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Still in its infancy, the Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston is churning out yet another brew: the Pils-Noir.

"It's an innovative black pilsner," Fred Maier, vice president and co-founder of Susquehanna Brewing Company, said.

This is due to the brewing process used, a husk-free milling process and old Czech technique called decoction mashing. Decoction mashing is a technique used to conduct multi-step mashes without adding water or applying heat to the mash tun, another name for a brewing container. A third of the mash is removed to another pot and heated to conversion temperature, then boiled and returned to the mash tun.

"This creates color and complexity while giving the beer a smoother, lighter body," Maier said. "The beer is then finished with a generous amount of Czech Saaz hops for a distinctly European finish at 33 IBUs."

The beer is made from Pearl barley and malted by Munton's, CaraMalt and Crystal malts.

Pils-Noir is available in select bars for now but will become a staple brew for the company.

SBC recently opened up its facilities for tours. The tours, which include tastings, run at 3 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturdays.


Brewed by: Susquehanna Brewing Company, Pittston

Type: Pilsner

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