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Three Cheers for Sakura Beer!

Alcohol Beer Cherry Blossoms

Like many of Japan’s unique food and beverage flavors, this beer is available for a limited time. But with spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your hands on Sankt Gallen's special brew—the Sankt Gallen Sakura. This 5 percent alcohol beer is made with the flowers of the leaves of the yaezakura variety of cherry blossom tree, which are also used in a variety of Japanese teas and confections. Each 2,340-liter (618 gallon) batch of the beer is produced with 60 kilograms (132 lbs) of sakura assistance grown in Nagano Prefecture.

The beer is produced with a mix of malted barley and wheat, and ordinarily hop-loving Sankt Gallen goes a bit easier than it usually does on the bitter flavoring for its cherry blossom beer, which has an IBU (International Bitterness Units) value of 17.

Sankt Gallen Sakura is priced at ¥463 (US$3.85) a bottle and goes on sale at Japanese grocery stores and liquor shops between February 25 and early April.

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