Thursday, March 01, 2007

Why.....


Ever had a Cream Stout? They're quite good, if you haven't tried one you really should. Squatters and Red Rock both make one. This style of stout basically has larger amounts dextrins and unfermentable sugars. This gives the brew more body and adds a sweetness to balance the roasted character of the beer.

Recently the Japanese (as usual) have taken the whole thing to the next, next level. A brewery in the city of Nakashibetsu has succeeded in producing a low-malt beer with milk. The drink, called “Bilk” went on sale on Feb. 1. It reportedly has a fruity flavor that its brewers hope will be popular among women.

I don't know about Japanese women, but ninety percent of the American women I know, hate milk. Good luck with that one guys. I guess the idea for the drink was conceived after dairy farms started throwing out huge amounts of surplus milk. The local brewery(Abashiri Beer) was approached by a liquor vendor, who suggested the idea, of producing a "milk beer" to the dairy farming locals. The "Beer" is one-third milk and for the time being sales will be restricted to Nakashibetsu, with six liquor stores selling the beverage.

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