Thursday, February 1, 2007

Milk beer?

From To Be Asian

The innovative minds of the Japanese has created Bilk, which is a type of beer that is made from milk. The idea first came up when dairy firms threw out a huge amount of surplus milk in March last year.

The idea was developed from the son of a manager of a liquor store in Nakashibetsu.

Since milk has a low boiling point, the brewery took care to control the temperature during the boiling process so the milk wouldn't boil over. After they put beer yeast and hops into the drink and began the fermentation process, the beverage looked and smelled like tea with milk. However, when fermentation was complete and the drink cooled down, it had the same color as beer.

Since one-third of the drink is milk, the drink has been viewed as a good way to use up milk in the town. The drink got the thumbs-up from 30-year-old resident Kaori Takahashi, who took part in a tasting session.

"It's got a fruity taste, so it will probably go well with sweets as well," she said.

Each 330 ml bottle costs 380 yen. For the time being sales will be restricted to Nakashibetsu, with six liquor stores selling the drink. (Mainichi )

We won't be able to see or taste 'Bilk' anytime soon as it's only going on sell in Hokkaido, but the future of this innovative drink looks bright!

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