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Beer – #963 – Garage Project – Yuzukoshō

Garage Project – Yuzukoshō.  I received this and a get well card from the lovely people at Garage Project, which really brought a smile to another otherwise dull and tedious recuperation day. Garage Project really going out of their way to invent and produce new takes on beers, with things I’ve never heard of. Oh and it’s been far too many weeks since this arrived, and I’m better and I’m also thirsty, and I’ve been saving this for a proper night. That’s tonight

on the cusp of ripeness

This is a lovely 650ml bottle of a beer that is 4.3% ABV, which about 129 calories a serve size, this is 2.2 standard drinks of beer in NZ.

Brewed by Garage Project in the style that is best described as a Fruit Beer and they are in Wellington, New Zealand

In Japan, during the briefest of seasonal windows, green yuzu on the cusp of ripeness is combined with crushed green chilli and salt, then fermented to create a uniquely piquant seasoning.

Inspired by this tradition, Yuzukoshō is a kettle soured pilsner, brewed with green chilli, the fresh zest of locally grown green yuzu and a judicious dose of sea salt. The result is a beer that captures the essence of seasonal freshness, bursting with salty sour citrus, and delicate chilli heat. Oishi!

So, What could possibly go wrong?

The label on this is lovely, green foil logo, unpronounceable name, it’s all happening.

Aroma is like a sour beer, with an intriguing note of something unusual.

Pour is impossible pale yellow, and a lovely full couple of fingers head formed but settled away so  less, but still an attractive bright white film.

Aroma in the glass is very intriguing. That’s got to be the Citrus junos or yuzu, right, it’s defiantly a citrus note, unusual as.


It’s not sour, it’s a citrus explosion of things unusual and pleasing.

The taste though, Tangy, fruity. A Properly big taste explosion, a left field beer of note!

This is a beer that isn’t the easiest of drinking beers but is a beer that you drink from often to experience the whole range of the things going on, including that lemon citrus like zest, a hint only of a heat on the lips, and a lingering sense that you’ve had something incredibly thirst quenching.

They’ve managed a lot in a small bottle.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing.  Can’t say enough nice things about this as a drink, it’s a lot of nice things in a small bottle, and brings lots of smiles, taste highlights and things that pop forward unexpected. Outstanding.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? a gift from the nice people at Garage Project.
  • Am I enjoying it? I am loving it.
  • Would I have another? Yes, but I don’t know there’s much left in the world.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I would, this is outstanding as an unusual beer that just works and brings pleasure and enjoyment with it.

Music for this:  ”  Arcade Fire ” and ” Everything Now ”  on Spotify

Arcade Fire are a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec,


Any ale or lager made with fruit. See beer description for flavor. Body, color, hop character and strength vary depending on the type of fruit used.


2 comments on “Beer – #963 – Garage Project – Yuzukoshō

  1. Michael
    July 28, 2017

    Is a 650ml bottle now considered a “small bottle”?


    • Philip Walter
      July 28, 2017

      No, it’s the fancy pint-and-a-bit bottle that’s for sharing or really really enjoying. There are 750ml bottles, which is like wine bottle size then they double up and get silly 🙂


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