Japan’s new invention, Beer Smoothie?

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Kirin's Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft

Kirin's Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft: Will this be the next beer craze?

So you want your beer head to last a bit longer?  Kirin might have an answer for you.

Kirin has created the “Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft”.  They have taken the beer head, frozen it like a beer sorbet, and added it to the top of the beer.  Kirin claims this will keep your beer cold for 30 minutes, and gives you a nice beer dessert.

It looks like the “technology” is similar to ice cream you’d get at Dairy Queen.  They take some of the beer, agitate it with air till it’s a foam, and then freeze it.  The result is frozen beer foam.

They foam will float on the top of your beer, but it’s not clear how you drink your beer?!  Do you punch a hole in it?  Maybe we’ll be seeing people drinking their beer through a straw, which should have wonderful effects on your sobriety.

This technique might be better suited for dessert beers like Avery’s Samael. I can’t image frozen foamy Kirin will taste much different than Kirin.

If you can read Japanese you can read more about it here, otherwise you’ll have to settle for the video. The beer debuts this May in Japan. No word on when it hits other countries.

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DJ Spiess

DJ Spiess

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I live in Denver, Colorado. This blog is everything about beer, wine, cider, mead and other spirits.
I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer! It is a great hobby!