Baird Otomi Orchard Mountain Plum Ale

Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
5.5% Fruit Beer | 3 Ratings | Special Release |
Collaboration beers have become a hallmark of craft brewing, representing as they do both the innovation and camaraderie that so define the efforts of artisan brewers. We were thrilled when the opportunity presented itself to collaborate on a beer with both our farming friends at the Otomi Orchard in neighboring Izu no Kuni and our brewing colleague Mr. Luc Lafontaine of the renowned Montreal brewery, Dieu du ciel. Luc and I have long wanted to brew together and we both share a passion for formulating beer recipes that incorporate unusual Japanese ingredients, particularly fresh fruit. Oki-san of Otomi Orchard is the second-generation head of his family farm and a customer at our Fishmarket Taproom. A casual conversation between us in July revealed that he had a field full of organic yamamomo (mountain plums) that were ripe and ready but without a market. A collaboration was born. After tasting and gathering the fruit together with Sayuri and our girls on a hot July evening, I began collaborating via email with Luc on the recipe. Yamamomo fruit is sour and piquant and we decided to incorporate it in a lightly hopped, low-gravity, highly attenuated session ale that would be dryly and quenchingly tart. In addition to the local yamamomo fruit, we also included serious quantities of two other indigenous Japanese ingredients: namely, un-malted wheat from Chiba and sudakito sugar from Amami-Oshima. The beer was brewed at the Baird Brewery on July 29 with Luc in attendance, sweating profusely side by side me and the other Baird Beer brewers. The task of primary fermentation was assigned to our Scottish ale yeast, but krausening at packaging occurred with our our Belgian wit yeast.

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