Far Yeast collaborates with Heart of Darkness on ‘Saigon Passion’

2018/07/05

TOKYO, Japan –July 11th, 2018 – Far Yeast Brewing Company (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo / Managing Director: Shiro Yamada) today announced that they will soon launch a limited-release beer ‘Saigon Passion’ brewed in collaboration with Vietnam-based Heart of Darkness Brewery.

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Saigon Passion is a sour ale in which you can enjoy the fragrance and refreshing acidity of Vietnam’s vibrant passion fruit. It is a collaboration between Far Yeast Brewing and Heart of Darkness, one of the most influential craft breweries in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. The collaboration includes two different editions, one brewed in Japan and the other in Vietnam. Each beer is made with the same recipe, but a different yeast strain: Far Yeast Brewing uses Belgian Ardennes yeast, and Heart of Darkness’ uses German Ale yeast. Using three kinds of hops, Amarillo, Mosaic and Citra, the beer has an emphasized fragrance of passion fruit.

Far Yeast Brewing has collaborated with several overseas breweries so far, but ‘Saigon Passion’ is the first launched collaboration beer brewed at their own Genryu Brewery in Yamanashi.

〜Comment from Duane, Head Brewer, Heart of Darkness 〜

“It’s always fun to work with other brewers and breweries because we share a passion and commitment to the craft and the end product. We share very similar problems, as well as the same joys. It is a welcoming brotherhood worldwide and this was especially true of the team at Far Yeast Brewery. Not only were we welcomed into the brewery but we also felt welcome in the little mountain village where Far Yeast is located.

Working with other breweries is also an educational experience. Even though the process is very similar all the way from home brewers to big international breweries, every craft brewer has slightly different methods, and every brewery’s equipment is slightly different. At Far Yeast I learned something new within 10 minutes of walking through the door.

Of course, in our profession, meetings always involve tasting beer, and a highlight of our visit was to try some of Far Yeast and Kagua’s stunning beers at the actual brewery.

The Japanese market was very interesting to experience first-hand. Personally, I was a little surprised how well established and widespread craft beer is in Japan. More so than I was expecting it to be. At the same time, I get the feeling that the Japanese market is ready for something a little different. We have been told that fruit beers are popular in Japan. We hope that by using luscious Vietnamese passion fruit juice with both Far Yeast’s signature Belgian yeast and Heart of Darkness’ twist on the beer that we can offer something exciting for Craft drinkers in Japan. We are also looking forward to introducing a range of Heart of Darkness beers to Japan and we can’t wait to work with Far Yeast again. Kanpai!!!”

We continue to incorporate new items such as limited brewed products and aim to offer products that many people will be pleased with in various scenes of daily life.

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Details of Far Yeast Saigon Passion(Japan)

Release date:July 11th, 2018
Ingredients:Barley Malt, Wheat Malt, Passion Fruit, Hops
Alcohol Content:4.5%
IBU:10
Beer Style:Sour
Sizes Available:330ml bottle and keg