Italy\u2019s winemakers have long inspired vintners the world over, but the country\u2019s brewers have become trendsetters, too.\r\n\r\nThe latest buzzy style inspired by the boot\u2019s beer? Pilsner. The approach marries a magnified zesty, herbal fragrance with moderate alcohol and high drinkability.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt combines a touch of what we love in IPAs with the sensibility of a crisp lager,\u201d says Matt Brynildson, brewmaster of Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, California.\r\n\r\nThe style\u2019s inception tracks to Birrificio Italiano brewery in northern Italy, circa 1996. That\u2019s when Agostino Arioli, the founder and head brewer, created Tipopils, a dry, bitter German-style Pilsner with an unorthodox twist.\r\n\r\nIn Germany, dry-hopping (a process that incorporates fragrant hops after fermentation) is prohibited by the Reinheitsgebot, or beer purity law that limits the ingredients allowed in the country\u2019s beer.\r\n\r\nArioli, however, chose to dry-hop Tipopils. He used refined varieties known as noble hops, famed for their earthy, floral and spicy characteristics.\r\n\r\nItalian regulations have temporarily halted the beer\u2019s export to the U.S., making its recent stateside popularity all the more fortuitous.\r\n\r\n\r\nFive Italian Pilsners to Try\r\nLuppolo\r\nOxbow Brewing Company\r\nThe Maine farmhouse brewery\u2019s unfiltered Luppolo (Italian for \u201chop\u201d) was the first to label itself as an Italian-style Pilsner. It\u2019s generously dry-hopped with spicy, floral Tettnanger hops for a pop of lemon zest.\r\nBirra Alpinista\r\nSchilling Beer Company\r\nNew Hampshire\u2019s Schilling got together with Maine\u2019s Foundation Brewing Company for this \u201cconvivial collaboration\u201d that contains Eraclea Tipo Pilsner malt, grown northeast of Venice. Pale straw in color, it drinks dry, with an earthy and herbal aroma reminiscent of mums.\r\nPivo Pilsner\r\nFirestone Walker Brewing Company\r\nInspired by Italy\u2019s archetypal Tipopils, this was built with both German malts and Saphir hops, and lavishly dry-hopped like a West Coast IPA. The result is a crisp, calibrated Pilsner, its bracing aroma redolent of fresh-cut lemongrass.\r\nTerrifica\r\nWayfinder Beer\r\nConceived in conjunction with Heater Allen Brewing and Modern Times Beer, this is a tribute to both Tipopils and Italian-style horror films. Snappy, sunny and tinder dry, it\u2019s assertively hopped with spicy German varieties like Spalt Select and Tettnanger.\r\nSense of Purpose\r\nGreen Cheek Beer Co.\r\nSmoothed out with a smidgen of white wheat and seasoned with German hop varieties like Magnum and Huell Melon, this is a super-effervescent Italian style Pils from sunny southern California. Think: lemon zest delicately scattered atop just-baked bread.