Beer of the Week: Brooklyn Brewery – Oishi

Inspired by Sorachi Ace (7.6% alcohol), this session beer is the first beer from Brooklyn Brewery’s The Worshipful Company of Brewers program. The program gives the company’s brewers the opportunity to brew customized beers in small batches. About 40 barrels of each style are available at Brooklyn’s brew house. Tom Villa, who has been brewing with the company since 1998, is the first brewer to be featured in the program. Visit Brooklyn Brewery’s brew house and try some before it runs out!

BK Brew House

Brooklyn Oishi (3.9% alcohol): “Oishi” or “delicious” in Japanese pours a cloudy golden yellow with a white head. Subtle citrus – mostly lemon zest – and Sorachi Ace hops create a refreshing aroma. Overall, this beer tasted like a pilsner with hints of wheat and citrus. A subtle bitterness and a peppery bite are also noticeable in the background. The flavor is simple enough for all beer drinkers, yet complex at the same time to satisfy even the biggest beer snobs. Oishi is highly flavorful and drinkable.

I didn’t realize that Oishi was part of a brewing program and almost avoided trying this beer because of the low ABV. Glad I didn’t pass this one up!

I’m excited to see what other great beers will be produced by the Worshipful Company of Brewers program. Guess I’ll be visiting Brooklyn Brewery very soon! Cheers.


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