In the past couple years, I've found myself gravitating toward the German-style beers and away from the ales. Something a little more subtle, please, and less consumed with packing as much flavor into each sip. A really nice pilsner is sort of what I'm looking for most often, especially in summer.
When I was in Berlin a few years back, a friend pointed out that a lot of the bars and restaurants near the Reichstag were devoted to regional food and drink from around Germany, frequented by legislators and staffers looking for tastes from home. We sought out a Kolsch bar right on the spree and loved the whole approach with the cylindrical glasses and the tallies on the coasters. Plus, on a hot summer day, the crisp beer meant to be served and consumed very fresh and cold was amazing. Certainly a lot better than the forgettable Berliner pils we were drinking everywhere else.
So at the Old Fashioned last week, I asked the bartender if they had any Kolsch on tap and, as it turns out, they have three. Is this a trend? It seems like I've found a few more pilsners than normal lately and now three Kolsch beers from state micros?
Two were unfiltered, so therefore not "German-style," but they were good. I liked the filtered one best: Kitzinger Kolsch from St. Francis.