3. Be a melting pot
Pivo uses 100% German malt, hops, and yeast; in terms of ingredients it actually is very traditional. But again, it’s not all about any one nation: Czech influence brings more bitterness and flavor, Italy provided the original reinterpretation of the classic style, and it all came together in Paso Robles, California.
4. Don’t be daunted by reception overseas
For centuries, dry hopping was verboten under Germany’s purity law, the Reinheitsgebot; if you dry hopped, you couldn’t call it beer. In recent years Germany’s relented on this, thanks in part to Schneider Weisse and a small cadre of indigenous craft brewers. But there’s a wide gulf between allowing something and praising it. Brynildson says that while Pivo kills it at the Great American Beer Festival, it doesn’t always fare as well in Germany. “They don’t disqualify it, but it raises some eyebrows."