YO-HO BREWERY SUIYOUBI NO NEKO
In a mountainous and snowy region of Japan lies the town of Karuizawa. Within these stunning natural surrounds, Yo-Ho Brewery has been producing exceptionally crafted beer, including Suiyoubi No Neko, utilising fresh water from Mt. Asama as part of the brewing process. Yo-Ho’s president Naoyuki Ide emphasises the highest levels of quality control that Yo-Ho employs, which exemplifies Shokunin, with a focus on natural carbonation and the use of their own yeast strands during brewing. The brewery uses slightly harder water than most due to its location at the foothills of a volcanic mountain, which Ide notes “adds to the depth of our beer flavours.”
Suiyoubi No Neko is a simple, well-executed Belgian wheat beer. Light and refreshing, it tastes smooth, faintly fruity and offers hints of banana and citrus. As is common for the style, it also tastes yeasty and unfiltered, and is a fine example in the Yo-Ho range of the quality control that Mr Ide speaks of.