10/15/2018

New Beers for fall.

Autumn has come.
And beers of season are also released!
  
  
 ♪ EXTRA … It is a Belgian Ale 6.5ABV. It has much more flavor of malt, hop, yeast than BLONDE.

 ♪ MALTINA … It is a malty Belgian double. You can feel caramel and raisins of the malt and fruitiness of the yeast. Please enjoy it slowly and little high temperature.(7%)

 ♪ Dark Lavender … It is a romantic Belgian dark ale flavored with lavender grown by neighbor.  Light mouthfeel and Aroma is a hint of dark chocolate and full of lavender.  (5.5%)

  I lost the pictures of neighbor's lavender. But they are so beautiful.
  The neighbors are so kind and let me in the garden despite I visit them uninformed. The wife of the house said she loves this kind of lavender especially.
I agree with that. It is so nice aroma and looks beautiful.
We used a lot of them much more than other years.
We recommend it pair with ram chop or lib.

 Have a nice Holidays!!

9/08/2018

Looking back on this summer.

This summer was a little tough for us.
Some brewing tools broke and unexpected troubles happened.

  The biggest trouble was we couldn't buy bottles to fill the beer.
  Our bottle maker went completely out of stock.
  So we had to wait for the bottles to be produced for a month.

  We had beers we should bottling then, so we bought bottles that are a different shape from another supplier.

  Our beer filler was broken at the same time and we bought new one but the model changed and it is really hard to use...

  Many problems happened this summer.
 But now everything is alright.

 Now our bottle beers look different like the picture below.


 The bottle shape is different, but the amount is the same 330ml as before.
 We will use this temporary bottle for another month.
Sorry for any trouble this causes. Cheers!

8/30/2018

Beer for fall.

 We can feel cool wind in the late afternoon recently.
 Fall comes closer day by day. This Summer is too hot and long for me.

   Our beer stock was not enough for the long term, but standards and some fall beers are on the shelf from this week.


  
  ♪ Bière de Garde … We release this beer every fall.
      Originally Bière de Garde is a French style which means "Beer for Keeping".
  But we brew this beer as a Belgian amber ale brewed before the summer and stock it for fall. It has a malty and complex flavor, good to pair with fall meals.


  ♪ Giono … It is a country dark ale.
         You will feel roastiness and grains of the malt.
         The long aftertaste runs through your nose and it makes you imagine you are in a small country town somewhere.

    And we have BLONDE, Wheat and a new batch of Brett - TABLE BEER which is fermented with our new house wild yeast too.

      Now, we have 5 kinds of beer.

  We hope the weather gets more comfortable soon, although
    the weather news says there will be some hot days next week.
   
  Have a nice weekend!

8/10/2018

New beers and handmade brooms.

The typhoon passed through and the temperature went down a little bit.
This summer is really really hot...
Please take care of yourself and have a nice summer vacation.

We released new beers for summer!


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

 ♪ SUMMER PORTER … Light dark beer like a cold brew coffee 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 a creator of handmade brooms and he has general shop near our brewery.
 They called us to see the farm. Sodegaura city is a good place for broom cypress. 
 
 

   This is the Broom cypress. It has seeds like rice.
 The man who creates brooms,  showed us how to crop the cypress rhythmically.
 

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


  He creates very beautiful brooms. They are very tough and the floor gets clean and shine if you sweep with this. And I love to use it. He makes many types of brooms.

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

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

7/28/2018

We closed our bottle shop today.


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

7/14/2018

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.


6/21/2018

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.