Pilsner Urquell is in brown bottles now...I was surprised to find out it's not as, or at all, skunky.
There was an event at the World of Beer bar chain that had unfiltered-unpasteurized PU kegs flown over. Dang that was a good beer. Guess what - no Diacetyl!
I would be happy just to have the opportunity to taste non-skunked PU.
Yeah, I'd love to try that.
Yes the 12 packs in the closed cardboard containers with the brown bottles are pretty darn good.
FWIW, when I visited the PU brewery in Pilsen in 2002 and they gave you the tour with the old oak vat fermentors, and they pour you a sample out of those vats, it has a little diacetyl. I suspect the yeast in the keg that Jeff got cleaned up the diacetyl during the voyage over the pond.
Jeff Renner, who is hyper-sensitive to Diacetyl, said he got no Diacetyl in the ones in Pilsen out of the vat last fall or the one at WoB. There is probably some batch variation, or how long the beer has been in the vat. If you got a hint, it was there.
The adds from PU and WoB showed wood kegs of beer. The reality was a 50 liter European SS sanke keg.