Beer Pick: Do good, drink SweetWater Kick Plastic Pilsner this summer

SweetWater Kick Plastic Pilsner
SweetWater Kick Plastic Pilsner

Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Co. often releases seasonal beers that dedicate a portion of sales to a good cause. This year’s summer seasonal, Kick Plastic Pilsner, is no exception.

SweetWater explains the campaign this way: “Every year, millions of tons of single-use plastic finds its way into streams, rivers and oceans — and the problem is only getting worse. We’re teaming up with our fellow nature-lovers at Costa Sunglasses to mobilize a movement and help protect our watery world. Together we can #KickPlastic.”

And with that in mind, Kick Plastic Pilsner is this week’s Beer Pick.

Beer Pick

Kick Plastic Pilsner

SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta

Available on draft, in variety 12-packs, and 12-ounce six-pack cans.


SweetWater’s newest summer seasonal, Kick Plastic Pilsner, seems like a crazy name for a beer, until you find out what it’s all about. The team effort with Costa sunglasses and several conservation organizations is aimed at keeping single-use plastic from finding its way into streams, rivers and oceans.

Billed as a “Czech-style pils,” Kick Plastic Pilsner pours clear gold, with a sturdy white head, and soft, lingering carbonation. Brewed with Pilsner, Carapils, and Vienna malts, and Saaz, Loral, Azacca hops, it presents herbal and fruity notes on the palate, with a malty backbone, and a bit of bitterness in the finish.

Pair with

Like pilsners in general, Kick Plastic is easy to pair with almost anything. But since it’s a summer beer, try it with light bites like salads, sandwiches, or seafood, including raw oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, or a lobster roll with drawn butter and lemon.


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