Winter Fruit Tart Ale Brings the Taste of Ripe Figs to the Table
Winter Fruit Tart Ale is available bottled or by the keg
Early standard-bearer of Japan’s current craft beer boom Sankt Gallen Brewery has released a new beer made with ripe figs grown in Ashigara, Kanagawa: Winter Fruit Tart Ale. Kegs went on sale in November 28, 2018, bottles a week after that, and both will be available only through January 2019 as limited winter-only items.
Brewed differently from the lagers that make up most major beer brands, ales are a Sankt Gallen specialty. Winter Fruit Tart Ale is an amber ale brewed with caramel malt for a striking base tone. Ripe Ashigara figs (an official Kanagawa Brand) contribute a rich jam-like flavor, apple adds refreshing tartness, and ginger and cinnamon are spicy accents on top—an ideal blend for this frosty time of year.
Around 110 kg (242 lb) of hanedashi figs are used—fruit with superficial imperfections due to rain or other causes, but the same delicious taste
Figs are so soft and easily damaged that transporting them when ripe is difficult. By using completely ripe Kanagawa-grown figs, Sankt Gallen Brewery was able to create a “sticky,” gently sweet taste quite unlike the flavor that comes from figs picked earlier.
Sankt Gallen Brewery is known for its fruity beers flavored with orange or apple, and this is a creation it is particularly proud of. If you’re partial to a well-baked fruit tart in winter, Winter Fruit Tart Ale might be just the drink for you this January.
◆ Limited-Edition Winter Fruit Tart Ale
Official website: https://www.sanktgallenbrewery.com/beers/winter-fruit-tart-ale/