with a firmly bitter finish.
Silny Lezak is a continuation of Luc’s ongoing efforts to brew beers in the Czech tradition. This particular lager was inspired by his visit to the Budvar Brewery in the Czech city of České Budějovice. Within its maze of lagering vessels, he tried a bolder and maltier version of the pale lagers he’d grown accustomed to and decided to craft one of his own for proper winter drinking. In accordance with Czech brewing philosophy, Godspeed’s version was decocted and cold conditioned for 8 weeks.