与謝野へ里帰り (Yosano Homecoming)

¥3,600

One unique characteristic of modern beer brewing is that, for the most part, it can be carried out in any season under any conditions. Changes to each year’s hop and malt harvest, as well as seasonal temperature fluctuations, do of course make product consistency difficult, but to a much less extent than the methods used by most modern wineries and sake breweries. That is part of the reason that our yearly brew using fresh picked hops grown locally in the Town of Yosano in northern Kyoto is so exciting for us. Unlike the dried and pelletized hops that most modern breweries use, this brew is unique in that we pick hops straight off the bine and use them in the kettle within 24 hours, forgoing all forms of processing. Scheduling the brew based upon yeast availability also means that we only find out what varieties are available a few days before the brew, if not the day of. In many ways, we are at the mercy of the hop gods and the quality of their bounty. Due to our good relationship with the Yosano Hop Growers Guild, as well as our proximity to the hop fields, we are one of the few breweries using Kyoto hops that are using truly fresh hops instead of the packaged frozen ones more commonly available. That means that the hops retain more of their true “fresh” character. This year’s Chinook was great with hints of peach on top of the usual green and grassy fresh picked character. These aromas blended very well with our house yeast as well as the addition of Spelt, making an easy drinking yet complex brew worthy of the harvest! Special thanks to Jun Kubota (Beer Café Bakujun) and Julien and Nobu Caudron (looking to start their own brewery Kohachi Beerworks コ八醸造 in Miyazu) for helping with the harvest.

Naming: It has been five years since we first started using hops grown in Yosano, and the first time since brew number one in 2015 that we have picked Chinook from one of the original fields. In many ways, this year felt like going back to our roots of involvement with their hop project--a homecoming of sorts!

Style:
Fresh Hop Saison
Malt Bill:
Pilsner, Spelt
Hops:
Bittering - Chinook
Flavour/Aroma - Fresh Chinook (Yosano Grown)
Yeast:
Belgian Ale
ABV:
5.5%
IBU:
18 (note: this is an estimate due to the hops being freshly picked and not undergoing analysis for their bittering potential)
Gas Volumes:
2.4
Bottle JAN Code:
4589718740218
Best Before Date:
3 months from packaging