Pear Weizen beer made from damaged pears in Japan. Photo credit: Japan Today

Weather affects crops worldwide

In case you missed it, the hurricane season came in with a bang. Hurricane names are now wending their way through the Greek alphabet, which is what happens when there are so many in a season that they run out of English alphabet names to give them.

There are several stories of crops that have been destroyed, which can be a waste of potential food. However, a new trend in Japan’s craft beer industry could hold the start of an answer, at least for now.

Pear Weizen beer is one craft brewer’s solution to a bad situation. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. In this case, when life gave them bad pears, they made Pear Weizen.

Bad weather events seem to be on the rise recently, which has destroyed crops globally.

A derecho flattened this cornfield in Iowa, causing millions of dollars in damage and spoiled crops. Photo credit: Strange Sounds

This past August, millions of acres of crops were destroyed in the Midwest of the United States. Such force majeure events have seemingly become more common lately.

News media images and stories of crops being destroyed are hard to think about, not only for their effect on the farmers but also because of the effects on the consumers who rely on the food to feed their family.

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Apple pears damaged by weather in Japan are being used to make Pear Weizen beer.

A Unique Solution

In Japan, however, their nation’s oldest craft brewery has found a unique solution for combatting the issue of damaged crops that on the surface may appear to be unusable. Could this technique work for Shore Craft Beer breweries, too? Let’s take a more in-depth look.

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Sankt Gallen beer offerings from Japan’s oldest craft brewery; photo credit: Beer Tengoku

Poor weather conditions this past year in Japan led to the country’s oldest craft brewery, SanktGallen to try to utilize the damaged crops, which are not able to be sold at markets, so as to not waste them.

The brewery shared their process for using these damaged pears to create an end product that craft beer aficionados and newbies alike can savor. The Japan Today website indicates that SanktGallen bought 350 kilograms (approximately 770 pounds!) of pears to use in their Pear Weizen beer so that the product would not go to waste.

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First, the pears are cut and seeds are removed. Photo Credit: Japan Today

After the pears have been sliced, the pears are made into a puree. Later, they’re processed for their juice, which is then added to their beer recipe.

The result is Pear Weizen beer, which according to the website, has a 5.5% ABV and “is a very fruity beer with very minimal bitterness which captures the sweet aroma and fresh flavor of Japanese pears.”

It is sold in 330 mL glass bottles and has a cost of 460 yen, plus tax. In US dollars, that is about $4.39 plus tax. Maybe the Shore Craft Breweries can get in on this action? Only time will tell.

Jack Bradley
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Jack Bradley is a contributor to and and works as an Academic Counselor at Delaware Technical Community College. He assists students with academic advisement, teaches first year seminars, manages the food pantry, and serves as advisor for the Alpha Zeta Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the Community College Honor Society. An English major at the College of the Holy Cross, Jack has always loved to write and is grateful for the opportunity to be a contributor to this site. He received an an M.B.A. from Clark University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware. When he is not working or writing, he can be found out and about in Ocean City and surrounding towns, enjoying the amazing attractions they have to offer.

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