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Nippon Craft Beer Kagua Blanc
Posted: 3 June 2015  Beer Republic 8.0 
Nippon Craft Beer Kagua Blanc from Japan Kagua Blanc is closest to a Belgian wheat beer, with a Japanese twist.  Brewed to almost the alcohol level of a Belgian tripel , you'd never guess it from the balanced and fruity taste.  This is well made stuff, and you don't require Japanese food to pair it with.  Pick up a pizza and a porno.  Kagua Blanc, I am sure, will taste great with both.              
Avg price/liter: USD 19.71   ABV %: 8.0  Type: Belgian Wheat   
       


Nippon Craft Beer is impressive as a company.  Nippon Craft Beer only started selling Kagua, their unique Japanese scented ale in March 2012.  Just six months later, they were aiming for the Hong Kong and Singapore markets.      

Their market is an obvious one.   High-end bars and Japanese restaurants overseas.  Japanese restaurants always cost a premium and so, I imagine, does Japanese craft brew overseas.  By the end of 2014, Nippon Craft Beer was trying to hit the US and South Korean markets. It is now available in 9 countries.       

For the first 3 years of operation, they kept their product line lean. Just Kagua -- a white (Blanc) and a red (Rouge) version. Both Kaguas utilize the Japanese ingredients yuzu and sansho.  Yuzu is an East Asian citrus fruit.  Sansho is a type of Japanese pepper.       

Nippon Craft Beer is a Japanese operator.  The recipes are Japanese and all the corporate officers are from and live large in Japan.  But I suppose they're a lean mean fighting machine and realize that strong sales will ultimately determine their success, so they don't bother with the overheads that owning and maintaining a brewery would entail.  Instead, they contract out the brewing to a brewery in Belgium.         

Good thing, too, because Kagua Blanc is closest to a Belgian wheat beer, with a Japanese twist.  Brewed to almost the alcohol level of a Belgian tripel , you'd never guess it from the balanced and fruity taste.   

This is well made stuff, and you don't require Japanese food to pair it with.  Pick up a pizza and a porno.  Kagua Blanc, I am sure, will taste great with both.            
     

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