New beers and handmade brooms.

The typhoon through and the temperature downed a little bit.
This summer is really really hot...
Please take care of yourself and have a nice summer vacations.

We released new beers for summers!

 ♪ MOTUEKA PALE ALE … We usually brew this beer for spring but we brewed one more batch for the summer. The Motueka hops flavor is matches also summer season. We had used malted wheat much more than other batch.  The taste get  more right and fresh.(5%)

 ♪ SUMMER PORTER … Light dark beer like a cold brew coffee drinking in the summer afternoon.  You can enjoy it slowly of its roasty aroma and malt flavor with low carbonation. (4.5%)

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 We visited the farmer who is growing broom cypress in Sodegaura city.
Our friend is creator handmade brooms and he has general shop near by our brewery.
 They called us to looking farm. Sodegaura city is good place for broom cypress. 

   This is the Broom cypress. It has seeds like a rice.
 The man who creates brooms,  he showed us to cropping the cypress in rhythmically.

 One broom needs about 100 cypress.
  The cypress grown in Sodegaura city is fine quality than other places.
  Soft and thickly bearded cypress are good for made brooms. he said.
  Several farmers growing cypress for him.

  He creates very beautiful brooms. These are very tough uses and the floor get clean and shine sweep with this. And I love to use it. He makes many type of brooms.

      He said he loves brooms so much. So he could keep on creating brooms for 60 years most of his life. Some materials made of brooms are in shortage like rattan and wire year by year. But he always create brooms or something else and his wife works in the shop.

  The real craftsman shop in 5 minutes walk from brewery.
   Please visit there if you like brooms.


We closed our bottle shop today.

We closed our bottle shop because of the typhoon today.
Sorry for inconvenience.


Floods in Western Japan.

We were very saddened to hear about the earthquake in Osaka, and torrential rain and floods in Western Japan.

 We watch the news about the rain right after the news about earthquake in Osaka. And now weather is changing to extremely hot.
The weather news says it will be really high temperature whole area of Japan in this weekend. Please take care of yourself.


Wheat grown in Chonan town

 The rain falls almost everyday in this season. I love rain.
 We visited the Chonan Farm Unions to buy new harvested wheat. 

  This unmalted wheat is an essential ingredient for the wheat which is used in our  regular beer and some of our seasonal beers, especially our wild beers.
 The wheat, which is grown in Chonan town, takes about an hour from our brewery by car.

  The wheat is harvested at the end of May.   
  It passed some processes like sorting, being dried and it also took the prefecture's inspections. 
  And it is ready for shipping.

   The harvest of this year increased 30% compared to last year.
 We had a look inside the machines in the barn.

These are machines for sorting and threshing.

The machines for drying wheat stand on the right side of the picture, continuing on to the back of the room. It's big.
About 15 members of a union grow wheat from the beginning of the process to the end in this old barn and the yard around it.
 Everybody is tanned and talks with a country accents. They are all cheerful and nice. 

 We found a wheat field by coincidence two years ago.
We were glad we could buy a small amount of wheat.  

   We hope we can use these for good beers.


Ume beer. 9th June will be closed.

The rainy season has set in.
Hydrangeas in my yard are getting more beautiful in the rain.

  I love those colors.

 We couldn't harvest enough cherries and loquats for beer this season.
 The fruits got scratched so we couldn't use it.
 Instead, we picked a few for desserts.
 The freshness and sunlight gives a perfect taste.

We harvested a lot of Japanese apricots / ume this year.
It grows well every year. We usually use it for ume-boshi, a kind of pickles.
But we used them for the beer too.
We have two kinds of ume trees. A small ume tree and big ume tree. 
We used small ume for the beer because we prefer the smell of it.
Its taste will become sour by the acidity of ume.  We hope it will be nice.

 We will release Summer Porter from this week.
  There are 5 kinds of beer on the shelf.
  It is a low carbonated Belgian porter. It's roasty but not bitter and
 good for a hot and humid day.

Blueberry and Raspberry will be in season soon.
Check the local farmer's market if you visit Chiba.
Enjoy your weekend!

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 We will close our bottle shop on 9th June.
Sorry for the inconvenience. 


New beers.

 We open our bottle shop as always, 12:00~19:00,Fri/Sat/Sun.
 Our previous camera was broken, so we bought new one, strted using today.
 We have 4 kinds of beer this week. Blonde and Wheat are back on the shelf!

 We also have new beers for this season.
 ♪ Summer Orange and Ginger … We used local summer orange and Ginger to brew this wheat beer. We also used some local unmalted wheat, so beer is cloudy.
For summer orange we try to buy from the same person every year. we asked her let oranges on the tree as long as possible. we used whole oranges, meaning not only peel, but juice and white pith. This beer has citrusy (zesty) aroma, a touch of sourness, dry-ginger taste, of course Belgian yeast notes...and so on.

 We made this beautiful label !!

 The label was based on a top of the mountain in Kimitsu-city and our customer, who likes to go there by bike. Kaii Higashiyama got his inspiration for his "Afterglow" from the same mountain. Summer Orange tree is imaginary. This picture is not only about beautiful mountains but the friendship between our customer and his bicycle.

 The other new beer is
 ♪ Le Orage… The name means "Lightning" in French. This Belgian brown ale has firm maltiness, but a little bit more bitter than usual belgian brown ale to make it dry enough for the warm weather.

 We will attend Sangyo-sai in Anegasaki,Ichihara on 20th.
 Our bottle shop will be open as usual, too.

 Enjoy your weekend !

 We cleaned and repainted our signboard.
 It's much better now!!


Back from Kyoto

 We passed many mountains and rivers, and we came back to Kisarazu from Kyoto last night.

  We traveled for 4 days. It has been longer than we expected because we visited some people on the road.

   It rained a lot during Kyoto craft beer festa, unfortunately .
 However, The event was crowded all day long.

 We thank everyone involved in the event.

 We had many people come to our place and said "we heard about Songbird from......" We are very grateful that we felt supported even in Kyoto.

 We did some chores today....
 We found some of our vegetables in the garden were eaten by bugs, wondering if we re-plant some or not. we will go back to be normal little by little.