San Diego brewer traveled to Japan to create pan-Pacific collaboration beer
SAN DIEGO, CA (November 28, 2012) – On September 14, brewers from San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits traveled to COEDO Brewery, just outside of Tokyo, for a unique beer collaboration that blends the best of both craft beer cultures. The resulting brew was dubbed “West to East IPA,” a San Diego-inspired IPA with a Japanese twist.
“We never stop exploring new flavors in our quest to make great beer, and this latest journey took us to Japan,” said Jack White, Ballast Point CEO & Founder. “Like in San Diego, Tokyo has a passionate craft beer community, and we were inspired by that.”
The collaboration beer is brewed with Japan’s renowned “Aiyama” Sake Rice and fresh Yuzu peel, then fermented with Cali Ale Yeast from San Diego’s White Labs. A classic hop-forward IPA, it features 7 different varieties in this brew: Magnum and Motueka hops in the boil, and a combination of Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial for dry hopping.
“With this collaboration, we really tried to capture a balance of pan-Pacific flavors, starting with hops native to the U.S., Australia and New Zealand” explained Colby Chandler, Ballast Point Specialty Brewer. “The rice adds a satisfying sushi flavor, and there is a bright citrus finish from the yuzu.”
The collaboration will be available for purchase in 5 gallon kegs at Ballast Point and Home Brew Mart beginning [DATE].
About Ballast Point
What started in 1996 as a small group of home brewers who simply wanted to make great beer evolved into the adventurers known as Ballast Point. From bringing a hoppy twist to a porter, or adding four types of malt to its amber ale, to creating a breakthrough gold-medal winning IPA, the San Diego-based company is known for adding its own touch and asking if there’s a better way. Today, an internationally recognized leader in the craft brewing and spirits industry, the company makes over 40 styles of beer and bottles five spirits. For more information, visit www.ballastpoint.com.
COEDO Brewery is located in a suburb north of Tokyo, Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, which has continued to be a bustling city since the Edo period during the era of Samurais. We produce beers on a smaller scale. The brand name “COEDO” derives from our hometown’s nickname and means “little Toyko.” COEDO beers have won trophies in world-class food contests and appreciated by top-notch sommeliers and beer gurus. Please enjoy the handcrafed beers brewed from the best raw materials carefully selected by Japanese craftsmanship. For more information, visit www.coedobrewery.com
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