Belgian White Ale
ABV 5%This beer features Niyodogawa-cho grown sansho and ginger, which together provide a spicy accent to the fruity backbone of this Belgian style beer. Citrus peel and coriander seeds balance out the flavor profile to produce a refreshing beer which is great while enjoying a nature walk, especially along the Nakatsu River.
ABV 6%Rice has historically been difficult to grow in the mountainous terrain of Niyodogawa-cho, so residents grew up on other staples, such as Satsumaimo. Our stout features locally grown satsumaimo, which we broil and mash, creating a rich mouthfeel to our stout. A small dose of chocolate malt adds an interesting balance to the aroma and flavor profile. Enjoy with hearty foods, such as the smoked Amego we serve at BLUE BREW.
Green Tea IPA
ABV 5.5%We named this beer after highway 439, which is the main road to get around Niyodogawa-cho. Views from this scenic highway are incredible, including the Niyodogawa River, vast cedar and hinoki forests, and well manicured terraced tea fields. We make this beer with an infusion of green tea, which is one of our town's cherished agricultural products. The result is a well balanced, not too bitter, polyphenol-rich IPA that finishes with a refreshing citrus zest. This beer pairs well with most foods (like green tea does with a meal), and it is also delicious just by itself.
ABV 6.5%This is Ken's table beer as a homebrewer. Originally a light, clear beer at 4.5% ABV this recipe evolved over many years to be more hazy, hoppy, and malty, and finishes almost with the bitterness of an IPA. This beer is named after the place of its origin. When sipping this beer, we hope you think of the beautiful sandy beaches of Santa Monica -- only a few kilometers from where this beer was developed.
New England India Pale Ale
Look around Niyodogawa-cho and you'll see homes perched near the top of steep mountains hundreds of meters above the main road. This reminds us of Machu Picchu, the Peruvian World Heritage Site, except out here we still have folks who live up there! We named this beer as a tribute to those residents and their ancestors who figured out how to balance their lives while living at extreme heights. We found the name fitting also because this beer involves some extreme hopping yet it finishes with a delicious balance between bitterness, mouthfeel, aroma, and tropical flavor.
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Limited Releases on tap
Hiryu has all the characteristics of an American Double New England IPA. It has a soft mouthfeel, balanced bitterness, and fruit-bomb juiciness. The look is super hazy due to the oats, wheat, and especially due to the large infusion of hops. The American and Australian hops combination results in aroma and flavors that are full of fruits -- citrus, peach, and tropical. If you liked Uryu (our first Double NEIPA), then we think you’ll enjoy this one too. If you’ve never enjoyed a Double IPA, we recommend you start with this one. 16L is all we produced. On tap now at Blue Brew!
West Coast IPA
This brew was inspired by the region where some of our favorite West Coast IPAs come from. Abundantly hopped, bitter, dank, and delicious. Brewed on our homebrew system so only 16L produced. Only available on tap at Blue Brew taproom. Sorry, no growler fills for this one.
We figured a double IPA would make a good addition to our serving list, so we took our classic recipe from our homebrew days in America and modified it for an infusion of our local green tea. The result is a brew with dominating tropical and citrus aroma and flavor balanced with low bitterness and a juicy mouthfeel. We used our homebrew system to make this, so this is a very limited release with just 16L produced. Only available at Blue Brew Taproom! Sorry, no growler fills for this one.