Craft beer brewery Far Yeast Brewing Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Kosuge Village, Yamanashi Prefecture, Representative Director: Shiro Yamada) that has been introducing beers full of originality from Japan to the world had a collaboration with Hop Kotan Brewery in Kamifurano, Hokkaido. The collaboration beer is “Far Yeast Paykar Sour IPL,” Fruit Sour IPL style. It will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, March 26, with pre-sales starting on Tuesday, March 15th at 1:00 pm on the official online store.
■ The first-time collaboration with Hop Kotan Brewing Co.
Mr. Takayuki Tsutsuno, president of Hop-Kotan Brewing, and Far Yeast Brewing have been in friendship for some time, and he was to serve as an advisor when Far Yeast Brewing established the Genryu Brewery. In the fall of 2016, we discussed “Let’s brew beer together” while camping in Kosuge Village, Yamanashi Prefecture, where the brewery was being prepared for its establishment. In fact, due to the delay in setting up the brewery, we missed the timing of our collaboration, and five years later, our first collaboration came to fruition.
■Challenging “Sour IPL,” which is rarely distributed in the Japanese market.
We brewed our first lager style beer in 2021, and we wanted to use that experience while further perfecting lager. We chose the Sour IPL (India Pale Lager) style for this collaboration as a newer lager challenge while incorporating Hop Kotan Brewery’s knowledge of clean lager beer recipe structure and brewing techniques. Sour IPA (India Pale Ale) has become increasingly popular in recent years, but sour IPL brewed with lager yeast is rarely available in the market. This is because lager yeast is delicate, and it is challenging to brew a sour IPL with a hybrid of other yeasts. Far Yeast Paykar Sour IPL was brewed with an abundance of Furano Haskap and Kamifurano Cascade hops, which Hop Kotan Brewery uses in their regular products. The result is a sour fruit IPL with a rich single-hop aroma and a clean, clean mouthfeel. Paykar means spring in the Ainu language. The sourness of the Haskap and its bright pink color reminds us of the coming of spring, making it a perfect bottle for the coming season.
Far Yeast Paykar Sour IPL
Release date： Saturday, March 26th, 2022
Price： Open price.
Ingredients: Barry Malt (German-manufactured and Belgian-manufactured), Hascup, hops/acidifier.
Beer Style: Fruited Sour IPA
Product type: Happoushu
Brewery: Far Yeast Brewing, Genryu Brewery at Kosuge village, Yamanashi.
Specification:350ml can, 15L keg
【About Hop Kotan Brewery】
“Seeking the Happiness of Brewing with Local Hops.”Hop Kotan Brewery is the only brewery in Hokkaido that brews beer using hops from Kamifurano, where hops are grown commercially. The logo motif also expresses the brewery’s passion for rare hops. The series of beers produced are first, the HOP KOTAN ORIGINALS series, which embodies the fundamental theme of beer brewed with local hops. Second, the HOP KOTAN ORIGINALS plus series adds a new twist to the concept of 100% hops from Kamifurano. The third is the HOP KOTAN FREEDOMS series, which challenges the creation of unique beers with a free spirit.