What spotted there recently but my inflamed eyes at the local supermarket, in a secluded corner, are offered for sale in the normally only organic foods: Small beer bottles with idiosyncratic labels, I've never seen. However, my full attention owed the bottle an even smaller label, with the magic word “Half hangaku” – Half price. If hot, The newcomer did not cost 480 Yen, also fast 4 Euro, but only 240 Yen. A bargain so, almost. Respectively as expensive as ordinary Japanese beers.
At home the loot was beheaded during the evening feast. “Golden Ale” called the first type (I also captured still Porter). And the first sip electrified. Ah, just as beer should taste! Almost Forgot! Without überteiben this was one of the best in Japan as far tasted beers, and I have already condemned tried a lot over the years. Short a glance thrown on the label: “Brimmer Brewing” told me first nothing, but the manufacturing site already: Kawasaki. And just 7 Kilometers away from me. A really good Microbrew Ji-biiru (local beer) – from my city. That I need to tell, of course, and therefore there is this article here. Advertising quasi, but unpaid, have noticed.
From a Californian in Japan brewed Altbier
Since the master brewer according to the website pleased Product Reviews, I wanted everyone to know my. Although I lacked something porter-like the on Porter, but the Golden Ale really had me entranced. Prompt came a reply, the same even explained, why his Porter is, what it is, and that I should really stop by times, if I have time. That's what I did yesterday, to Kind 2 (we call him dear son 1) yet motley stuck with chicken pox at home.
The brewery is small, Refined and located in Kuji, near the Tama river. Outside is no evidence of the brewery – it is a completely normal, small factory. The owner, Scott Brimmer, comes from California, is very sympathischund his craft has learned in his home – and there around 15 working years in the brewing industry. His Japanese woman he met there, and they lived there for the time being, but the health situation of the parents she let 2011 decide, to build a new life in Japan. And so the two founded a small brewery. A large part of the apparatuses – much of it, incidentally, produced in Germany – they could from the bankrupt brewery in Hiroshima buying.
Who wants a brewing license, naturally has to deal with a lot of bureaucracy in Japan. So you have to prove, for example,, that one has studied the craft (no matter where, as long as everything is translated) has worked well for a few years in the commercial. Furthermore, one has to demonstrate to the satisfaction, that at least 60’000 Liters per year can produce and will – and, Here it is interesting – you have to prove also, that already customers for at least 30’000 has liters per year. One should therefore sell the pig in a poke.
In the small, but fine brewery
The brewery now has already won a prize as well run Startup well as a few other prices. 80% Beer emissions is shipped in barrels of bars and restaurants throughout Japan, only 20% be bottled. Also German bars / restaurants belong to the customer. The high price of imported hops, barley, yeast, etc.. ensure, that these small breweries are far from competitive prices, But that is indeed the case, and difficult to change in microbreweries in other countries. Added to this is the horrendously high beer tax in Japan: For every liter produced brewers have 225 Yen (fast 2 Euro) steal immediately to the state. Although there were plans, reduce beer tax (and in turn to increase the tax for all the miserable beer derivatives), but this plan sank quietly into the dustbin of parliaments).
Recently commissioned a German tavern in Tokyo (Name unfortunately forgotten – appears to be relatively new) Brimmer Brewing order, to brew an Altbier, and that I should something absolutely try and make known, whether that approaches to the original. Now I'm not from the D'village-area and it is probably over 10 Years ago, that I enjoyed one beer, but the two samples reminded me strongly of Altbier (not to Diebels, rather to the smaller varieties, you get almost all in Dusseldorf) and were very tasty – with a lot of depth. And as Scott stood there and some cool Altbier from 1’000-Liter tanks bottled for tasting, He looked to me like one of the luckiest people in the world. For sure,de, easily he will not have it, but you can tell him the passion, and the result is very successful. And – the brewery expands: Scott is currently planning, to use the neighboring building also.
Even technology from Germany is at the start
In this sense, – should your time a tap in Tokyo or elsewhere discover, on the “Brimmer” is – always serve up some potions! It is worth.
Incidentally, there are also at least two German master brewer in Japan (one of both, Stephan Rager, is “purveyor” the German Embassy). Even their beers are top notch, but geared more to southern German flavor.