First brewed: 1996
What it changed: Pilsners are deceptively simple in their ingredients, but insanely difficult to master in execution. That might explain why, up until Pennsylvania’s Victory burst onto the scene back in 1996, Americans largely left the brewing to the Czechs, relegating the style to the import section. But when Victory debuted its flagship Prima Pils, they unwittingly threw down the gauntlet. Suddenly, craft brewers were trying their hand at the pilsner game, some with more success than others, and as Victory’s footprint expanded, so too did its influence, as evidenced by the emergence of more and more pilsners and kolsches typically reserved for biergartens. It remains the high water mark for American pilsners two decades later.