Kyoto Brewing Company is a craft beer brewery located in Kyoto, Japan. Founded in 2015, Kyoto Brewing Company has been a story of continued success ever since. The three people behind KBC (as they’re often called) are Chris Hainge, Paul Speed, and Benjamin Falck. The beers from KBC have a strong Belgian influence, from the yeast used, to the style of beer. One of the main yeasts used is Belgian Ardennes, known for its spicy and fruit notes it imparts into beers. It also works well to produce bright beers that look good, no matter the light. The hops used at KBC also show a global connection as imported hops from the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Slovenia, and the UK are all used in some of their beers. Belgian beers have also heavily influenced the styles of beers made too, with Belgian saisons, stouts, and blonde ales being part of the core line up.
Kyoto Brewing : Year Round Lineup
The following is a small list of Kyoto Brewing Company’s beers that we’ve had – by no means an exhaustive list. We’ll add to this as we drink more of them.
- Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie – A 5.9% saison brewed using Belgian yeast and hops from both the USA and New Zealand.
- Kyoto Brewing Ichii Senshin – A 6.5% Belgian IPA brewed using Pilsner Malt, Maris Otter, Malted Wheat and uses Warrior, Chinook, Styrian Goldings, Willamette, and Centennial hops with Belgian Ardennes yeast.
- Kyoto Brewig Kuroshio no Gotoku – A 4.8% stout with its name that roughly translates to “Like the Black Tide”, with the Black Tide referring to the Japan current that works its way from Japan to the West Coast of the USA.
- Kyoto Brewing 6 Day Weekend – A 4.5% Belgian Ale brewed with Pilsner, Pale Ale, and Carapils malts along with Warrior hops, followed by Topaz and Mistral hops for aroma.
Kyoto Brewing : Seasonal & Limited Lineup
The following is a small list of Kyoto Brewing Company’s seasonal and limited beers that we’ve had.
- Kyoto Brewing Berugii kara – A 5% amber ale brewed using Pilsner, Biscuit Malt, Cara 50, and Special B malts imported from Belgium with Mistral, Triskel, and Barb Rouge hops imported from France.
- Kyoto Brewing Double Dragon – A 5.5% stout which started out as a foreign export stout and then fermented using the in-house Belgian yeast followed by an addition of figs.
- Kyoto Brewing Haru No Kimagure – A 6% American pale ale that includes Merkur hops for bittering and a variety of imported hops in the guise of Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Cascade Cryo, and Centennial Cryo.
- Kyoto Brewing Ichi – A 6.5% American IPA brewed using Columbus for bittering and Cascade, Simcoe, Citra, and Sabro used for flavour
- Kyoto Brewing Indigo Skies – A 5.5% fruit sour brewed with blueberry and raspberry puree along with pilsner and wheat in the grain bill.
- Kyoto Brewing Kan – A 6% American IPA brewed using imported Citra, Ekuanot, Citra Cryo, Ekuanot Cryo, and Sabro hops and also contains coconut powder.
- Kyoto Brewing Koh – A 6% American IPA with a mineral content of 324ppm and a water profile similar to a Burton water.
- Kyoto Brewing Little Pleasures – A 4% table saison brewed using Pilsner and Flaked Wheat along with Aramis for bittering hops and Motueka for flavour / aroma.
- Kyoto Brewing Mariko – A 6% Belgian IPA brewed using Merkur for bittering hops, and Mosaic, Citra, and Equinox for flavour and aroma.
- Kyoto Brewing Mario – A 7.5% Belgian Double IPA brewed using imported Chinook, Columbus, and Simcoe.
- Kyoto Brewing Minori – A 6.5% American IPA which uses Merkur hops for bittering, while for flavour and aroma, Kyoto Brewing Company used Citra and Mosaic.
- Kyoto Brewing Nagoriyuki – A 4.9% hefeweizen brewed with Pilsner and Wheat malt, along with Merkur hops from Germany for bittering and Summer hops for flavour.
- Kyoto Brewing Nan – A 6% American IPA with a mineral content of 48ppm and a water profile similar to a Pilzen water profile.
- Kyoto Brewing Ni – A 6.5% American IPA with Columbus used for bittering and Cascade, Simcoe, Citra, and Sabro used for flavour.
- Kyoto Brewing Shunkashuto Spring – A 6.0% Belgian Saison with the hops being Hallertau Mittelfruh for bittering, and Styrian Goldings Bobek with Hallertau Mittelfruh for aroma.
- Kyoto Brewing Shunkashuto Winter – An 8.0% strong saison with Merkur being used for bittering hops, and Motueka with Nelson Sauvin for the aroma and flavour hops.
- Kyoto Brewing Summer Splash – A 5% American Wheat Ale that contains 33% wheat malt. It uses Merkur hops for bittering and Motueka hops from New Zealand with Summer hops from Australia being used for the flavour / aroma hops.
- Kyoto Brewing Sunset Juice – A 4.5% Belgian sour brewed using hibiscus and dried orange mikan peel.
- Kyoto Brewing Wa – A 6% saison IPA brewed using four different hops: Cascade, HBC 344, Citra, and Mandarina Bavaria.
- Kyoto Brewing Yosano Homecoming – A 5.5% saison brewed using locally grown Chinook hops from the Yosano area.
Kyoto Brewing Company Details
Address: 25-1 Nishikujo Takahatacho, Minami Ward, Kyoto, 601-8446
Homepage (in English): https://kyotobrewing.com/
Brewery Store: https://kyotobrewing.com/en/collections/kbc-multi-collection
Kyoto Brewing Company Articles
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