Back by popular demand is Baird/Ishii/Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA. The collaboration first debuted back in 2011.
The collaboration spans three countries, and Baird is based in Japan, Ishii Brewing in Guam, and Stone Brewing Co. in California. The trio created an IPA brewed with Japanese Sencha Green Tea, plus five different hops. Japanese Green Tea IPA actually was brewed in response to the 2011 Japan earthquake and Tsunami. It raised $64,000 toward relief efforts.
“This beer was beloved when it was first released, but due to the hop availabilities and creative nature of collaborations, we decided to swap out the original beer’s now very rare Pacifica hops from New Zealand for Helga hops from Australia,” explains Steele. “We brewed exactly the same recipe, targeting the same original gravity; however, since we’ve improved our brewing and fermentation processes, the alcohol by volume rose from 9.2 percent to 10.1 percent. The result is a heftier beer that perfectly highlights the earthy spice flavors that the Japanese green tea provides.”
Baird/Ishii/Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA is available again in 22oz bottles and draft.
Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; United Kingdom; Japan; and Singapore.
10.1% ABV, 75 IBUs
Read more: Stone Collaboration Series
Stone Brewing announced a few weeks ago a $26 million dollar expansion – including restaurant, brewery additions, even a hotel. Also mentioned was a Japanese brewing collaboration. What you see before you is the result of the collaboration, between Stone, Ishii Brewing (Island of Guam) & Baird Brewing (Numazu, Japan). A IPA brewed with green tea seems quite fitting for this Asia-American collaboration. Green Tea IPA is brewed by Mitch Steel Bryan Baird & Stone “ex pat” Toshii of Ishii. All the proceeds of this brew go to raising money to support Japanese tsunami relief.
A wonderful spirit of camaraderie, cooperation and mutual support exists in the world of craft brewing. We have harnessed this spirit fully in the crafting of this special collaborative brew dedicated to the resilient people of Japan who are bravely endeavoring to overcome the tragedy of March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 12oz bottles. Distribution AK AZ CA CO FL IL KY MA MN NC NJ NM NY OH OR PA SC TX VA VT WA.