Japan’s Abashiri Brewery does colored beer…the right way?

The Abashiri Brewery in Japan makes blue red and green beer and they do it right!

For most people brightly colored beer is a novelty reserved for certain holidays or sporting championships, but the Abashiri Brewery in Hokkaido, Japan takes it very seriously. For instance, to brew their Ohotsk Blue Draft they don’t just toss in a little blue food coloring, they use seaweed grown locally to create the bright blue hue, and as if that weren’t cool enough, the beer is brewed using water from melted ice floats that annually pass by the northern beaches of Hokkaido. American beer commercials use icebergs all the time, but they damn sure don’t make their beer out of ’em! Bud Ice? P’shaw!

If you have issues with the color blue, Abashi also offers a red beer made with anthocyans, a naturally occurring ingredient, and a green beer which is fermented with seaweed to get its verde on. (I won’t even mention “bilk,” Abashiri’s drink concoction that blends beer and milk. I’ve heard of mixing beer and milfs before, but milk?)

Oh, and Abashiri, if you’re reading this I would be happy to try a sample of your hue brew and write up a review! I’ll need a keg of each to make sure I get it right…

Click on photos to zoom in. You can almost taste it!

High quality green beer made by the Abashiri Brewery of JapanHigh quality Ohotsk Blue Draft beer made by the Abashiri Brewery of Japan

The Abashiri Brewery where the hued brew is brewedHigh quality red beer made by the Abashiri Brewery of Japan
Photos: BARM/Fame Pictures
The Abashiri Brewery of Japan offers a wide array of wacky beersThe Abashiri Brewery of Japan offers a wide array of wacky beers

And here’s a youtube review, I guess. I have no idea what this guy is saying, but I think I agree completely! It’s worth it just to see the brew poured into a glass.

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  • I thought soy milk sounded disgusting, but bilk pushed me right over the edge.

  • But, what if they send you a keg of that blue beer and it tastes like squid?

    Seriously, interesting article. I would try each and every one of these beers (except maybe the milk one you mentioned).

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  • Mike

    Never heard of beer and milk? I guess you’re just not, nor have ever been, deep in beer culture. Guinness is commonly drank in ireland (and many of them in the US) mixed with milk.

    But colored beer? NFW. I prefer my beer done by german purity laws, or the equivalent.

  • A “right way” to make blue and green beer? Maybe a “less wrong” way…but that’s as far as I’ll go….