Formerly brewed at Baird Brewing Co.
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Yamanashi Apple Ale is a brilliant hazy golden color and sports a billowy white head of foam. A subtle waft of tart apples immediately greets the olfactory senses. This aroma stems entirely from the use of freshly, and coarsely, grated red apples added to the wort kettle at the end of wort boiling. No aroma hops have been added nor is any real fruit character derived from the yeast (our standard house strain) or the fermentation regime (conducted cool and slow). In the mouth, a pleasantly tart cider-like flavor is accentuated beautifully by the effervescence of a vigorous natural carbonation. The beer is dry and highly attenuated as a result of low mashing temperatures, the exclusive use of pale malts (Maris Otter, German Pils, Wheat and Carahell) and a touch of Japanese candy sugar. At 25 IBUs the hop bitterness is low but this is compensated for by the tartness of the apples.