Yokai by Wild Beer Co
Pale Ale, 4.5%
This pale ale combines the citrus fruit yuzu, seaweed, Szechuan pepper and wild ale. Yokai brings the delights of salty umami seaweed balanced with bright yuzu citrus in a super refreshing pale ale.
The live tasting of this beer was on 25th November 2021 #BeerBods
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Picture stags rutting in a field. Mean. Moody. The epitome of wild. The Wild Beer Co logo speaks volumes about the place in which this brewery was born at the tail end of 2012. Those wild antlers have smashed down the doors of the British beer establishment transforming both the way in which beer is made and how it can be paired with food.
Brett (the Californian former chef who takes care of the brewing) and Andrew (the ‘dogsbody’ – his words) met whilst working at the Bristol Beer Factory. They jumped in with a 15 barrel brewery in rural Somerset (Andrew’s home shire) and started brewing some pretty incredible beers that have style and substance in equal measure. If you want your beers bold, brash and experimental on the yeast front, look no further. Taking inspiration from Belgian wild yeast ales used in this traditional farmhouse ale style, Wild Beer are hurling it forward dramatically into the modern age.
Then there is the barrel ageing and magic ingredients. Nobody does beer like Wild Beer. Our personal favourites include Ninkasi (apple juice, wild yeasts, NZ hops and champagne fermentation), Schnoodlepip (barrel-aged with pink peppers, passion fruit and hibiscus) and Millionaire (chocolate and salted caramel milk stout).
For tonight’s beer, we have Yokai, Wild Beer introduce it for us…
“Yokai is a delightfully balanced blend of bright Yuzu citrus, umami from the seaweed and gentle spice from Sichuan peppercorns. It takes inspiration from Yadokai, our infamous sake-inspired 13% beer.
Kelp seaweed and sea salt build a salty, umami base while oats maintain body and mouthfeel as a sharp yuzu citrus high note leaps up with the lightly fragrant Szechuan playing in the background.”