Akita Prefecture Beer Tasting: Tazawako Beer-Kölsch

SHIZUOKA GOURMETS

The great thing about AOI BEER STAND in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, is that they not only serve their own craft beers, that is those brwed by Aoi Brewing Co., but also offer all kinds f other Japanese craft beers on tap!

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This time they hserve on tap a Germnan-style Kölsch craft beer produced by tazawako Beer Co. in Akita Prefecture!

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Served on tap
Barley, malt, hop, yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 5 %
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: light orange
Bubbles: very fine bubbles, creamy, longish head, white
Aroma: light and refreshing. Bread
Taste: very light, fresh and fruity attack.
Bread, oranges.
Ends up on a drier note with a little welcome acidity.
Tends to become fruitier with food.

Overall: very refreshing beer for all seasons, unlees you prefer to drink it chilled in summer Frankly speaking there is no need…

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Smuttlabs White IPA (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Beer in my Belly

Style: White IPA (Hybrid: Belgian Wit with IPA level hops)

4.5% ABV

Price: $$

From: Seacoast, NH

Availability: Limited (Mostly in NH and select accounts in the North East)

Brewery’s Note: “A White IPA brewed with witbier yeast, coriander, two types of orange peel and lots of Citra hops.”

The beer pours a pale and oranging yellow, sort of like dehydrated piss. The beer pours with a small head of fizzy white bubbles with lackluster retention. The bubbles leave very slick and slippery bubbles on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is clear and clean, with a slight haze, but no floating particles. On the nose, the beer smells like spiced orange juice. Coriander and orange peel blend with rich, citrusy pine and mango scents, and a bready sweetness lingers below everything else. The scent is very crisp and clean for Belgian yeast. Its low on esters…

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4 Pines Brewing Company Pale Ale vs Balmain Brewing Company Pale Ale

clear and sober counsel

Not every day calls for a wine. Okay I’m lying: my cellar isn’t extensive enough to always have wine. Either way, today was a day for beer!

There’s a dizzyingly large array of craft beers available in Australia these days. Following in North America’s craft scene, Australian consumers are ditching mass-produced swill in favour of something with flavour.

It’s not without good reason that the saying, “Not all beers are created equal,” is so prevalent. There are typically four components of most commercial beers: water, malted barley, yeast and hops, each of which can completely alter the final flavour of a beer.

Hops, the herbaceous perennials that give beers much of their final flavour, like grape varieties are enormously varied in flavour, strength and bitterness.

Coupled with the numerous varieties of malts available, the yeasts used and even something as innocuous as the local water source, and you begin to…

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