Part of the fun of brewing beer is doing it with other brewers. Aside from just being a good time, collaborative brewing is an opportunity to learn from each other and produce a final product that neither brewery would be able to produce on their own. We hope our 'Nakama' (or 'friendship') series show a different side of KBC and that you can find a little bit of each brewery in every batch.
The Pale Ale is in many ways the quintessential beer. It brings together everything that makes beer beer: hoppyness, dryness, maltyness. Even so, we tend to like our pale ales on the hoppy side, and depending on the season, our preferred pale ale changes. The Japanese phrase "kimagure" is used in restaurants in Japan to refer to when a chef comes up with a recipe on a given day, based upon the ingredients that he has, which are often seasonal, and his own personal preference or sense of what will work. With our 'Kimagure' (or 'on a whim') series, we try to find the perfect hoppy pale ale (light IPA!?) for every season.
Saison (or "season" in French) seems like the perfect beer for Japan, a country that culturally places great importance on observing the changing seasons. With our Shunkashuto (or "Four Seasons") series, we decided to make a different Saison for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter to suit the different times of year.