夕焼けの雫 (Sunset Juice)
For the most part, we have been reluctant to use fruit, herbs, or spices in many of our beers, save for the occasional collaboration. This has less to do with us not liking fruit in beer, but not caring for the way fruit is used in a lot of beers in Japan and throughout the world. There is something about the way that the acidity and sweetness of the fruit seems to clash with the post fermentation pH and sugar content of most “normal” beers, making us wonder if the beer hadn’t been better off without any fruit in it. That totally changes in the world of sours, where the low pH is nicely balanced by the residual fermentation sugars, leaving the perfect canvas for the flavours of fruits and herbs.
Sunset Juice was the first of what we hope will be many experiments with sours using such ingredients, and we looked to mikan orange peel and hibiscus for this unique brew. Inspired by a drink native to the Caribbean called Agua de Jamaica (among many other names), this sour beer gets its beautiful hue and refreshing, berry-like flavour from the liberal steeping of hibiscus flowers. The dried flowers are naturally acidic and are mainly used in preserves and teas, where they are said to have a wide range of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure to boosting the immune system. Mikan orange peel plays a unique role in this brew in that we did not look to it for flavour, but rather as an alternative to bittering hops while at the same time laying down a supporting fruitiness. We think you will agree there is nothing like the refreshing character of Sunset Juice!
Naming: With the recipe for this beer drawing inspiration from a native Caribbean drink, we thought it interesting to take a further look at some of the other beverages native to this region of the world. One drink that immediately grabbed our attention was ‘Sky Juice’.
Depending upon the country, the locals varied the recipe greatly, with anything from coconut water to koolaid to cane sugar being used. In KBC’s case, the wonderful pinkish-red hue that the hibiscus imparted to the beer reminded us of a Caribbean sunset, so ‘Sunset Juice” only seemed natural!
- Fruit Sour
- Malt Bill:
- Pilsner, Wheat
- Bittering - None (bittering from orange mikan peel)
- Flavour/Aroma - None
- Hibiscus, dried orange mikan peel
- Belgian Ale
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