The weather having turned for the warmer these days, I felt it was time to delve back into more Shizuoka micro-breweries brews!
The Good Beer and Country Boys in Nagoya will get tempted!
This particular brew, “Masako” by Kurayanarusawa in Izu-Nagaoka (Izu no Kuni City in Izu Peninsula) is a bit extra0rdinary: The master Brewer also works at Bandai Brewery (sake and shochu in Shizenji, Izu Peninsula) and after consulting Denbei Kawamura, the man who revolutionized sake in Shizuoka Prefecture, he used Shizuoka HD-1 usually utilized in brewing sake!
I can tell you I’m not one to complain!
Hansharo Beer/Kurayanarusawa Brewery-Masako
Ingredients: Grain Malt, Hops, HD-1 Yeast (Shizuoka)
Live yeast, unfiltered, unpasteurized.
Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Dark orange
Foam: Longish, fine bubbles
Aroma: Strong, oranges, bread
Taste: Well-rounded with a comparatively soft attack. Shortish tail. Some welcome acidity with a dry finish.
Dry persimmons, memories of oranges. Bread. Oranges reappearing later.
Overall: Very refreshing, easy to drink. Thirst-quaffing. Goes well with a snack. Softer than expected.
Shizuoka Ken, Izu no Kuni Shi, Naka, 272-1
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4 thoughts on “Shizuoka Beer 7/1: Hansharo Beer/Kurayanarusawa Brewery-Masako”
Robert, we were there this weekend and got to help brew on Hansharo’s system! Great people there. I agree, Baird is king!
Daniel, You lucky B….d!
I had such a good time there, too!
Nice review. I think I had their daiginjomasako or something like that on tap at the Griffon in Shibuya about 4 moths back. However, I wasn’t really impressed. A freind just had the taster set there today, at Hansharo HQ. He also thought the beer rather bland. He thought the weissen was the better of the 4 he tried. It’s not so bad and interesting to try a beer made wiht sake yeast but Baird is still king in that region. Thank you for the reviews!
I tend to agree with you, but Baird is heads and shoulders above every other microbrewery in japan!
Still have three items to taste!
Looking forward to reading you soon!