Have you ever heard of yuzu fruit? I hadn’t. But, it seems it’s a Japanese citrus fruit, similar in flavor to a grapefruit. Why should you or I care? Well, last Saturday I went to my favorite bar/comic book store combination – The Geek Easy to play board games and drink beer (because what better way is there to spend a Saturday?) When I got to the The Geek Easy I did what I always do. I searched through their coolers to find anything I hadn’t had before. The first think I stumbled on was Fugli by Oskar Blues.
I know what ugli fruit is, but yuzu was certainly new. The beer was refreshing, the games were fun, and the company couldn’t have been better. Great day.
On the way home I picked up the new Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12 pack. On Sunday I had some friends over for a Corgi party.
We tapped into the Beer Camp 12 pack and guess what we found?
Yup. A beer brewed with Yuzu. I laughed, enjoyed the beer and watched the corgis play for a while. It was a good day.
Then, on Friday, I hit the company bar (yes, my company has a bar, and I have the best employers in the world). Someone had freshly stocked it with a mixed 12 pack of Sam Adams. Guess what I see right up in the front of the refrigerator?
I’ve seen trends start quickly in the alcohol industry (hard root beer, sour beers, etc.). But, this is ridiculous. To come across three beers in one week that have yuzu… somebody had a meeting somewhere to which I was, obviously, not invited. Why the sudden fascination with yuzu? Was there a brewers party somewhere that it was served? I really want to know.