“Grain in Ear”Orange, Mango & Guava (OMG) Fruit Ale
“Mang-Jong,” also called “Grain in Ear,” is the time in mid-summer when barley and wheat are mature and ready to be harvested. In Taiwan, Mang-Jong is also the time when tropical fruits are ripe and become available on the markets.
We feel the best way to celebrate Mang-Jong is brewing a beer using Taiwanese’s most beloved fruit cocktail juice – Orange, Mango, and Guava. Needless to say, this beer is a sweet and tart fruit bomb, and will make you want to cry out “Thank you, Jesus!”
“Spring Thunder ” Taiwan Lemon Saison
“Jingzhe” means “Spring Thunder” or “Awakening insects” and is the solar term reaching the mid-spring. During this time, warm weather and frequent thunderstorm wake up the hibernated inspects; animals and plants also begin to grow and get ready to blossom. This is the most lively time of the year.
To welcome our sleepy insect friends return to our world, we brew a very special sour farmhouse saison with locally-grown lemons that then go through double fermentation with Belgian yeast and our very own wild yeast “Tien-Long” (meaning “Sky Dragon”). Spring Thunder is a complex sour farmhouse saison full of lemon, passion fruit, and citrusy flavors, and finishes with clean, dry and fruity aftertaste just like a fine champagne. Welcome back, little critters!
“The End of Heat ” American Pale Lager
“Chushu” means “the end of heat” and is the solar team marking the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Chinese called this period “Autumn Tiger” to describe the furious heat wave people often experience during this time.
“Chushu” is not your typical boring tasteless lager. It is first hopped with Columbus, Cascade, and Mosaic, and then we patiently wait for the lager yeast to do their magic during the extended period of cold fermentation and lagering. The result is a clean, crisp and refreshing beer with citrus, tropical fruit aroma and flavors. Get this beer in hand and you are now ready to fight the tiger.
“Major Cold” Coffee Stout
“Dahan” means “Major Cold” is the last solar term of the year and can be the coldest time of the year in some regions. However, Major Cold also marks the end of the winter and the beginning of the upcoming Chinese New Year!
To celebrate this time of the year, we brew a very special stout with dark roasted malts and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee, one of the world’s most prestigious coffee. This mind-blowing stout is full-bodied and full of flavors of roasted nuts, coffee (surprise!), dark chocolate, lightly-burnt caramel, and a hidden note of bright fruity acidity from Yirgacheffe coffee. Enjoy this beer and don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for surviving another harsh winter and tough year.
“White Dew” New Taiwan IPA
“Bai-Lu” is the time in the mid-autumn. The temperature begins to drop sharply after midnight and crystal “white dew” can often be seen in the morning. In Taiwan, it is probably the time of the year with the most comfortable and mild weather.
“White Dew” is our take on the popular New England style IPA with a local twist. Brewed with locally-grown wheat and tangerines, this juicy session IPA is hazy, citrusy, and super drinkable. Who says all fall beer must be malty, hoppy and with high ABV? This refreshing beer will help to keep your summer spirit alive until the first snowflake drops from the sky.
“Mid Spring” Taiwan Plum Ale
“Chunfen” means “Mid Spring” and marks the midway point of the spring and is the growing season for many animals and plants on the planet, including plums that have been used for making plum wine in Asia for centuries. We, as brewers, feel it is our responsibility to make a great beer with this beautiful gift from Mother Earth.
To brew Chunfen Taiwan Plum Ale, we blend wart with plum wine made with locally-grown green plums and ferment it with champagne yeast to create a sparkling wine- like ale. This beer is refreshing and full of fruity and perfumy plum aroma and flavors, and represents what a perfect spring should taste like.
“Grain Full” Winter Melon Ale
Xiaoman (means “Grain Full”) marks the beginning of the growing season of crops. While watching their crops grow, farmers send their prayers to God for a rich harvest.
In our experimental “Grain Full” beer, we use the local Taiwanese ingredient “winter melon sugar” to replace the Belgian candi sugar used in most traditional Belgian beer. The unique caramel, toffee, bubble gum, ripen fruit and floral flavors of winter melon sugar match perfectly with the mild spicy and peppery notes of Belgian Pale Ale. This beer not only quenches thirst, but also brings back many people’s childhood memory (remember the smell of the candy shop you always went with your parents or grandparents?)
“Grain Rain” Taiwan Tea Ale
“Guyu” (Taiwan Tea Ale) means “Grain Rain” and is the period in spring when the precipitation becomes abundant and superior quality teas are being harvested.
Guyu is a Belgian Pale Ale brewed with local oolong tea grown at high attitude. The distinctive flavor from oolong tea blends harmonically with the fruity flavor of our house Belgian yeast.
Can you taste love and hope in this beer?
“Start of Autumn” Taiwan Tea Ale 2
“Liqiu” means the beginning of the autumn. Liqui is an English pale ale brewed with locally- grown White Tip Oolong tea (also called “Oriental Beauty.”)
Oriental Beauty is a very unique terroir-based tea variety that must be bitten by tea green leafhoppers to release its unique dried fruit and honey flavors, which blend perfectly with the rich fruity and malty flavors in English pale ale.
“Start of Winter” Taiwan Tea Ale 3
“Lidong” marks the beginning of the winter and also the end of all agricultural activities. Lidong is a Belgian Dubbel brewed with local premium Tieguanyin Oolong tea (Tieguanyin literally means “Iron Goddess of Mercy”).
The caramel and raisin flavor of Belgian Dubbel plus the dried fruit and light honey nose from Tieguanyin will certainly light up your winter.
“Rain Water” Taiwan Tea Ale 4
“Yushui” means “Rain Water” and marks the beginning of the spring. During this time, farmers pray for having more rain for the upcoming harvest season.
“Rain Water” is the fourth installation of our infamous tea beer series. In this beer, we combine the Scotch ale with locally-grown “Golden Daylily Oolong tea” to create an elegant ale full of malty, buttery and milk aroma and flavors (the mild milk flavor comes from the Golden Daylily Oolong tea). We guarantee that from drinking this beer, you will feel less depressed during Taiwan’s wet and humid raining season.
“Start of Summer” American Pale Ale
“Lixia” means the beginning of summer and is probably the most comfortable and lively time of the year. During this time crops are growing fast, while bugs, livestock and humans are becoming more active. Kids are also getting ready for the summer break.
“Lixia” was the first American Pale Ale we ever brewed. To celebrate this gorgeous season of the year, we use Centennial, Simcoe, and Citra hops to create a refreshing APA that is full of lychee, grapefruit, and passion fruit flavors. It is our impression of the breezy summer of Taiwan and we are very sure you will enjoy it.
“Summer Solstice” American Taiwan Wheat Beer
“Xiazhi” means summer solstice and is the day with longest period of daylight. Well, it is HOT outside, we need a working AC and a wheat beer!
Our “Summer Solstice” is a refreshing wheat beer with Cascade and Citra hops and locally-grown wheat. This medium-light bodied beer is full of tropical and citrusy flavor and will definitely be your best companion to get through the sweaty summer.
“Minor Heat” Jasmine Session Ale
Xiaoshu means “Minor Heat” marking the midway point of the summer, and that means we are only a few weeks away from the hottest time of the year – “Major Heat.”
“Minor Heat” is the mellow cousin of our “Major Heat” Jasmine IPA, with lower ABV %, IBU and lighter body. Like his cousin, “Minor Heat” is full of grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors from American hops, accompanied with the distinct jasmine flavors from jasmine flowers grown in Changhua, Taiwan. Grab a few bottles of both “Minor Heat” and “Major Heat” and also check your AC (and make sure it works), you are now ready for the summer.
“Major Heat” Jasmine IPA
Dashu” means “Great Heat,” is the hottest time of the year, and it also marks the official end of the summer. This complex yet highly drinkable IPA is a classic American Indian Pale Ale brewed with Columbus, Centennial, Citra hops, and jasmine flowers grown in Changhua, Taiwan.
Take a sip and your taste buds will be immersed in the bold flavors of grapefruit, pine, and mango, while jasmine flowers add another layer of elegant floral nose. Bye-bye summer, we surely will miss you.
“Minor Snow” Taiwan Weizenbock
Xiaoxue (meaning “minor snow”) is the second solar term of winter. Minor Snow marks the beginning of the winter, and having a classic pale Weizenbock in hand will definitely help you to survive the winter. This beer is our tribute to the legendary “Vitus” from Germany’s Weihenste- phaner brewery.
In our Minor Snow Weizenbock, a portion of locally-grown wheat is added to create the signature banana and clove flavors with a smooth and creamy body and a mild warming finishing sensation from the alcohol content. Please share this beer with your loved ones and stay warm.
“Minor Cold” Chocolate Stout
“Xiaohan” means “Minor Cold” and is the coldest time of the year. We think everyone should stay home and warm with their loved ones and have something smooth and sweet together during this time.
For our winter beer, we brew an English stout with dark-roasted malt and cocoa beans grown in Pingtung, Taiwan. In “Minor Cold,” you will find roasted, milk chocolate, coffee and caramel flavors balanced with its medium and silky body. We are pretty sure this tasty beer will get you through the winter.
“Clear And Bright” Rauchbier
“Clear And Bright” (pronounced “Ching-Ming”) is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture. During this period in spring, family gets together to do the“tomb sweeping” tradition to show their respects and remembrance on their deceased family members and ancestors and also to pray for the health and prosperity of the new generations.
In this very special beer, we add burned Taiwan Wormwood to create the signature smoke and malty flavors of German Rauchbier. In Chinese tradition, burned Wormwood means “reviving” and “protection” and we feel that’s the exact meaning of Ching-Ming. We wish you find peace and strength in this beer.