As weird as it sounds, you can buy matcha beer in Japan!
I think the combination makes sense because both beer and matcha have a bitter flavor component, plus a layer of foam on top.
I’ve haven’t tried it myself, but from what I know, there’s a a company called Kinshachi Beer that sells it.
Since I can’t buy it unless I go to Japan, I decided to make my own matcha beer and see how it tastes.
I prepared myself by looking at many recipes in Japanese websites. I’ll show you how I did in my first attempt.
What you’ll need
Dissolving the matcha is easier in warm water, so I first poured 20 ml (2/3 oz) of warm water into the glass.
Then I added 2/3 teaspoon (2 scoops with the chashaku) of matcha, and mixed thoroughly with the spoon.
Then it’s time to add the beer. Since you already added warm water, it’s important that the beer is cold.
Now you can mix again, and you’ll find that the matcha beer froths easily. It looks creamy!
Time to drink beer
The taste is good, you can definitely feel the green tea in this cocktail. I thought it would be very bitter, but it really has about the same bitterness of a normal beer.
The problem I had was that it wasn’t that easy to dissolve the matcha with the spoon. Next time I’ll whisk it in a matcha bowl instead.
Finally, I’ve included a short video of a Japanese barman making a matcha beer:
If you try the recipe, tell me if you liked the matcha beer or not in the comments 🙂
September 11, 2013
The color looks great! It might be a very good way to take matcha, if only I could drink alcohol.Maybe I’ll try this recipe with alcohol-free beer… ：）
September 17, 2013
This is an awesome idea. I would think matcha powder (or even powdered sencha) would work well with just the cold beer alone. Like cold-brewing tea only…uh…beered
September 20, 2013
I’ve heard of matcha beer before but never seen a recipe. I’m going to try this tonight..
October 1, 2013
Amazing! I love matcha and I love finding new things to put it in, and let’s face it who doesn’t like beer. Perfect combo!