Last week I headed over to LOFT/PLUS ONE in Shinjuku to attend “Come, beer lovers! The fall “Moyashimon Ale” harvest festival”.
The first part of the event consisted of an introduction to craft beer and tips on enjoying beer more, such as how to wash beer glasses at home and the types of beer that goes well with food using miso/shoyu.
The welcome drink was Sankt Gallen’s “Shonan Gold”. Shonan Gold was available on tap as well. This year’s Moyashimon collab beer (“Super India Pale Ale”) was made available after the first part of the event was over. This year’s beer is very bitter like last year’s, but the hop aroma is more citrusy and more noticeable.
The second part of the event featured Masayuki Ishikawa-sensei (creator of Moyashimon) and President Iwamoto of Sankt Gallen brewery (the brewery which makes the collab beer).
Ishikawa-sensei mentioned how volume 8 of Moyashimon came about. His initial thoughts were “What is beer? I don’t understand it too well”, so he set off for Europe with his editor and visited Germany, Czech, and Belgium during Oktoberfest season. After Ishikawa-sensei returned to Japan, he happened to attend a wake and felt the beer he drank there tasted terrible. (It is customary for the deceased’s family to serve drinks and food to the condolers as the last meal with the deceased.)
Sensei then felt “people should drink beer with a smile on their face” and started drinking all sorts of beer. He eventually encountered Japanese craft beer in the process and decided to feature it in volume 8.
Ishikawa-sensei and President Iwamoto then talked about how the collab beer was made. Sensei likes IPA and likes Sankt Gallen’s Yokohama XPA as well, but felt XPA should be made more bitter. When the collab beer project began, sensei requested that the beer’s IBU be over 100 but easy to drink, and not too strong. The president’s initial reaction to the request was “Hops are expensive!”.
This year’s collab beer is the third version. It uses seven types of hops, and uses citra hop to add citrus flavor. 4650 liters of the collab beer was made this year (about 12000 bottles worth). The beer will be first available at the Fall Beer Festival in Saitama. At the Yokohama Oktoberfest, Sankt Gallen will sell beer mugs and coffee mugs with Ishikawa-sensei’s illustrations printed on them.
Ishikawa-sensei was wearing Baby’s “Kei-chan coordinate set” when he first appeared, but had changed when he appeared for part two (with big boos from the audience). During the Q&A session, sensei mentioned that Tadayasu’s official height is 148cm.
The omiyage was a set of postcards. The first postcard features Oryzae and the harvest moon: