Lamplighter and Pammy’s teamed up on Pavona, an exclusive Pilsner selling the first time Sunday
If an Italian-style Pilsner meant for day-sipping that’s great with food sounds appealing, there’s exactly two places to get it starting Sunday: Pammy’s, the New American trattoria in Mid-Cambridge, and Lamplighter Brewing, a brewery and taproom in The Port.
Lamplighter brewmaster Tyler Fitzpatrick and Pammy’s bar manager Rob Ficks collaborated to create Pavona – as in “pavone,” which means “peacock” in Italian and refers to a mural at Pammy’s by children’s book illustrator Rebecca Walsh. In emailed comments, the beer sounds thirst-quenching but sophisticated, befitting the $5.05 per bottle it will cost at the Lamplighter counter or $8 it will cost on draft at Pammy’s, premiering as part of the final comfort food Pamily Sunday of the season. (A dollar from every bottle sold at Lamplighter is donated to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.)
Simon Flaim, head brewer at Lamplighter, is happy to get esoteric about what goes in to Pavona: “Locally grown Maine pilsner and Munich malts, noble Saaz hops and a small dry hop in the fermenter with a new hop variety called Contessa,” he said. “The touch of Munich malt adds a small backbone of breadiness that balances the earthy Saaz and florally aromatic Contessa hops. We brought in a new Lager yeast to use with this beer, which is what I am most excited about.”
There’s a simpler take from Ficks on the process of creating the exclusive beer.
“It is such a gift to be able to work with two local businesses that are so committed to excellence,” Ficks said. “From the very first brainstorming session to brewing the beer on their pilot system to the artwork design, it’s been great to be working on something fun like this, especially during these times. I can’t wait for people to try it.”
Pammy’s is at 928 Massachusetts Ave. and Tuesday through Sunday. Reservations are available for the final Pamily Sunday (and Pavona premiere) from 4 to 8 p.m. Lamplighter Brewing Co. is at 281 Broadway, open seven days from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.