Tom’s Not A NZ Pilsner

Tom Fontes’ won the 2024 Doug King Memorial Homebrew Competition with this beer that he entered as a New Zealand Pils – despite there being nary a single NZ hop pellet in the recipe. What he made was a fast turn around, crisp and hoppy lager that disappeared in a month’s time and won him a chance to brew it at Lawless Brewing in North Hollywood. (Featured on Episode 163 of the Brew Files)

Recipe Author: Tom Fontes
Beer Style: West Coast Pilsner (Hoppy Pils)
Batch Size: 6.0
Boil Time: 60 minutes
Original Gravity: 1.049
Est Final Gravity: 1.013
IBUs: 43
SRM: 3
ABV: 5%


11 lbs Origin Classic Pils Malt 95.5%
0.5 lbs CaraPils 4.5%

Water Profile

Ca 98 Mg 11.5 Na 9 Cl 88.5 SO4 160.7


Main Rest – 150°F for 60 minutes


Tettnang –% 7.4 IBU 60 minutes
ID-158 “Pink” 10 IBUs 0 minutes
ID-158 “Pink” 25.3 IBUs Whirlpool 165-180°F for 15-20 minutes
ID-158 “Pink” 4.0 oz Dry Hop for 7 days
HBC 586 1.5 oz Dry Hop for 7 days
Mosaic Cryo 0.5 oz Dry Hop for 7 days


Cellar Science “German”


ALDC at knockout
Yeast Nutrient at pitch
ALDC at Dry Hop


Chill wort to 55°F at pitch.
Ferment for 3 days at 58°F
Let rise to 68°F for the remainder and then dry hop.