In 1868 Queen Victoria visited Luzern for an incognito holiday beside the lake. This thirst-quenching, pilsner-style* ale was brewed in her honour.
Victoria 1868 is a hybrid, pilsner-style-ale that is brewed with the perfect Swiss mountain water, original/noble Czech hops and the best of English barley; it is then gently "top-fermented" with my usual high quality English ale yeast. Victoria is then lagered/stored for 3 months, as one must lager lager. Whilst Victoria 1868 looks and acts like your typical pilsner/lager, she is still a "real ale", which means: unpasteurized, unfiltered and is bottle conditioned i.e the fizziness comes from the yeast performing a secondary fermentation in the bottle.
* In 1927 Switzerland made an agreement with the Czech Republic that the Swiss wouldn't call any beer made in Switzerland "Pilsner" or "Pils", and the Czech's wouldn't call any of their cheeses Emmentaler....hence the Swiss word "Spezial" (or "Spezli") for a Swiss-brewed pilsner-style beer.
2019 European Beer Challenge, London, England
Gold Medal - Category "Experimental beer" (entered as a Hybrid Pilsner/ale)
Alc. 4.7% Vol.
330ml. Crown cap bottle.
Batch#172 - 1445 bottles - Brew Date 15.03.20 - Release date: 14.10.2020