The Japanese have a lot of quirky ideas when it comes to food. After all they are the folks who brought us raw fish rolled up in rice and seaweed, fermented soybeans that take on a slime called natto, and dried fish mixed with almonds known as natori. Good eating all. But, now the fine folks in the Pacific have brought to us here in the states one of their heretofore lesser known culinary concoctions: frozen beer.
Ingenious inventors at the Japanese beer behemoth Kirin have come up with a way to freeze beer foam and dispense it on top of a glass of beer. The foam is frozen to 23 degrees and is dispensed like soft serve ice cream. When the frozen foam is placed on top of unfrozen beer it acts like an insulator and keeps the beer below it colder longer – up to 30 minutes longer.
But, if you want to get a pint of this new and interesting way to serve beer, you will have to journey to Walt Disney World’s Epcot. The Japanese pavilion of the World Showcase there is the only place in North America where the alcoholic treat is available. In Japan the treat is available in over 650 locations and has become wildly popular. Honolulu, Hawaii also has a few of the machines used to make the frozen foam.
In a press release, Bob Miller, dining operations for Mitsukoshi USA says, “The guests were apprehensive, but very curious. But once they try it, they often come back for another and bring their friends – it definitely makes the beer colder and keeps it colder longer, which is a good think in the Florida sunshine.”
In Epcot, the frozen beer sells for $8 and is available at Kabuki Cafe and Tokyo Dining.