Saturday, January 22, 2011

Otaru Beer

Otaru is well known for its canal, fresh sushi, and Otaru Beer.
I was reading this article from Japan times:
"While Japan's major breweries continue to report flat beer sales amid an ailing economy, there is one Hokkaido-based beer maker that's brewing up a storm. Otaru Beer in the port city of Otaru has continued to flourish since its inception 15 years ago, with output growing at an annual average of 10 percent....
Ingredients used are all organic, with high-grade barley, wheat and hops imported from Germany to be combined with Otaru's soft, pristine water. The only other ingredient — yeast — is propagated by Braun himself and is the reason why Otaru Beer's draft ales and their bottled equivalents are only available within a 100 km radius of Otaru."
The news brings back memories of white Christmas trip around Hokkaido. I was on a one day trip in Otaru, exploring the beautiful streets with its irresistible sweets shops and came across this medieval theme cafe next to the famous Otaru Canal and then I found myself sitting on a timber bench overlooking the canal and sipping Otaru draft ale...
'nodogoshi ga ii...'




(Otaru Canal in snow, Christmas 2009)

4 comments:

Brad Farless said...

That beer looks like a really heavy apple juice, or a cider.

Rashai said...

Brad, agree with you, or maybe just because of my poor quality photo, it's a bit under exposure.
Thanks!

nonchan said...

I want to try the beer although I get drunk easily:(

Rashai said...

Nonchan, me too... my face get red easily :)