Japanese Name: サッポロ 冬物語
Release: Oct. 2, 2013
Type: Japanese Beer
Purchase Price: ￥217 @Popula
In its 26th year of production, Sapporo Fuyu Monogatari continues to be something to look forward to each winter. This winter is no different. With all the new genre brews on the market, it’s nice to know that Sapporo is keeping the tradition alive brewing its “winter beer” in the same method since 1988. It’s been a while since I’ve written about this one, so here’s this year’s insights.
Fuyu Monogatari pours out a lovely golden straw, yielding a perfect head, and a faint tangy aroma. Your first mouthful will yield a smooth silky texture on the tongue. Rich malt just jumps right onto your tastebuds, showing off this winter brew’s full body. On the back you’ll start off with a malty tang that turns into a corn-like sweetness and finally the bitterness from the hops kicks in to deliver a finishing touch that tightens up the throat.
This is the winter beer that beer lovers in Japan have looked forward to every year. It’s full body and bitterness, while not being overbearing pairs great with whatever winter Japanese foods you’d care to throw at it. Even if you’re not hungry, Sapporo Fuyu Monogatari holds its own. Get Sapporo Fuyu Monogatari while you can, or hold your peace until next winter.