Kirin Ichiban Shibori: Fukuoka-Zukuri

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Japanese Name: キリン 一番搾り 福岡づくり 福岡工場限定醸造
Brewer: Kirin
Release: Jul. 5, 2016 (Originally released May 19, 2015)
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Alcohol: 5%

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Tasting Notes:
Kirin’s special brewery project started in 2015 has since expanded to an all Japan prefectural project. However, this Ichiban Shibori Fukuoka-zukuri is one of the original nine brewery creations. In an area famous for festivals and street-side food stalls, Fukuoka-zukuri features a package design with imagery of Hakata’s Gion Yamakasa festival. It is brewed with 100% Fukuoka malt, making it a true regional beer.

Fukuoka-zukuri pours a standard straw color in the glass, and has a yeasty, malty nose. The taste is very clean up front, with a lighter body. Still, it has a lot of malt flavor and a decent amount of bitterness on the back, comparable to the standard Ichiban.

Fukuoka-Zukuri is very straight forward, and aside from using Fukuoka grown malt, brewed no differently than the standard Ichiban. It’s a beer you can drink all night long, be it a Hakata festival or at a street stall in Nakasu. Fukuoka-Zukuri is what’s great about Japanese beer.

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