Three Weavers Brewing Company has announced the upcoming release of Komorebi, an international craft beer collaboration with Japan’s COEDO Brewing. Komorebi, a tart and tropical IPA, will debut at Three Weavers’ Inglewood, California, taproom on February 27 with distribution in Northern California and in Japan to follow. The collab will be available on draft and in 4-packs of 16oz cans.
COEDO brewer Yasuki Mizunuma traveled to California to conceptualize and brew Komorebi with Three Weavers’ Brewmaster Alexandra Nowell. Both brewers were excited for the opportunity to create something out-of-the-ordinary.
“They take a similar approach to ingredients as we do – they respect ingredients and how they’re used, and you can see the proper expression of those ingredients in the beer,” said Nowell. “Yasuki was excited to use these American hops that he doesn’t get to see on a daily basis. The hops are outstanding and it was really cool to see someone else as excited about them as I was.”
Three Weavers’ founder, Lynne Weaver, who is Japanese-American, commented that the two breweries share an aesthetic vision and that she was eager to work with COEDO. She explained that the Knot in the Three Weavers logo comes from traditional Japanese gift wrapping.
“It interlocks my American culture, my last name being Weaver, and my Japanese culture,” said Weaver. “Their beer is great, the quality is very high and we’re clicking on a lot of similar parallel lines.”
Komorebi is brewed with a blend of Citra, Strata and Galaxy hops at about 3 lbs per barrel. The recipe also includes hibiscus and lactobacillus, resulting in a hoppy, tart, bright IPA. Nowell referred to the approach of the beer’s recipe formulation as romantic comparing it to the Japanese language which he describes in the same manner. The beer was dubbed Komorebi, after the Japanese word for “the feeling you get when you see light filtering through leaves.”
Three Weavers says they are excited for the opportunity to extend their belief that It’s more than beer, it’s community across international boundaries, and to support Japanese craft beer culture, which has evolved rapidly since strict laws governing the brewing of beer were softened in 1994. Now, the craft beer scene in Japan is vibrant and growing, with traditional brewing styles mingling with distinctly Japanese ingredients and inspirations. COEDO belongs to Japanese Craft Beer, an organization including 23 Japanese craft breweries that encourages U.S. consumers to “drink in a new language.”
Try Komorebi starting February 27 at the Inglewood, California taproom release event, or look for it on shelves in Northern California and in Japan.
Three Weavers Brewing Company is an independent craft brewery with a mission to build a positive sense of community through the collective passion for craft beer. Founded by Lynne Weaver in 2013, Three Weavers is one of the largest independent craft breweries in Los Angeles County and currently expanding production and distribution on the West Coast. Led by award-winning Brewmaster, Alexandra Nowell, Three Weavers craft beers have received critical International acclaim, winning a World Beer Cup Gold Medal in 2016, a GABF Silver Medal in 2017, a European Beer Star Bronze in 2017, and the Australian International Beer Awards Best IPA and Champion International Beer in 2018. Three Weavers is proudly brewed in Inglewood, California.