Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Collaboration Green Tea Beer
Stone Brewing, Baird Brewing and Ishii Brewing collaborated on a Japanese Green Tea IPA to benefit Japan's earthquake victims. I agree on the cause and will support it with a bottle purchase, but I'll admit that I am skeptical about this beer. I hope my reservations are allayed. I have never been a fan of Japanese beers - fizzy yellow beers at their finest - but the one Hitachino beer I had was pretty good. The one time I had tea as a food ingredient, an Extraordinary Desserts pastry (or some sweet) made with Earl Grey tea, was not enjoyable. I do like IPAs, though, so Japanese Green Tea has that in its favor, and this is one big beer, weighing in at 9.2% abv, which is good. I think the hops required for an IPA and the high abv will work in this beer's favor. I'll let you know my opinion, I am hoping for the best.