Thursday, May 22nd, 2014, saw the first day of actual brewing in the newest, and 11th, beer brewery in Shizuoka Prefecture, namely Aoi Brewery in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, near Sengen Shrine!
Since the brewing has started the brewery had become off limits and the front door was closed to casual visitors.
I had to enter through the side door to an empty space which will become a pub in September before progressing to the brewery room.
Durst malt from Munich, Germany was at the ready!
Barley was already being used!
Before entering the brewing room I had to put on long boots and step in a basin to disinfect the soles.
I found Owner Naoki Mandou/満藤直樹さん having a rest with two his staff onlooking the operations!
A collector’s item: Aoi/Hollyhock in the shape of the crest as worn by Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu in the 16th an 17th Century!
Brew Master Kooichi Taka/髙浩一さん running around!
Checking the boiling of the barley!
With Owner Naoki Mandou keeping an attentive eye on all the operations. He actually has enough knowledge on brewing in case of an emergency!
I was allowed a peek into the boiling barley!
I even tasted it! Sweet!
Taking out more samples!
Checking out more samples of the barley which had already boiled more than 4 hours!
Brew Master Kooichi Taka/髙浩一さん at his art!
And Owner Naoki Mandou/満藤直樹さん never far away!
Photo for posterity:
Nobuko Hasegawa/長谷川暢子さん Staff, Naoki Mando/満藤直樹さん Owner, Kouichi Taka/髙浩一さんBrew Master & Hidenori Fukushima/福島英紀さん Staff!
Expect more reports until the first Aoi Craft beer being put on the market end of June!
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