Far Yeast Brewing launches the new brand “Off Trail” The first release is the barrel-aged beer “Ginspiration”

Far Yeast Brewing Co., Ltd. (Head office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, President: Shiro Yamada) unveils a new brand  today: “Off Trail.” The first product, “Ginspiration,” will be released on the market on Thursday, November 14th. 

Barrel-Aged beer is beer has been aged for a period of time in a wooden barrel much like wine. In addition to the flavor and aroma contributions of the wood, wild  yeasts further ferment the beer, resulting in an elegant product that surpasses a standard beer’s complexity. Base beer, yeast and bacteria, fruit and spices, and barrel selection all work together to create a unique combination of flavors through the aging process. Although originating in Europe, Barrel-Aged beers are now appreciated by craft beer consumers the world over, especially in the United States.

To craft “Ginspiration,” juniper berries*, commonly used for making gin, were steeped in the beer after barrel aging. Fusing the herbal aroma of juniper berries and the base beer’s citrus peel bitterness deepened the beer’s flavor and produced a gin-like aroma. The beer pairs well with sunomono and salmon, pungent cheese, or shrimp and pork dumplings. “Ginspiration” will be released to the market starting Thursday, November 14th in 750ml bottles and on draft at “Far Yeast Tokyo Craft Beer & Bao” in Shibuya, Tokyo as well as other taprooms around Japan. We will continue to challenge ourselves to innovate and deliver value to our customers worldwide.


* What is Juniper Berry?

A juniper berry is the female seed cone produced by the various species of junipers. It has a herbal aroma, moderate bitterness and spicy flavor. Juniper berries are commonly used as a spice, particularly in European cuisine, and also gives gin its distinct flavor. 


Product specs


Release Date:Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Price:Open Price

Ingredients: Malted Barley, Juniper Berries, Hops, Sugar.

ABV: 6.4%

Style: Barrel Aged Belgian Ale

Product Type:Happoshu  (malt content more than 50%)

Brewery:Far Yeast Brewing Genryu Brewery (Kosuge village, Yamanashi Prefecture)   

Format:750ml Bottle, 10L keg


About Off Trail

“Off Trail” is a new brand following our two brands “Far Yeast” and “KAGUA.” 

The name “Off Trail” is inspired by our aim to express the local terroir of Kosuge-mura, Yamanashi, and Japan at large, coupled with our challenge to innovate and experiment with every batch to discover new recipes and chart undiscovered territory in brewing.


About Far Yeast Brewing Co., Ltd.

“Democratizing beer” – Developed under the mission to “ re-establish the diversity and abundance of true beer culture, which has sadly been hidden by relentless over-commercialisation.”

To achieve this goal, we enlist our Japanese flavored beer brand “Kagua,” Tokyo themed brand “Far Yeast,” and Innovative beer brand “Off Trail” to spread our distinctive beers to the world.

Company Profile

Company name       Far Yeast Brewing Co., Ltd.

Head office address       2-6-8 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 5th floor

Brewery address       4341 Kosuge-mura, Kitatsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Representative Director   Shiro Yamada

Founded                     September 7, 2011

Business                     Craft beer brewing, distribution sales. Restaurant management.

URL                                   https://faryeast.com


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