Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA On Its Way

Jacob McKean

Those of you who follow us on Facebook & Twitter know that we recently brewed a beer called Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA as a benefit for Japanese tsunami relief. Bryan Baird—brewmaster & founder of Numazu, Japan’s Baird Brewing—and Toshi Ishii—former Stone brewer (1998-2001) & founder of Guam’s Ishii Brewing Co.—joined Stone Head Brewer Mitch Steele in crafting this truly unique beer.

As the name implies, this beer is “dry-hopped” with Sencha, a variety of whole-leaf Japanese green tea. Unique, no? Well, it’s a first for us.

But the excitement doesn’t end there. The hop varieties used to brew this hoppy IPA are downright eccentric. The bittering hop is American Warrior (nothing crazy there), but then we used Crystal hops and New Zealand Pacifica hops for the flavoring addition. The first dry-hop addition featured those same flavoring hops plus a brand spankin’ new hop variety from the Alsace region of France called Aramis. The second dry-hop addition features Sorachi Ace hops, which were originally developed in Japan, and the aforementioned Sencha tea.

Mitch, Toshi, and Bryan pose for the camera

The tentative release date for this innovative new beer is July 11th. If you typically see our collaboration beers in your area, you’ll very likely have access to this one.

For those that care, Aramis is a high-alpha Strisselspalt derivative, typically clocking in around 8% alpha acid. That means it imparts more bitterness than its parent variety, while providing an amped up version of its aroma and oil. If you have an intense interest in new hop varieties. we’ll delve a little deeper into the mysteries of Aramis in a future blog post.

Anywho, the point is that this beer has a lot of “firsts” in it. We’re looking forward to tasting it as much as you are.

30 comments

  1. jsnod
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    As a passionate lover of both beer and Sencha, I think I may just have to kill myself after having this beer. What else is there to look forward to in life after enjoying the marriage of the two best beverages in the universe?

  2. First off that sounds amazing. I’m crossing my fingers that this makes it up north to the Central Valley area.

    Second off it’s great to see these great collaborations that you are always doing.

    Lastly it’s always great to hear how you’re always doing these charity brews. As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to drink your fantastic creations the knowledge that we’re helping others just makes your brews all that more tasty.

  3. We just got Stone beer in Kansas City, MO within the past two months, but I sure hope we get this one! My interests are sure peaked!

  4. So my big question is will this only be available at the brewhouse? Please send a few kegs up to the oc.

  5. Joey Schmidt
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    Please Please Please Send this to birmingham Alabama! I will do anything! This beer sounds amazing!

  6. Charon
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    You can bet I’ll be there straight after work.

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  9. aleface smugglar
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    Ive use Sorachi Ace in a SMSH (single malt, single hop ) beer great hops. Hints of dill great with sashimi.

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  14. Steve Ryan
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    I had this beer at Beerworks in Medford, Oregon and was rather impressed. I certainly hope it gains enough traction to become a regular offer.

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  19. Can’t wait to taste Japanese Green tea beer! I’m half Japanese! konichiwa..my neighborhood bar has this and will be tasting this weekend!

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  22. John in ATX
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    Please make more! Best thing I’ve tasted in a long time.

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