The city produces craft beer made from local products

FUKUOKA, Japan – Residents and businesses in Tachiarai, Fukuoka Prefecture, have launched a project to produce craft beer made from locally harvested strawberries and corn to support farmers struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.

The two craft beers, named Tachiarai Ale, were unveiled at a restaurant adjacent to the Kirin Brewery Fukuoka factory in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture on June 11. The beer was produced in partnership with the brewing company.

Last summer, Ayumi Kato, a 32-year-old member of the city’s Community Revitalization Team, planned the project to support farmers and others amid the pandemic using non-standard agricultural products that would have been thrown away. After discussions with other local farmers, Kato decided to create two types of beer: one using Amao strawberries and one using local corn.

Around 850,000 yen was raised for the project across Japan through a crowdfunding campaign. After being offered the malt produced in the city by the Kirin factory, project members asked a craft brewery in Anan, Tokushima prefecture, to produce the beers for Tachiarai.

Amao beer has the color and aroma of strawberries with a slight bitter taste, while corn-based beer is characterized by its deep richness and pungent flavor. The products are priced at 700 yen for a 330 milliliter bottle. About 500 bottles of each beer were to be produced and sold to Miyazaki Saketen, a local liquor store and event venues.

Tachirai Mayor Tetsushi Nakayama and Nobuo Takahashi, Fukuoka Kirin Factory Manager, attended the unveiling event and celebrated the launch of Tachirai Ale with a toast.

Nakayama expressed his hopes for the craft beer, saying, “A lot of people will become aware of the city’s quality agricultural products, and it will also convey the pride we have in our region.”

“I want to let everyone know the charm of our city through these beers that overflow from the hearts of so many people,” Kato said.

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