Fruitful Life Series

Asian Beauty Biwa Lager

Biwa is “the small, yellow, edible, plum-like fruit of the loquat tree.” It’s an extremely subtle fruit that harmonizes sweetness with tartness.  Asian Beauty Biwa Lager is coyly fruity, spritely effervescent and delicately firm — like a true Asian beauty!

Overview

Alcohol Content (by volume) 4.0%
Starting Gravity (degree plato) 9.5
Finishing Gravity (degree plato) 2.5
Bitterness Units (IBU) 10
Color (SRM) 3
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Asian Beauty Biwa Lager

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Biwa is “the small, yellow, edible, plum-like fruit of the loquat tree.” It’s an extremely subtle fruit that harmonizes sweetness with tartness.  Asian Beauty Biwa Lager is coyly fruity, spritely effervescent and delicately firm — like a true Asian beauty!

Overview

Alcohol Content (by volume) 4.0%
Starting Gravity (degree plato) 9.5
Finishing Gravity (degree plato) 2.5
Bitterness Units (IBU) 10
Color (SRM) 3
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The Label Speaks

‘Asian beauty’ is difficult to define, but one knows it when one sees it. Long, silky black hair, supple skin, and a delicately nuanced sort of femininity are attributes featured in our depiction. The kanji characters on the label (美人- bijin) literally mean ‘beautiful person’ and the word is used when describing a beautiful woman.

The Label Speaks

https://bairdbeer.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/asianbeauty-320x320.png

‘Asian beauty’ is difficult to define, but one knows it when one sees it. Long, silky black hair, supple skin, and a delicately nuanced sort of femininity are attributes featured in our depiction. The kanji characters on the label (美人- bijin) literally mean ‘beautiful person’ and the word is used when describing a beautiful woman.

Bryan's Comment

“There is a natural, simple, wholesome character to Asian Beauty Biwa Lager that is quietly compelling. It’s not an assertive beer, yet it commands your attention. Our minimalist approach to brewing really shines in this beer.”

Ingredients

Water Soft, Cleanly Flavorful, Local
Malted Grain Floor-malted Maris Otter, Vienna, Caragold
Un-malted Grain None
Sugar Japanese Korizato (Rock Candy)
Hops Whole Flower Cones – Various Varieties
Yeast House Lager Strain
Other Local Biwa (Loquat) Fruit

Bryan's Brewing Notes

Biwa is “the small, yellow, edible, plum-like fruit of the loquat tree.” We had no idea what it was until our partner-friend-carpenter-farmer, Nagakura-san, brought some in several years ago for us to taste and then brew with. It’s an extremely subtle fruit that harmonizes sweetness with tartness. Asian Beauty Biwa Lager is coyly fruity, spritely effervescent and delicately firm — like a true Asian beauty!

We add the fruit, nuts and all, in three separate additions – two during the hot-side wort production phase and one on the cold-side, post primary fermentation. This year, so as to enhance the overall delicacy of the beer and to further accent the subtle biwa fruit character, we elected to ferment with our house Lager yeast strain. I am pleased with the results. Asian Beauty will remain a Lager henceforth.

Bryan's Comment

“There is a natural, simple, wholesome character to Asian Beauty Biwa Lager that is quietly compelling. It’s not an assertive beer, yet it commands your attention. Our minimalist approach to brewing really shines in this beer.”

Ingredients

Water Soft, Cleanly Flavorful, Local
Malted Grain Floor-malted Maris Otter, Vienna, Caragold
Un-malted Grain None
Sugar Japanese Korizato (Rock Candy)
Hops Whole Flower Cones – Various Varieties
Yeast House Lager Strain
Other Local Biwa (Loquat) Fruit

 

Bryan's Brewing Notes

Biwa is “the small, yellow, edible, plum-like fruit of the loquat tree.” We had no idea what it was until our partner-friend-carpenter-farmer, Nagakura-san, brought some in several years ago for us to taste and then brew with. It’s an extremely subtle fruit that harmonizes sweetness with tartness. Asian Beauty Biwa Lager is coyly fruity, spritely effervescent and delicately firm — like a true Asian beauty!

We add the fruit, nuts and all, in three separate additions – two during the hot-side wort production phase and one on the cold-side, post primary fermentation. This year, so as to enhance the overall delicacy of the beer and to further accent the subtle biwa fruit character, we elected to ferment with our house Lager yeast strain. I am pleased with the results. Asian Beauty will remain a Lager henceforth.


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