When cold beer isn't enough, now it's frozen

Japan's Kirin Brewery has launched its new beverage in LA. It says the slushie-topped brew stays frosty for 30 minutes.

By Bruce Kennedy Aug 26, 2013 3:07PM

Just in time for summer's last hurrah, or maybe the season's final set of heat waves, comes an answer to many a beer drinker's prayer: a really cold, frosty brew.

And when we say cold, we mean frozen. Japan's Kirin Brewery, a part of Kirin Holdings (KNBWF), has unleashed upon the world its latest invention, Kirin Ichiban Frozen Beer. The draft beer is served via what looks like a converted frozen margarita or slushie machine, and according to a company press release is "topped with a 23°F frozen beer foam that keeps the beer chilled for 30 minutes."

The frozen beer is currently available at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, as well as some "select restaurants and bars" elsewhere in the city. Kirin officials said they brought the beverage across the Pacific after it became a big hit in Japan. Employees pull frozen froth heads onto cups of Kirin draft beer for their

"After test-launches in Honolulu and Orlando and overwhelmingly positive feedback, Kirin Ichiban Frozen Beer is ready for a larger presence in the U.S.," Randy Higa, president of Kirin Brewery of America, burbled in the press release. "We couldn't think of a better place for this beer to make its California debut than sunny Los Angeles."

Along with La-La Land, Kirin also has plans to launch its frozen beer at locations in Honolulu, New York and at the Japan Pavilion of Walt Disney (DIS) World's Epcot theme park in Orlando, Fla.

But how does it taste? According to a review in the FoodBeast blog, frozen beer "doesn’t taste like much of anything really," although the frozen-yogurt-consistency of the foam did indeed keep the reviewer's beer chilled for a half hour, or a few innings, on a hot day at Dodger Stadium. And FoodBeast noted the 16-ounce beer slushies retailed "at the inflated you’re-stuck-at-a-sports-game price of $10, but may vary at other locations."

The Zagat restaurant rating guide also weighed in on the new Kirin product. "The foam is a lot stiffer than you'd expect," wrote reviewer Lesley Balla, "and the best way to get around it, we found, was to poke a hole in it, even if we still got foam on our nose."

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Aug 26, 2013 4:48PM
The only thing better than some frosty head is some free head. 
Aug 26, 2013 5:02PM
10 bucks for a beer.  don't think so.
Aug 26, 2013 3:53PM
I put a beer in a frozen mug back in the freezer for 45 to 60 min. each night for a beer slushie.  It is wonderful!
Aug 26, 2013 5:57PM
If my beer gets to warm...I just put it on my wife's shoulder...(rim shot) LOL
Aug 26, 2013 6:10PM
There really is no bad kind of beer.  Some are just better than others.
Aug 26, 2013 6:41PM

So, in addition to chemically induced brain freeze, I can also get temperature induced brain freeze? Cool, literally, lol. 

Now, turn away if you don't like rants...






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Anyone who continued to read, thank you for letting me rant - I do apologize for the length and tone. 

Aug 26, 2013 5:59PM

If you serve beer frozen, you're doing it wrong.

Aug 26, 2013 5:51PM
That sounds interesting, but not for the price.
Aug 26, 2013 7:20PM

Sometimes I put beer in the freezer to make it slushy.


Nothing wrong with the idea but the price, but $10 is normal for stadium and arena events in major cities. No one makes you buy overpriced items to pay for the overpriced overhead, so no one should gripe.

Aug 26, 2013 6:46PM

Give me the traditional American Lager beer.

Aug 26, 2013 6:42PM
I was at Dodger Stadium this season to watch the Dodgers take on the Yankees.  I can tell you the beer tastes like regular beer, but just stays cold longer with the frozen head, which eventually melts and becomes beer.  Also, $10 is the price set by Dodger Stadium.  You can get "premium" unfrozen beer at Dodger Stadium for $13.25.  So this frozen beer price might be a better deal for some people.
Aug 26, 2013 5:44PM
Aug 26, 2013 7:54PM

If it helps keep the beer cold--

Bring it on!

Aug 26, 2013 5:52PM
I dunno. It looks too much like ice cream on top of the beer.
Aug 26, 2013 6:09PM
Get those beers in now.. because, the tax on beer is soon to sky rocket.
Aug 26, 2013 7:35PM
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