The brewery at Otaru was one of the first in the country to take advantage of the change in the Japanese brewing laws in 1994. It took its place as one of the key new breweries to emerge in its wake helping launch the craft beer era in Japan. The beer brewed here follows the Rheinheitsgebot (German Purity Law) which dates back 500 years. According to the Japan Times article from a few years ago, the brewer, Johannes Braun, was headhunted from Germany and readily accpeted the challange of brewing beer in Otaru - quite a daunting prospect at the time but Braun had a deep brewing pedigree (family brewey in Germany dates back to 1610) and a sense of adventure.
Pilsner (description courtesy of Michael Jackson, yes THE Michael Jackson): 'Classically a super-premium pale lager with fragrant, flowery bouquet, a soft palate and an elegantly dry and hoppy finish. Modelled on the original from Pilsen. Serve at 9 degrees C. Good as an aperitif or with fish dishes.'
Notes inspired by the Otaru beer website: A more popular type of beer in the northern parts of Germany, fresh hops permeate this golden throat chamer. Tracing its lineage back to the very first pilsner beer made in the city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic in 1842, this beer is a old master, and the one we are serving you is a perfect example of the form.
We are delighted to stock the Otaru Pilsner at the Niseko Taproom.
Gilhooly, Rob, German braumeister puts Otaru brewery on map, <www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2011/01/22/general/german-braumeister-puts-otaru-brewery-on-map/#.XAuQ7GgzZPY> Accessed December 9th 2018.
Jackson, Michael, The New World Guide to Beer, The Apple Press, 1991
Otaru Beer company website: https://otarubeer.com