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Otaru Beer
Having Yeast Alive, Genuine Beer from Hokkaido
Date:31, Oct, 2013
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Otaru Beer
Pilsner Type
Otaru Beer is a fine craft beer brewed in Otaru, Hokkaido. Without going to Hokkaido, you cannot get most types of the beer. Being worth taking the time and labor, Otaru Beer is waiting for you in Hokkaido today again.

Otaru Beer has brewed only in Otaru since 1995 which is the next year of Japanese opening year of microbrews. Then, why do we have to go there for the local beer although we are always busy?

Nothing is more important to beer than its water. Using high-graded hops and high-graded malt, what influences most is its water. They use fine soft water flowing in Otaru and say it resembles Czech water so closely.

Moreover, they have forever brewed their beer under the Reinheitsgebot that says “Use only malt, water, yeast and hops for brewing beer.” It is also called the Bavarian Purity Law. Like Asahi’s Super Dry, there are some Japanese beer products which are not under the rule. So you can drink the pure beer from good quality water.

Finally, let me tell you what Otaru Beer is most of all different from other brews. That is yeast. Usually, they take it off from beer, Otaru Beer includes yeast alive. They leave it and increase nutrients and flavor on their beer. And carbonic acid gas is harder to go because of the yeast.

Instead, long transportation damages the yeast and their beer cannot go so far. Then, most of their products are on sale just around Otaru, Hokkaido. You could buy also at New Chitose Airport.

All year around, you can make a field trip to their brewery in Otaru, Hokkaido. You would see their technique and specialty there before tasting great fine beer.


about Otaru Beer

・Name: Otaru Beer
・Established in 1995
・Tel: +81-134-61-2277
・Official Site: Otaru Beer (Japanese)







 

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