YO-HO BREWERY INDO NO AOONI IPA
In the same way that the Yo-Ho Brewery represents the next generation of Shokunin with its approach to crafting new styles of beer for Japan, like Indo No Aooni IPA, so too does artist and craftsman Kiyotsugu Nakagawa. One of only 30 or 40 Living National Treasures in Japan, he blends art and craft to make beautiful oke (wooden buckets). From his workshop in Shiga, Kiyotsugu makes his buckets out of 2,000 year old cedar and has exhibited at the Biennale in Venice and art galleries as well. The ancient techniques he uses are afforded relevance again in the context of modern art.
Upon its founding in 1996, Yo-Ho helped to establish the craft beer industry in Japan and push it, through skilfully applied effort, into new and interesting spaces. Indo No Aooni, which translates as Blue Demon of India, is one result of these efforts and is an English-style IPA. It is less sweet than Yo-Ho’s pale ale and offers lingering earthy hops.