Beer Story: Blossom Weizen
Our second beer in the list is Blossom Weizen. This beer is brewed to counter-balance the Red Truck Red Ale. While the Red Truck Red Ale represents boldly character of hops and caramel malt, Blossom Weizen gives way to mellow and refreshing touch of wheat malt and floral aroma from a special yeast strain.
Since Thailand is located in tropical zone, barley and wheat which belong to a cooler climate have not been grown. However, there is a rice research center in Samuang district (http://smg-rrc.ricethailand.go.th/) where wheat and barley are being grown and introduced to local farmers. We though that it would be interesting to use wheat from the research center in our beer. Thus, raw wheat strain “Fang-60” from the reach center has been used as a part of our recipe. While visiting the research center, we saw that the rice field there has such a beautiful scenery. Therefore, the scenic view from the research center is our first version of label and we call it “Chiang Mai Weizen”.
Chiang Mai Weizen has been well accepted among the locals and foreign visitors due to its easy drinking nature. The beer won a title “Country’s winner” in World Beer Award in 2017. One special attribute of Chiang Mai Weizen is its floral note from weizen yeast strain. To highlight this character, we change the name of the beer to be Blossom Weizen. The image in the label is the “Urng-kham orchid” (Dendrobium chrysotoxum) which is Chiang Mai’s indigenous flora. The background is the “Doi Luang Chiang Dao” – a majestic carbonate mountain where attracted thousands of visitor each year.