Monday, September 10, 2007

Green tea beer, redux

Last year I reported on American microbrewery BluCreek's "Zen IPA," an ale brewed with natural green tea.

Now, the chamber of commerce of the Japanese city of Kakegawa and Chiba-based microbrewery Megumi Brewery (which advertises itself as "Japan's smallest brewery") have announced that they've joined forces to produce "Kakegawa Genki" (lit. "Kakegawa Vitality"), beer containing green tea grown in Kakegawa.

In the brewing process, green tea leaves are added at a ratio of 500 grams (about 1 pound 2 ounces) of tea leaves for each 190-liter (50-gallon) fermentation tank.

That may not seem like much tea considering how big the tank is. But then again, since 3.5 ounces of Mellow Monk Green Tea is enough to brew up to 50 cups of tea, 1 pound 2 ounces should be enough to impart a definite green tea flavor and aroma to the beer.

Need help finishing all that beer, Miss?

—Mellow Monk

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