新天地 (New Frontier)
When we first started KBC, we were very adamant that we would never make a lager. Part of this was influenced by the rebellious beginnings of the American craft beer industry, which labeled these beers as "pale yellow fizzy stuff" and disowned them in favour of highly hopped and high ABV IPAs. The other motivation came from the envious nature of the Japanese craft beer as well as conglomerate brewing scene: good lagers are in abundance, meaning there was less opportunity to bring something new or unique to the style.
Oh how times change. Witnessing the tumultuous shifting of fads within the craft beer industry, we found one thing never changed: at the end of a long day, we just wanted a beer. Not a fancy beer, not a "mind blowing" beer, just a pure, simple, delicious beer. Nine times out of ten, this meant that the beers we were most excited to order were those that we initially dismissed--pale, yellow lagers.
Inspired by the recent trend of traditionally hopped pilsner and lager that are sweeping the craft beer industry in America, we decided that simplicity was the name of the game. We blended two types of pilsner malt, Belgian and German, and used a lager strain from the south of that country. Hops were kept very traditional and sought to keep a balance between flavour and bitterness. We also bypassed the usual water treatment that we do in order to emphasize the soft nature of Kyoto water as much as possible.
The result is a perfectly drinkable beer that is at home in any setting. It never gets in the way of food or conversation, but never leaves you wanting for more character either. In short, it is the perfect anytime beer. Pale yellow? Yes. Fizzy? Yes. Delicious? Most definitely!
Naming: The widespread land of lagers was one largely untravelled by KBC. While it's not like we didn't enjoy drinking them before, our appreciation of what it takes to make a clean, crisp and yet characterful lager has only increased along with our interest in making one ourselves. With this, we decided to set out on what was for us a path untravelled, and therefore our new frontier.
- Malt Bill:
- Bittering - Styrian Goldings Bobek
- Flavour/Aroma - Hallertauer Mittelfruh
- Gas Volume: