Like other Japanese microbreweries, Coedo Brewery took advantage of the law change and started brewing beers in 1996, initially using the wheat from their local area. Unable to find a malting company nearby, they began to use locally sourced sweet potatoes instead. They also invited a German braumeister to stay and teach the Coedo staff his techniques over a 5 year period. In 2006, rather than using the classification of ‘Ji-beer’ (‘local beer’), often used to entice tourists to buy beer, Coedo began to use ‘craft beer’ instead. Their main line up consists of:
Coedo Main Lineup
The following are part of Coedo’s all year round lineup
- Coedo Kyara – an Indian pale lager brewed from six different malts;
- Coedo Ruri – a pilsner named after the colour of a clear, blue sky;
- Coedo Shiro – a hefeweizen that is best served chilled.
- Coedo Shikkoku – a black lager brewed from eight different malts, including two dark malts;
- Coedo Beniaka – an Imperial style sweet potato amber, classified as a happoshu due to the low malt content.
- Coedo Marihana – Coedo’s take on a session IPA.
Coedo Seasonal, Limited Edition, and Draft Lineup
The following are part of Coedo’s seasonal, limited edition, and draft range
- Coedo / Ballast Point West to East IPA – an American style IPA
- Coedo / Coronado / Ichiro’s Coedonado Barrel Aged – an American style black ale;
- Coedo / Coronado Coedonado – an American style strong ale
- Coedo Gattsu Pozu – a 10% double IPA, produced as a collaboration between Coedo, based in Saitama, Japan and Fieldworks Brewing Company.
- Coedo Imperial IPA – a double IPA.
- Coedo Regista IPA – 6% American IPA brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic, and Motueka hops.
Coedo Brewery Information
Address: 385-10 Kamitome, Miyoshi-machi, Iruma-gun, Saitama, Japan 354-0045
Homepage (in English): http://www.coedobrewery.com/en/
Online Store: http://webshop.coedobrewery.com/
Coedo Articles can be found at the following places:
Interview with Asagiri-san, president of Coedo