[Press Release] ‘KAGUA’ crowned winner Belgian Style Strong Beer Award at Hong Kong International Beer Awards 2013

TOKYO, Japan –September 4, 2013 – Nippon Craft Beer Inc. announced today that its Japanese scented ale ‘KAGUA Rouge’ has been crowned as the winner for “Belgian Style Strong Beer – Dark category” at the Hong Kong International Beer Awards 2013. The awards, announced at the Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong 2013 and visited by over 14,000 food and beverage professionals from around the world, are the leading premier awards recognizing the best beers available in Hong Kong’s restaurants and bars.

Nippon Craft Beer launched ‘KAGUA’ in Hong Kong in September 2012 and it is now available at high-end restaurants and stores across Hong Kong.

“With KAGUA Rouge, Nippon Craft Beer has created a very distinctive take on the Flemish red ale, unlike anything you’ve ever tasted.” the judges commented in their award statement.

Shiro Yamada, the founder and CEO of the company, said, “It is a distinct honor for us to receive our first awards here in Hong Kong, one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the world. We hope more people will enjoy the unique and rich taste of KAGUA”

KAGUA is a unique ale, unlike anything you have tasted before.

Following recipes created by Nippon Craft Beer Inc., the beers are brewed by a renowned Belgian brewer, after testing 14 different prototypes over four years. From gathering the raw materials, setting up the manufacturing methods, arranging the logistics processes, and even designing the bottle; in all aspects we have pursued the highest quality possible.

There are two different flavors ‘KAGUA’ just like there are white wines and red wines. ‘KAGUA Blanc’ is a light-colored top-fermented beer with wheat, and ‘KAGUA Rouge’ a dark-colored top-fermented beer with the roasted malt. Both ‘KAGUA Blanc’ and ‘KAGUA Rouge’ incorporate the traditional Japanese herbs of Yuzu and Sansho.
With a complex aroma offering hints of sweetness, bitterness as well as freshness, KAGUA plays an integral role in the marriage between food and drink.

**KAGUA is a registered trademark of Nippon Craft Beer Inc. in Japan and other countries.

ABOUT Nippon Craft Beer Inc.
Nippon Craft Beer Inc. was founded in September 2011, to deliver the best beer throughout the world. It launched the first product ‘KAGUA’ on 24 March 2012 which is now available at more than 300 high-end restaurants in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. We are planning global expansion and an increase in products lines in order to realize our mission of making unique beer for the discerning consumers.

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