Tried and True: Schmaltz Brewing Company’s Mermaid Pilsner

I’ve been unusually quiet lately and it’s because I’ve been obsessing over these profiles stories I’m writing! Strangely enough, both profiles (about a chef and a beer enthusiast) have introduced me to a lot of beer on both fronts but it was visiting Roberta’s (the hub of the chef I profiled) that led to me to cross paths with Schmaltz’s Mermaid Pilsner, a fantastic local beer.



Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day. So beautiful in fact that I got away a light jacket and no layering! After I conducted my last interview with the chef he said I could sit in the restaurant’s garden, finish my beer and hang out. For the first time in a long time, I actually felt the sun’s rays and sipping this gorgeous pilsner was the icing on top of the cake. At first the hops were an assault on my over-porter-ed taste buds but through those final sips they were a complete pleasure. Schmaltz Mermaid pils is bright and crispy with lovely and slightly bold hops alongside a good kick of carbonation. It’s color is golden with short-lived white head and hints of caramel and citrus.

The Verdict: As I sat in the garden sipping that beer and reading The American Way of Eating, I was overcome by a complete sense of relaxation and this beer was a large part of that. It was refreshing, smooth and not too heavy. After I’d finished it, I still felt energized enough to walk home with a nice buzz carrying me the entire way.

The Facts:

  • Alc/Vol: 5.0%
  • Style: Pilsner
  • Bottle: 12 oz.
  • Available on draft: Yes.

About Nikita Richardson

My name is Nikita Richardson. I'm a recent graduate of NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute where I earned a Master's degree in Magazine Writing. I got my start as a music blogger ( and as part of a semester-long assignment, I've became a beer blogger. These days I'm working as an editorial fellow at The L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine where I continue to write about music and beer among other things. You can check out my portfolio at my professional blog:
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