St. Gallen will introduce Pineapple Ale, a fruit beer made with 600 kg of golden pineapple, which will be available at select stores and at the official online store from April 22 to the end of September. Each bottle contains 330 ml and is priced at 506 yen (including tax).
Sankt Garren Pineapple Ale
Golden pineapples grown on Del Monte's managed farms and hand-cut at the Yokohama factory are used as ingredients. The line is mainly hand-cut to avoid stressing the fruit, and is touted as being characterized by no loss of juice or aroma.
Approximately 600 kg were used per batch and put into the wort (bakju) before the beer was fermented. The fruit and the sugar in the wort are fermented together to create a juicy pineapple flavor right down to the foam.
The base beer is a Brut IPA style. It is a relatively new beer style inspired by Brut (dry) Champagne, and is considered to be very dry and light in bitterness with a strong hop flavor. The richness of the malt has been deliberately reduced to accentuate the floral hop flavor and juicy pineapple character.
In Japan, the use of fruit in beer is limited to 5% of the malt content. This beer is labeled as "happoshu" because it contains 30% malt content of fruit. Since the malt content is high, the actual tax rate is the same as for beer.