Announced last month, this special beer was made on May 19 by Mitch Steele (Stone Head Brewer), and two Japan-based brewers, Bryan Baird (Baird Beer) and Toshi Ishii (Ishii Brewing). Note: Actually, Ishii-san is now based in Guam.
It was brewed with Maris Otter malt and Belgian Candi sugar, bittered with Warrior, and flavored with Crystal and New Zealand Pacifica hops. Crystal and Pacifica were added again in a dry hopping, along with Aramis hops. A second dry hopping included whole Sorachi Ace hops and Sencha Green Tea.
According to the Baird Beer Brewer’s blog, Stone will donate all proceeds to the Japanese Red Cross for the earthquake relief efforts. Nagano Trading will be importing some of the production to Japan, and will also donate the profits to the Red Cross.
Photos of the three brewers HERE.