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  This page presents information about the beer that won the Best of Show in July, 2008.

What is Yokozuna Beer?

 

In home brewing competitions, judging is performed in a number of categories, with each beer classified according to a particular style. Prizes are awarded for gold, silver, and bronze in each category. All the beers awarded a gold pass to a final round of judging to decide the best beer. Brewed in collaboration with Loco Beer, the Yokozuna Beer is recreated based on the original recipe of the winner of Best of Show.

What Style is it?

 

The 2008 winner was from the Belgian Specialty and Belgian Strong Ale Category; the style was Belgian Tripel. Each year, the likelihood of the winning beer being of a different style is very high, and there is no way of knowing beforehand which beer will be the Yokozuna. This is one of the fascinating features of the annual Yokozuna Beer.

What's the recipe?
 

The recipe for the original beer was scaled up to 500 liters. With minor modifications in consultation with the winner, we brewed the following recipe:

Batch Size
500 liter
Malt
Pilsener Malt (Weyermann)
120kg
Invert sugar syrup (25% water content)
30kg
Mash
First saccharification step
63 C
30 min.
Second saccharification step
65 C
30 min.
Third saccharification step
72 C
30 min.
Mash out
78 C
10 min.
Hop additions
Mount Hood (pellets) 5.2% alpha acid
1300 g
60 min.
Saaz (pellets) 1.9% alpha acid
1260 g
10 min.
Total boil time 90 min.
Yeast: White Labs WLP-500 Trappist Ale
Original gravity
1.077
Final gravity
1.011
Primary fermentation
14 days
Bottle conditioning
3 months
Brewing date
23 Dec 2008
Bottling date
31 Jan 2009
Where can we drink this beer?
 

Only limited amounts were released in kegs. Unfortunately, these were sold out by the beginning of May 2009.

Can we buy it?

Yes, bottles are on sale at 600 yen each from the Yukarigaoka Branch of ShimoR, where Loco beer is located.
Orders of a minimum of 3 bottles can be delivered by completing this order form.
You can order single bottles at Loco Beer Direct Shop (in Japanese).
If you have any questions, please contact Loco Beer:

Internet enquiries:Use this email form.
Telephone enquiries (in Japanese):043-487-6914 (10:00\17:00 week days)

Prices

For dispatch purposes, only the following sets can be purchased.
Product
Price (yen)
  Notes
Nenmatsu Tripel 3 bottle set
1,800
   
Nenmatsu Tripel 10 bottle set
6,000
   
Nenmatsu Tripel 30 bottle set
18,000
   

Postage cost (refrigerated) in yen

Orders will be sent by cool takkyubin home delivery service of Yamato Transport. A single combined package can be arranged for orders of less than 30 bottles total. For more than 30 bottles, two or more packages will need to be sent. Please contact Loco Beer if you have any uncertainties.
 
Hokkaido
North east
South east
Kanto
Shinetsu
Hokuriku
Chubu
Kansai
Chugoku
Shikoku
Kyushu
Okinawa
1-3 bottles
1,210
900
790
790
790
900
1,000
1,110
1,210
1,320
4-12 bottles
1,420
1,110
1,000
1,000
1,110
1,210
1,320
1,420
1,840
13-30 bottles
1,730
1,420
1,420
1,110
1,310
1,000
890
790
1,310
1,000
1,420
1,110
1,520
1,210
1,630
1,320
1,730
1,420
2,470
1,840

- Charges shown in blue text will be applied for customers ordering 13 bottles or more in May 2009.
- Orders of more than 30 bottles will be sent and charged as two separate packages.
- COD commission of 315 yen applies for orders of less than 10 bottles. For any order of 10 bottles or more, the COD commission is wived.

Payment method
Payment by bank transfer (Japan Net Bank) or COD can be used. In the case of bank transfer (furikomi) orders will not be dispatched until after the transfer has been confirmed.