Shizuoka Beer 12/1~5: Izu No Kuni Brewery (Izu No Kuni Beer)

5) Scottish Ale (Canned Version)

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Some canned and even bottled versions of craft beers brewed by Izu No Kuni Brewery in Izu no Kuni City in Northern izu Peninsula can be found in Shizutetsu Supermarkets in particular!

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The same supermarkets have been recently offering this canned version of Scottish Ale by Izu No Kuni Brewery!

350 ml can
Barley, wheat, barley malt, wheat malt, hop, live yeast
Probably filtered
Alcohol: 5%

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Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Very long head. Creamy. White color
Clarity: very clear
Color: orange/apricot color
Aroma: dry and fruity. Biscuits, honey, faint bread
Taste: dry, deep and fruity attack.
Biscuits, honey and faint citruses.
Very refreshing.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing with first sweetish than quickly drying apricots.
Turns somewhat drier with food.
Apricots will keep surging back before disappearing on a dry and somewhat acid note.

Overall: very interesting craft beer and a surprise for a canned version!
Definitely a lot better than expected.
A very refreshing and satisfying craft beer for all seasons.
Ale lovers should make a point of sampling it!
Recommended pairings: BBQ, cold meats, sausages, smoked cheese!

IZU NO KUNI BEER (IZU-WORLD MINNA HAWWAIIANS)
〒410-2315 静岡県伊豆の国市田京195-2
〒410-2315 Shizuoka Prefecture, Izu No Kuni City, Takyo, 195-2
TEL:0558-76-3355
HOMEPAGE
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4) Premium Stout

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I finally came to taste Izu No Kuni Beer’s 3rd regular brew: Premium Stout!

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As opposed to the canned version which contains 330 ml the bottled version contains 500 ml!

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Contents: 500 ml
Barley, barley malt, hops, live yeast
ABV: 7%
Probably filtered

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Bubbles: long head, very fine bubbles, creamy, milk coffee color
Dark very dark brown
Aroma: assertive. Dry caramel
Taste: Soft but deep attack.
Dry caramel, coffee beans. Very little acidity.
Biscuits and bread appearing on the late.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing on a drier note and more coffee beans.
Stays true to the first impressions all the way through although coffee beans tend to assert themselves more and more with every sip.

Overall: very satisfying stout.
Dry and deep.
Very refreshing in spite of its stout nature.
Easily the best brew by Izu No Kuni Beer!
Although eminently enjoyable on its own would marry beautifully with BBQ food.
Would do well with a dram of whisky!
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3) Pilsner

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Izu No Kuni Brewery was founded around 2010 inside Izu World Muinna Hawaians beer Hall in Izu No Kuni City in Northern izu Peninsula.
It puts three regular craft beers all year round that you can easily enough acquire in cans although they produce the same in bottles and on tap in their restaurant.

They also occasionally produce limited brews.

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I continued the tasting with their Pilsner!

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Another rare tasting conducted at home!

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Distributed in can
Grains, Graint malt, sugars, hop, live yeast
Filtered
AbV: 5%
Contents: 350 ml

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Bubbles: Short head, light bubbles, white color
Dark lemon color
Aroma: dry and fruity. Oranges, bread
Taste: refreshing, dry and fruity attack.
Bread, ginger bread, biscuits, citruses.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing on slightly acid note with more bread and nuts.
Changes little with food but for a drier note.

Overall: light pilsner with the right amount of dryness.
Uncomplicated and reliable.
Best enjoyed on a hot afternoon.
Does well with any food, especially pickled vegetables and pork.

IZU NO KUNI BEER (IZU-WORLD MINNA HAWWAIIANS)
〒410-2315 静岡県伊豆の国市田京195-2
〒410-2315 Shizuoka Prefecture, Izu No Kuni City, Takyo, 195-2
TEL:0558-76-3355
HOMEPAGE
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2) Weissen

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Izu No Kuni Brewery was founded around 2010 inside Izu World Muinna Hawaians beer Hall in Izu No Kuni City in Northern izu Peninsula.

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It puts three regular craft beers all year round that you can easily enough acquire in cans although they produce the same in bottles and on tap in their restaurant.

They also occasionally produce limited brews.

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I started the tasting with their Weissen craft beer!

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A rare tasting conducted at home!

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Distributed in can
Barley, wheat, barley malt, wheat malt, sugars, hop, live yeast
Filtered
AbV: 5%
Contents: 350 ml

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Bubbles: Shortish head, very fine bubbles, white color
Lemon color
Aroma: discreet and fruity. Bread, lemon
Taste: refreshing and light attack. Soft approach.
Bread, hints of lemon and biscuits.
Lingers just long enough for true tasting befor departing on a soft and dry note with hints of lemon.
Changes little with food although it then tends to take a step back.

Overall: refreshing, higher quality thirst-quencher.
Very satisfying on hot afternoon.
Happily accompanies any food.
A light beer fit for the BBQ!

IZU NO KUNI BEER (IZU-WORLD MINNA HAWWAIIANS)
〒410-2315 静岡県伊豆の国市田京195-2
〒410-2315 Shizuoka Prefecture, Izu No Kuni City, Takyo, 195-2
TEL:0558-76-3355
HOMEPAGE
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1) IZU NO KUNI BEER CLIMB

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AOI BEER STAND owned by Aoi Brewery in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, has the merit to offer on tap other craft beers from Shizuoka Prefecture and the rest of Japan, but you do have to hurry as they usually served only one keg before switching to another brew!

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This time they served a limited craft beer called “Climb” brewed by Izu no Kuni Beer Co. in Izu no Kuni City (Izu Peninsula)!

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Served on tap
Barley, hop, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 4.8%
Bubbles: fine bubbles.Longish head. Creamy. White
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: Deep lemon color
Aroma: discreet. bread
Taste: Refreshing, light and dry but soft attack.
Only a little acidity.
Bread, dark tea.
Lingers only long enough for true tatsing before departing on an even drier note with more hints of dark tea.
Stays true to first impressions all the way through.

Overall: better than a thirst quencher.
Very light and refreshing. Obviously conceived as a summer craft beer.
Can be enjoyed on its own or with any food, especially light starters.

IZU NO KUNI BEER (IZU-WORLD MINNA HAWWAIIANS)
〒410-2315 静岡県伊豆の国市田京195-2
〒410-2315 Shizuoka Prefecture, Izu No Kuni City, Takyo, 195-2
TEL:0558-76-3355
HOMEPAGE

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den Bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

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