Shizuoka Beer 11/1~34: Aoi Brewing

34) Grass Wheat Ale (2nd batch)

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Aoi Brewing in Shizuoka City have started in earnest producing second batches of their more popular brews, some of which might find their way into bottles from next November!
This particular one is the 2nd batch of their Grass Wheat Ale!

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Served on tap
Barley, Wheat, Maris otter malt,Malted wheat malt, Australian Galaxy hop, German Spalber Select hop, coriander, nutmeg, orange peels, lemon grass, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 5.3%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles Long head, creamy, white color
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: deep lemon/light orange color
Aroma: refreshing. lemon, citruses, herbs, spices
Taste: very refreshing and deep attack with welcome acidity.
Complex. Lemon, citruses, lemon grass, nutmeg, spices.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing on a dry but soft note with more lemon and spices.
Varies little with food but for only a very little sweeter note.

Overall: a very refreshing craft beer with plenty of welcome acidity.
Very complex due to the many ingredients.
Thoroughly enjoyable on its own but would marry happily with any pub or BBQ heavy food in particular!
Best enjoyed on hot afternoon.
Should please all genders!

Beer Junkie MOTEL

420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 11-5, IMAKKOKO Bldg. 1F
Tel.: 054-253-6558
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00, 17:00~26:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesday
Parties welcome
FACEBOOK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP
FACEBOOK

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK
FACEBOOK

Some Aoi beers are also available at Aoi Brewery’s restaurant in Shizuoka City, namely

GROWSTOCK

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK
FACEBOOK
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33) E-KAN Bitter

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While Aoi Brewing in Shizuoka City is celebrating its first year in business, its affiliated bar, Aoi Beer Stand in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is celebrating his second year!

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For its first Anniversary Aoi Brewing concocted a limited brew: E-KAN Bitter!

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Served on tap
barley, Maris otter malt, Pilsner malt, single hop=Australian Galaxy, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 5.9%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles Longish head, creamy, white color
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: deep lemon-orange color
Aroma: deep. Citruses.
Taste: refreshing, very acidic approach.
Fruity: lemon, citruses.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing on an even more acidic note.
Changes little with food.

Overall: very fruity and bitter craft beer.
The perfect craft beer for bitter lovers!
Mind you, far more bitter than your usual British bitter!
To be enjoyed on a hot afternoon!
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32) IBUKI

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While Aoi Brewing in Shizuoka City is celebrating its first year in business, its affiliated bar, Aoi Beer Stand in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is celebrating his second year!

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This beer, called IBUKI (meaning “sigh” in Japanese) was conceived by young second brewer, Koudai Fukuyama/福山康大さん!
It is difficult to classify although its concept is similar to that of an amber ale.

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Served on tap
barley, wheat, barley malt, wheat malt, Maris otter malt, Caramel malt, Munich malt, German malt, Low step valley malt, Sylva hop, Summer hop, Topaz hop, Suruga Elegant peels, Live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 5.9%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles Long head, creamy, white color
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: deep orange
Aroma: refreshing, fruity and deep. Citruses.
Taste: Refreshing, fruity and deep attack.
Oranges, bread.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing on a somewhat acidic and markedly drier note with hints of biscuits.
varies little with food

Overall: A craft beer for all seasons and all genders any time of the day and night!
Solid, reliable, and tasty!
The concept of IBUKI is to bring you solace after a hard day!
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31) Alt (June 2015 version)

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Without being beforehand announced another Aoi Brewing Co. (Shizuoka City) “regular” craft beer is being served on the tap with quite a few modifications!

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Alt!

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Served on tap
Barley, Maris Otter malt, Crystal malt, Munich malt, Black malt, Chocolate malt, Australian galaxy Hop, Sylva hop, Select hop,live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 5.3%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles Longish, white color
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: very dark brown (color deeper than previous Alt)
Aroma: Deep, almost fruity. Bread, light caramel
Taste: Deep and pleasant approach. little acidity and plenty of dryish fruit (less dry and with more fruit than previous Alt).
Bread, biscuits, light caramel, coffee beans, dry chocolate.
Full body. drinks vey easily.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing with more coffee beans and chocolate.
Stays true to first impression all the way through.

Overall: The kind of beer all genders will appreciate all year round.
Refreshing, complex and utterly satisfying.
Great on it own but would superbly marry with salty and fermented foods!
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30) Suruga Elegant Oranges Ale

At last the long-awaited Aoi Brewing Co. ‘s new fruit beer made with local oranges is available on tap at AOI BEER STAND, BEER GARAGE and Beer Junkies Motel in shizuoka City!

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Suruga Elegant Ale!
Suruga Elegant are a variety of !Amanatsu” oranges grown in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Bear in mind that it is extremely limited:
only 2 barrels each at AOI BEER STAND and Beer Junkies Motel and 9 more at BEER GARAGE.
They won’t last until the end of the week, so hurry!

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Served on tap
Barley, Maris Otter malt, Pilsner malt, Topaz hop, Willamette hop, Suruga Elegant oranges peels and juice live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 4.3%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles Longish, white color
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: dark lemon/light orange color
Aroma: refreshing, dry oranges
Taste: very refreshing attack with beautiful and fruity acidity.
Complex. Oranges, lemon, orange peels.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing with more lemon and orange peels.
Stays true to first impression all the way through.
No need to drink it with food!

Overall: very refreshing and elegant (no pun!) fruit beer enhanced by beautiful acidity.
So easy to drink and the more for it that the alcohol content is moderate.
Will appeal to both genders at any tine of the day during the hotter days.
Pity that it is so limited in production!
Another craft beer to look forward to next year!
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29) Aoi Brewing-Slight Stout (July 2015 new version)

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AOI BEER STAND has just started a new craft beer completely unannounced as it is a bit of a “revenge” craft beer version of a stout which never satisfied the master brewer’s exacting standards!

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Slight Stout!
As it bears no special name, I called it (with Aoi Brewing’s agreement) “July 2015 New version”!

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Served on tap
Barley and wheat, Maris Otter malt, Crystal malt, Low Step Valley malt, Australian Galaxy hop, Sylva hop, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 5%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Long head, creamy, milk coffee color
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: very dark brown
Aroma: very dry. Dry coffee beans, bread
Taste: very refreshing attack with plenty of pleasant acidity.
Complex. Coffee beans, dark caramel.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing on a gentler note.
Stays true to first impressions all the way through.
Varies little with food.

Overall: True stout and such an improvement on already excellent craft beer!
Aoi Brewing’s beers are definitely coming to maturity!
Should please both genders at all times of the day and year, but especially in late afternoons with food or on its own.
Would beautifully pair with meats, meats in sauce, sweet and sour pork!
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28) Aoi Brewing-Belgian Subtle IPA!

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New craft beers are coming out thick and fast from Aoi Brweing in Shizuoka City!

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The latest one is a version of the recent Subtle IPA: Belgian Subtle IPA!

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Served on tap
Barley, Maris Otter malt, Munich malt, Crystal malt, Australian Galaxy hop, Kent Holding hop, Belgian Trappiste Yeast, Hoegarden Kindan no Kajitsu yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 6.3%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Long head, creamy, light orange white
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: deep orange color
Aroma: dry and fruity. Oranges, bread
Taste: deep and dry fruity attack with pleasant acidity.
Complex. Oranges, bread.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing on a drier note with more pleasant acidity.
Varies little with food.
Oranges make a regular and strong appearance with every sip.

Overall: very refreshing, deep, satisfying with plenty of welcome acidity.
Splendid fruity IPA!
Another intriguing version of already a superb IPA.
No need for food!
Bear in mind that Aoi Brewing is coming up now with two types of IPA great for comparison!
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27) Honnori Ocha Ale/Honnori Green Tea Ale

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Decidedly, Aoi Brewing Co. in Shizuoka City is evnturing in local agricultural products!
After Shimizu Harumi Oranges, they have just released “Honnori Ocha Ale”, that is an ale concocted with green tea from Shizuoka Prefecture!
The green tea is provided by Yamae Co./山英社, a company in Kakegawa City which buys green tea from local producers before massaging and processing it!

Incidentally the next Shizuoka Prefecture local product beer will feature Suruga Elegant Oranges and Peaches!

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Served on tap
Barley, Maris Otter malt, Pilsner Malt, Topaz hop, Willamette hop, green tea
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 5.5%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Long head. creamy, white
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: orange color
Aroma: very discreet at first. Green tea will surge with the rise in temperature with a mild turn
Taste: refreshing and dry attack.
Complex. Green tea. Pleasant acidity.
Green tea will assert itself with the rise in temperature.
Lingers long enough for a true tasting before departing on a dominant but soft green tea note.
Stays true to first impression all the way through.

Overall: very intriguing craft beer with unusual taste and approach.
The soft acidity will particularly appeal to gentlemen.
Best appreciated on a hot afternoon.
As for food, will happily marry with BBQ meats in particular!
A long seller in the offing!
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26) Aoi Brewing-Shimizu Harumi Oranges Ale

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At long last the new craft beer made with local oranges by Aoi Brewing in Shizuoka City is available on tap at AOI BEER STAND in Miyuki-Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Shizuoka Prefecture is one of the largest citruses-producing Prefectures in Japan and grows many local varieties.
One is called “Harumi Mikan” and is grown in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!
Aoi Brewing could come up with this fruit beer thanks to the JA and Shizuoka Government cooperation.
It is a brew limited to 450 liters which necessitated the help of other brewers in Shizuoka Prefecture, a true local product!
Judging from the TV coverage and incredible popularity it will soon disappear, but hopefully it will become a regular annual feature!

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Served on tap
Barley, Maris Otter malt, Pilsner Malt, Australia Galaxy hop, Summer hop, Harumi Mikan ornages
2-step process: 1) orange peels, 2) orange juice
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 5.4%
Bubbles: fine bubbles.Longish head. White
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: Deep lemon/light orange color
Aroma: fruity and dry. Oranges. Elegant aroma.
Taste: Deep, dry and fruity attack.
Extremely refreshing.
Complex. Oranges, orange peels. Citruses.
Lingers long enough on palate for true tasting with dominant oranges.
Varies little with food.
Stays true to first impressions all the way through.

Overall: very elegant and easy to drink craft beer. Very refreshing. Perfect for a hot afternoon.
Its soft dryness makes for a very satisfying brew that ladies in particular will enjoy, although men did show a keen interest!
Bound to be even more celebrated in the near future!
Top-class fruit beer!
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25) Subtle IPA

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Aoi Brewing Co. in Shizuoka City is about to come with quite a few new brews fr the summer and it will be a scramble to taste them all!
Here is the first one!

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Subtle IPA!

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Served on tap
Barley, Maris Otter malt, Crystal Malt, Munich malt, Australia Galaxy hop, Kent Holding hop, Belgian strong ale yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 6~7%
Bubbles: fine bubbles.Longish head. Creamy. White
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: Deep lemon color
Aroma: Refreshing and dry. Bread
Taste: Refreshing attack with plenty of body.
Bread, oranges, orange peels, Hints of biscuits. A little welcome acidity

Overall: A very solid and reliable IPA craft beer!
Very satisfying. Another improvement on an already excellent craft IPA beer!
Eminently enjoyable on its own, but would pair beautifully with pork meat!
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24) Primeur French Saison, Partially Matured

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Just tasted Aoi Brewing’s latest brew although this will be the first of a two-step tasting session!

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Primeur French Saison, Partially matured limited brew!
For the sake of comparison part of this new beer is available on tap before the fully matured version is made available end of May!

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Served on tap
Barley, Pilsner malt, Wheat malt, Topaz hop, Select hop, Willamette hop, Summer hop, coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, lemon grass, cinnamon, cloves
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 5.8%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles.Longish head. White. White
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: Deep lemon color
Aroma: Refreshing, dry, spicy, herbs, hints of lemon
Taste: Refreshing, very dry attack with plenty of acidity.
Still very young with a consequent high acidity.
Complex: lemon, coriander, cloves.
Lingers long enough in palate for true tasting before departing with more spicy lemon.
Varies little with food.
Stays true to first impressions all the way through.

Overall: French Saison type, of the Pilsner family, that is a beer you will start drinking with the better and warmer season.
Very refreshing and solid craft beer but definitely for lovers of beer with plenty of acidity, “hoppy-style”!
Would pair well with shellfish and seafood, but not so much with fish.
Wait for the comparison with the matured article in late May!
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23) Golden Ale (New version!)

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Just tasted a new version of Aoi Brewing’s Golden Ale at AOI BEER STAND in Shizuoka City!

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Like other new versions their Golden Ale they didn’t come with a new name!
The ingredients are the same, but more skills have been used into its brewing!

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Served on tap
Barley, Maris Otter malt, Pilsner malt, Munich malt, Australian galaxy hop, Sylva hop
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 5.3%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Long head. Creamy. White
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: light orange color
Aroma: dry and fruity. Citruses, bread.
Taste: Very refreshing, deep, dry and fruity attack.
Citruses, mandarine oranges (mikan).
Sharp and satisfying (“sukkiri” in Japanese).
Lingers long enough for tue tasting before departing on a drier but fruity note.
Stays true to first impressions all the way through.
Varies little with food.
Oranges will insistently come back with every sip.

Overall: Another long-seller in the offing!
Dry and fruity beer for all genders and all seasons!
More complex than expected, the true proof of a great beer!
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22) Pale Ale (New version!)

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Just tasted a new version of Aoi Brewing’s Pale Ale at AOI BEER STAND in Shizuoka City!

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It is a new version of their Pale Ale although they didn’t come with a new name!
The ingredients are the same, but more skills have been used into its brewing!

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Served on tap
barley, Maris Otter malt, Crystal malt, Australian galaxy hop, Kent Holding hop
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 5.6%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Long head. Creamy. White
Clarity: Slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: Deep persimmon color
Aroma: Fresh and dry. Bread
Taste: Refreshing, dry and very fruity attack.
Complex with a great balance between acidity and fruitiness.
Citruses, bread.
Acidity and umami tending to compete in turns for recognition with fruitiness.
Otherwise stays true to first impressions all the way through.
Lingers long enough in palate for true tasting before departing on an even drier note with nuts.

Overall: very impressive improvement on an already top-class craft beer!
Very complex with dryness, fruitiness and umami constantly fighting for supremacy.
Another log-seller for all genders and seasons intheoffing!
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21) Grass wheat Ale

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I took the opportunity of both visiting Beck Co Ltd’s latest establishment, namely Beer junkie MOTEL in Shizuoka City, and tasting Aoi Brewing’s latest craft beer!

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Grass wheat Ale! this is basically a Belgian Wheat Ale-style brew!
Aoi Brewing is also owned by Beck Co. Ltd, which means that you can drink their brews at Beer Junjie MTEL, AOI BEER STAND, Beer Garage and Growstock, although this particular brew is only available at Beer Junkie MOTEL for the moment!

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Served on tap
Wheat, wheat malt, Pilsner malt, Austrlian Galaxy hop, lemon grass, coriander, orange peel, nutmeg
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 5.2%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Long head. Creamy. White
Clarity: Slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: Deep lemon color
Aroma: Dry and fresh aroma, herbs
Taste:Very refreshing, dry and fruity attack with some pleasant acidity.
Complex: lemon, herbs, coriander.
Stays true to first impressions all the way.
Lingers long enough for true tasting.
Varies little with food but for an accentuated acidity.
Marries superbly with pub and izakaya fare, especially meat!

Overall: A craft beer destined to become a regular/long-seller although it runs the risk to be exhausted and unavailable from time to time.
A discovery for all genders and seasons!
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20) Yakima Valley Pale Ale

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Aoi Brewing Co. has come up with yet another new craft beer!
This time it has a strong link with the USA as it used a hop made in Yakima valley, Washington State, a region that produces 75% of all hop grown in The USA!

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Yakima Valley pale Ale!

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Served on tap
Barley Australian Galaxy hop, Willamette hop, Maris Otter malt, Crystal Hop
ABV: 4.7 %
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: deep orange color
Bubbles: long head. Very fine bubbles, creamy. slightly orange White.
Aroma: light, bread, yeast
Taste: refreshing and dry attack with plenty of welcome acidity which nonetheless disappears very quickly.
Bread, dry fruits, persimmon, hints of ornages.
Lingers long enough for true tasting.
varies little with food.

Overall: A beer not great for refreshing yourself all year long, especially in the summer, but also excellent accompaniment to food, especially cold meat and cheese!
Definitely a long seller in the offing!

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK
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19) Shizuoka Golden Ale

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Aoi Brewing Company has come up with a new beer but it will unfortunately only one of its kind!
You had better hurry as it will have disappeared by the end of this week!

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Shizuoka Golden Ale brewed wit barley malt produced in Fujinomiya City!
Unfortunately the cost to produce such a beer with a locally-made ingredient proved too high to continue, so hurry!

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Served on tap
Barley Australian Galaxy hop, Saaz hop, Fujinomiya barley malt.
ABV: 4.2 %
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: orange/persimmon color
Bubbles: long head. Very fine bubbles, creamy. White.
Aroma: discreet, fruity and dry. lemon
Taste: very refreshing attack with welcome acidity.
Very dry and fruity. lemon, bread.
Lingers long enough for tue tasting before departing on an even drier but pleasant note..
varies little with food.

Overall: A beautiful golden ale that will come and go for the pleasure of a few lucky drinkers and to the long sadness of those who missed it!
Long live Golden Ale!

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP
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18) Weizen

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At long last, Aoi brewing in Shizuoka City has released its Weizen!

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It certainly proved better than expected in spite of the high esteem for Aoi Brewing craft beers!
incidentally The brewery is in the process of making a wholly Shizuoka Weizen with barley and its malt produced in Fujinomiya City at the foot of Mount Fuji!

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Served on tap
Wheat, Australian Galaxy hop, Tettnang hop, Pilsner malt, Wheat malt, sugars.
ABV: 5%
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: light orange
Bubbles: longish head. Very fine bubbles, a little creamy. White.
Aroma: assertive. Dry banana with hints of cloves and lemon.
Taste: very refreshing, dry and fruity attack.
Some welcome acidity well balanced by dry bananas and softened by hints of lemon.
Deep pleasant taste lingering long enough on palate for tru tasting.
Stays true to first impressions all the way through.
Practically does not change with food.

Overall: definitely heads and shoulders above most Weizen found in this country. Stronger and more reliable, too.
Solid and so reliable. Refreshing craft beer for all seasons!
Definitely bound to become a long seller!

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP

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17) Flemish Wheat Ale

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This was a bit of a late appearance, but welcome as the concept was very different from craft beers brewed until now!

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Flemish Wheat Ale!

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Served on tap
Wheat, Australian Galaxy hop, Perle hop, Sylva hop, Crystal, Pilsner malt, 1056 American live yeast. Coriander, orange peels, lemon peels, cinnamon
Unfiltered
ABV: 5.2%
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: orange
Bubbles: Longish head. Very fine bubbles. White.
Aroma: light aroma, bread, citruses
Taste: Dry and fruity attack backed up with pleasant acidity.
Complex. Oranges, citruses, bread.
Very refreshing. Oranges making a strong comeback with every sip accompanied by pleasant acidity.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing on a softer note. late lemon appearance.
Stays true to first impressions all the time.

Overall: A craft beer for all seasons!
Will definitely appeal to ladies.
Very high quality thirst quencher?
More than that as its complexity has a long life!

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP
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16) Hollyhock Xmas Ale

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The long-awaited craft beer by Aoi Brewing is finally served on the tap at AOI BEER STAND in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, but do hurry as it is a limited brew and it will surely quickly disappear!

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Hollyhock Xmas Ale!
Actually, I bear a personal responsibility in the very naming of this beer as I had advised to use the name Hollyhock to owner Naoki Mando before he had even built the newest craft beer brewery in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Served on tap
Barley, Australian Galaxy hop, Pearl hop, Crystal, Chocolate, Munich and Maris Otter malts, American Pale Ale live yeast. Coriander, orange peels, lemon peels, cinnamon
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 8.0 %
ABV: VIII%
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: dark orange
Bubbles: Long head. Very fine bubbles. Creamy. light orange color
Aroma: very fruity. Citruses with notes of strawberries
Taste: Assertive, strong, full body, fruity attack with welcome acidity.
Complex: citruses, oranges, lemon with hints of strawberries, cinnamon and dry dark chocolate.
The acidity hits pleasurably as the beer lingers inside the palate marrying with beautiful alcohol.
Stays truthful to first impressions all the way through.
Changes little with food.

Overall: Absolutely splendid beer! A bit expensive but worth all the yen of its price!
Aoi Brewing in all that sort time is already reaching unexpected peaks with still so much more potential yet unexplored!
A craft beer for true adult craft beer lovers, be they ladies and gentlemen
A very heady, fruity and extravagant craft beer to be savored slowly for full and true enjoyment!

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP
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15) Stout

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Aoi Brewing Co.’s latest beer is available on tap at AOI BEER STAND in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City: Stout!

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Served on tap
Barley, Australian Galaxy hop, Sylva hop, Crystal and Maris Otter malts, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 6.0 %
ABV: XX%
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: very dark brown
Bubbles: Long head. Very fine bubbles. Creamy. milk coffee color
Aroma: lighter than expected. Lightly roasted oats
Taste: Refreshing, deep and solid attack backed up with welcome acidity.
Bread, roasted oats, very dry coffee beans.
True stout, although lighter than expected.
Elegant.
Stay true all the way through. Varies little with food.

Overall: Elegant and easy to drink stout.
Lighter than expected.
Will please ladies and gentlemen who fancy dry beer!

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP
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14) Terra Rosa Mild Ale

Aoi Brewing in Shizuoka City is delving deep into the brewing of brown ale, but they have to come with a different name for all their experiments, otherwise their fans will get lost!

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Terra Rosa Mild Ale!
Mind you it could also be written as “Terra Roja Mild Ale”!

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Served on tap
Barley, Australian Galaxy hop, Crystal Munich malt and Maris Otter malts, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 5.5 %
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: dark amber, brown
Bubbles: Long head. Very fine bubbles. Creamy. Light brown
Aroma: refreshing and fruity. Bread, citruses. Very pleasant aroma
Taste: very deep, fruity, and refreshing attack.
lingers long enough on palate for true tasting before departing on a drier and somewhat acid note.
Oranges, persimmon, bread, roasted oats.
Solid. Stays faithful to first impressions all the way through.
Dry coffee beans will appear if drunk with food.

Overall: A beer for adult true craft beer lovers!
Refreshing, satisfying, a bit tarty, but really fulfilling.
A beer for all seasons!
Will very probably become a long seller although under a different name!
Careful, the alcohol tends to hit you later!

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP
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13) IPA (2nd batch)

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Ryousuku Oono/大野良輔さん!

Yesterday I had another (how many, now?) occasion to taste the 2nd batch of IPA by Aoi Brewing at AOI BEER STAND!

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Kooji Yamamamoto/山本剛史さん!

My two good friends had been expecting me!

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Served on tap
Barley, Australian Galaxy hop and Kent Golding (English) hop, crystal malt and maris otter malts, live yeast
Cold hopping
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 6.3 %
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: dark orange, persimmon
Bubbles: fine bubbles. long head, creamy, very light orange hue
Aroma: Light, dry and fruity. Bread, oranges
Taste: Deep, solid and fruity attack.
Lingers long on palate with a very dry finish accompanied by welcome acidity.
Complex: bread, oranges, persimmons, dry apricots.
Beautiful alcohol hitting late.
Keeps faithfully to first impressions till the last sip.
Changes little with food.

Overall: Superb improvement on on already more than excellent first batch!
Deeper and more impressing.
Very solid and reliable.
A beer for all seasons!
Best enjoyed for its own sake, no need for food!

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP
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12) SICILIAN AMBER

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Aoi Brewery Co. has just come up with yet another new craft beer with an intriguing name!

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Sicilian Amber

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Served on tap
Barley, malt, hop including kent Golding hop, yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 5.6 %
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: orange brown
Bubbles: light bubbles, shortish head, light milk coffee color
Aroma: dry and fruity, figs, caramel, roasted oats, dried persimmons
Taste: very deep and fruity attack.
Complex: roasted oats, apricots, persimmon.
Lingers long enough for on palate true tasting to finish on a deep dry caramel note.
Varies little with food but for the appearance of oranges.
Solid and reliable. Very refreshing.

Overall: A beer for all seasons and occasions.
A beer best appreciated with heavy food and BBQ.
Dangerous as it drinks very quickly!

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP
———————————-
11) GOLDEN ALE

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Aoi Brewery Co. has just come up with a new craft beer which promises to be a long seller!

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Golden Ale!

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And the other good little but important piece of news is that Aoi Brewing Co’s craft beers are served on their own coasters!

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Served on tap
Barley, malt, hop, yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 5.5 %
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: light orange, deep gold
Bubbles: very fine bubbles, creamy, long head, white color
Aroma: very light. Faint oranges and citruses
Taste: Deep, refreshing attack.
Complex: lemons, citruses, grapefruit.
Lingers long enough for on palate true tasting to finish on a dry note with some welcome acidity.
Elegant and very easy to drink.
Lemons and grapefruit make a strong comeback with every new sip.
Solid and reliable.

Overall: Definitely not a thirst quencher!
Complex, elegant, more solid and reliable than expected.
Ladies in particular will truly appreciate it, although gentlemen will be sorely tempted!

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP

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10) IPA

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At long last, the long-awaited (a bit insistent, sorry!) new craft beer by Aoi Brewing is being served on the tap at AOI BEER STAND in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki-cho!

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IPA!

Actually, the news are that the fourth batch being brewed will include Alt, pale Ale, IPA and onemore new beer, Golden Ale all to be served on tap end of October or beginning of November!

And one more beer, Christmas Ale also being brewed!

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Reasonably priced (in Japan)!

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Served on tap
Barley, Australian Galaxy hop and Kent Golding (English) hop, crystal malt and maris otter malts, live yeast
Double hopping with a repeat of Kent Golding
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 6.3 %
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: dark orange, persimmon
Bubbles: fine bubbles. longish head, light orange hue
Aroma: light, pleasant, deep, bread
Taste: very fruity, smooth, deep, dry and refreshing attack.
Complex: apricot, dry oranges, bread
Very pleasant acidity.
Lingers long enough on palate before departing on a drier note for true tasting.
New “facets” appearing with next sips.

Overall: At last an IPA by Aoi Brewing!
Excellent result for a first batch!
Very deep an complex. Should appeal to anyone, whatever the gender

AOI BREWING

Temporary address:
AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

Aoi Beers are also available at Aoi Brewery’s two more restaurants in Shizuoka City, namely

GROWSTOCK

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK
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9) ENGLISH PALE ALE

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Aoi Brewing has just come up with a new craft beer of a totally different concept with different hops and malts and a higher alcohol content, proving an ever-constant effort to improve their creations!

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English Pale Ale!
Actually this beer was born out an experiment for a new brown ale! A longer fermentation came up with a happy result!

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Served on tap
Barley, Australian Galaxy hop and Kent Golding (English) hop, crystal malt and maris otter malts, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 6.4 %
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: dark orange
Bubbles: very fine and creamy. long head, light brown hue
Aroma: light, deep and dry. Citruses
Taste: Deep and refreshing attack.
Fruity and dry. Complex. Welcome acidity. Pleasant alcohol.
Oranges, apricot, grapefruit.
Changes little with food.

Overall: a very fine beer! Solid, reliable, complex. Easy to drink despite its higher alcohol content.
Its fruitiness allied to its acidity will please both ladies and gentlemen!
Perfect for a still hot Autumn afternoon or evening!

AOI BREWING

Temporary address:
AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

Aoi Beers are also available at Aoi Brewery’s two more restaurants in Shizuoka City, namely

GROWSTOCK

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK
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8) LIBITTER

The very newest craft beer by Aoi Brewing is now a available at AOI BEER STAND in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City: Litbitter Stout!

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I had a little talk about the naming, “Litbitter”!
Actually it means “a little bit bitter” or “little bitter”!
Naming is sometimes a bit mysterious in Japanese!

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Served on tap
Barley, barley hops, roasted malt, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 5.5 %
Clarity: opaque, slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: very dark brown
Bubbles: very fine and creamy. longish head, milk coffe color
Aroma: light, bread, toast
Taste: smooth, deep, refreshing attack. Gets deeper as it is swallowed down.
Dry coffee with hints of caramel. Dry figs.
Lingers on for quite a while before departing on a dry and acid note.
Reveals evolving facets.
Varies little with food.

Overall: Both refreshing and solid.
Very well-balanced with great acid finishing touch.
Superbly marries with food.
Drinks up slowly. Take your time to enjoy it!
Tends to reveal new facets as you drink it along.
Aoi Brewing is really coming of age!

AOI BREWING

Temporary address:
AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

Aoi Beers are also available at Aoi Brewery’s two more restaurants in Shizuoka City, namely

GROWSTOCK

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK
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7) MILD ALE

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日本語

Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Aoi Brewing-Mild Ale

I seem to have recently developed a sixth sense when it comes to check the eventuality of a new brew being put on the tap!

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i had no particular reason to visit Aoi Beer Stand in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City as they hadn’t announced anything on their Facebook account but here I found myself facing the blackboard over the counter with a totally new brew: Mild ale!

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Served on tap
Barley, barley hops, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 4~5 degrees
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: dark orange
Bubbles: very fine and creamy. shortish head, white
Aroma: very fruity and mild. Citruses
Taste: very mild and fruity attack.
Deep, elegant and refreshing.
Both well-rounded and complex: apricots, bread.
Varies little with food.
Stays very stable all the time, soft and pleasant.

Overall: The best craft beer by Aoi Brewing so far!
Very well-rounded and fruity.
A great craft beer for the coming autumn.
Being very fruity without being sweet and with little acidity, it should please both ladies and gentlemen.

AOI BREWING

Temporary address:
AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

Aoi Beers are also available at Aoi Brewery’s two more restaurants in Shizuoka City, namely

GROWSTOCK

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK
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6) AUSTRALIAN ALE (2nd batch)

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While the third batch should available on top during the second half of this month, more beers from the second stand are appearing at Aoi Beer Stand in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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This time is the turn for Australian Ale!

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Served on tap
Barley, barley hops, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 4~5 degrees
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: Dark orange
Bubbles: Longish head, Very fine creamy bubbles. White
Aroma: Dry and fruity. Oranges
Taste: Refreshing dry and fruity attack.
Complex. Bread, oranges, hints of mild lemon.
Elegant. Great improvement on the first batch!
Gently lingers on the palate before leaving on a drier note and late pleasant acidity.

Overall Elegant thirst quencher with a twist!
Reveals increasingly numerous facets.
Well-rounded with late acidity and dryness.
Keep you up on your toes.

AOI BREWING

Temporary address:
AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

Aoi Beers are also available at Aoi Brewery’s two more restaurants in Shizuoka City, namely

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK

and Mando:

Mando, Neo Japanesque Bar
420-0031, Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Gofuku Cho, 2-4-6, Mori Blg, 1F
Tel/Fax: 054-221-5103
Business hours: 17:00~26:00
Parties possible on 2F
Credit cards OK
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5) PALE ALE (2nd batch)

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Another beer has appeared with the 2nd batch brewed by Aoi Brewing, namely Pale Ale, which is incidentally their second trial with the same type!
Of course I went to taste it at Aoi Beer Stand in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Served on tap
Barley, barley hops, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 4~5 degrees
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: dark orange/persimmon
Bubbles: very fine. Longish head, white
Aroma: dry oranges
Taste: Very fruity and gentle approach.
Oranges, bread.
Very refreshing, straightforward and easy to drink.
Stays dry all the time with a little welcome acidity.
Not affected by food.

Overall: A high quality thirst quencher.
Eminently enjoyable on a late hot afternoon.
Drinks very fast, so be prepared for a bigger glass!

AOI BREWING

Temporary address:
AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

Aoi Beers are also available at Aoi Brewery’s two more restaurants in Shizuoka City, namely

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK

and Mando:

Mando, Neo Japanesque Bar
420-0031, Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Gofuku Cho, 2-4-6, Mori Blg, 1F
Tel/Fax: 054-221-5103
Business hours: 17:00~26:00
Parties possible on 2F
Credit cards OK
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4) BITTER ALE

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Yesterday I finally managed some free time to taste Aoi Brewing’s new beer at Aoi Beer Stand in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City: Bitter Ale!

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Bitter Ale is part of Aoi Brewing’s second batch which includes Summer Stout!

Incidentally we will be able to savor the third batch from mid-August with 4 types: Alt, Brown Ale, IPA and Stout!

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Served on tap
Barley, barley hops, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 4 degrees
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: orange
Bubbles: very fine. Short head, white
Aroma: discreet and dry. Roasted oats.
Taste: Very refreshing and dry attack.
Roasted oats, bread, hints of oranges.
Pleasantly lingers for a while in back of the palate.
Later appearance of nuts.
Not really as its name would suggest, but dry with some gentle acidity.
Changes little with food but for stronger oranges.

Overall: Very refreshing beer, far better than owner Naoki Mando would admit.
Great thirst-quenching craft beer with a twist!

AOI BREWING

Temporary address:
AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

Aoi beer is also available at Aoi Brewery’s two more restaurants in Shizuoka City, namely

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK

and Mando:

Mando, Neo Japanesque Bar
420-0031, Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Gofuku Cho, 2-4-6, Mori Blg, 1F
Tel/Fax: 054-221-5103
Business hours: 17:00~26:00
Parties possible on 2F
Credit cards OK

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4) SUMMER STOUT

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The second batch from Aoi Brewing in Shizuoka City is finally available on the tap!

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In the first batch we had the opportunity to taste a Pale Ale, a Summer Ale, an Australian Ale and Slight Stout.
The second batch introduces a Bitter Ale and a Summer Stout!
In all truth we are looking forward to the third batch which bears a lot of promises!

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Served on tap
Barley, barley hops, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 4.5 degrees
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: Dark brown
Bubbles: fine. shortish head, light coffee color
Aroma: discreet, caramel
Taste: Very light and soft approach, refreshing.
Dry caramel, bread, hints of coffee beans.
Lingers on for a while on the palate with welcome acidity.
Holds well with food.

Overall: Very refreshing craft beer.
Best drunk less than chilled for full enjoyment.
Great as a summer beer as not overwhelming.
Marked improvement on first batch!
Really looking forward to third batch!

AOI BREWING

Temporary address:
AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

Aoi beer is also available at Aoi Brewery’s two more restaurants in Shizuoka City, namely

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK

and Mando:

Mando, Neo Japanesque Bar
420-0031, Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Gofuku Cho, 2-4-6, Mori Blg, 1F
Tel/Fax: 054-221-5103
Business hours: 17:00~26:00
Parties possible on 2F
Credit cards OK
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2) SUMMER ALE

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If you want to taste Aoi Brewing craft beers and also write about it, there is the perfect place within walking distance of Shizuoka JR Station!

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Aoi Beer Stand!
Mind you, if you want to write about the beer you will have to find one of the six seats free!
Otherwise drinking outside on the pavement is OK!

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Incidentally Aoi Beer Standing is celebrating its 1st Anniversary!

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One of these days I will have a selfie taken of my person drinking their beer standing in front!

As for the tasting, bear in mind that the beers will come and go before re-appearing in the future!
It makes the tasting and writing even more enjoyable!

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Served on tap
Barley, barley hops, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: ~5 degrees
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered)
Color: deep yellow
Bubbles: fine. Longish head
Aroma: assertive. Oranges, bread, dry
Taste: very dry and deep approach.
Very refreshing with welcome acidity.
Oranges.
Lingers inside palate with an increasing dryness and acidity.
Changes little with food.

Overall: very refreshing brew with more acidity than usual.
Westerners will probably appreciate it more than the Japanese.
Great balance between fruitiness and acidity.
For very dry beer lovers!

AOI BREWING

Temporary address:
AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

Aoi beer is also available at Aoi Brewery’s two more restaurants in Shizuoka City, namely

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK

and Mando:

Mando, Neo Japanesque Bar
420-0031, Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Gofuku Cho, 2-4-6, Mori Blg, 1F
Tel/Fax: 054-221-5103
Business hours: 17:00~26:00
Parties possible on 2F
Credit cards OK
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1) AUSTRALIAN ALE

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At long last I can write my first tasting report of the newest craft beer brewery in Shizuoka City and Shizuoka Prefecture, namely Aoi Brewery!

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I conducted it at Aoi Beer Stand where they serve all the brewery on the tap.
For the moment 4 of them are available and I started with the Australian Ale!

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Served on tap
Barley, barley hops, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: ~5 degrees
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered)
Color: Yellowish orange:
Bubbles: fine. Short head
Aroma: Assertive. Oranges, bread, dry
Taste: Dry with a fruity attack. Refreshing.
Complex. Oranges. Citruses. Bread.
Starts mildly on the tongue and palate before lingering on with welcome acidity.
Being drunk for the tap, it was not that chilled, and this is for the best as it tends to reveal hidden facets.
Changes little with food.
Stays relatively mild all the way.

Overall: A craft beer for all seasons.
Does not need to be over-chilled, a very good point indeed.
The kind of beer you take time to drink at ease.
I would suggest to drink it in late afternoon when you’re not ready for a meal yet but need a solid and reliable drink to refresh yourself!

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