Tow Yard announces Black Japanese Malt Liquor collaboration with the Tap Brewing Company

Tow Yard announces Black Japanese Malt Liquor collaboration with the Tap Brewing Company

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By Adam T. Schick for Indiana On Tap

The latest brewery collaboration may be the weirdest so far. 

The Tap Brewing Company out of Bloomington and Indianapolis’ Tow Yard Brewing Company have come together to brew what they call a Black Japanese Malt Liquor, dubbed Beatbox Samurai. Head Tow Yard Brewer Tony Flemming says to expect a “malt liquor with a twist.”

“We used over 300 pounds of rice in various forms (flaked rice, black rice, and brown rice syrup) to give it the Japanese part of the style… We then made the beer black by adding a couple different debittered roasted malts. So the end product will be black in color, but won’t have a lot of the expected roasty characteristic to go along with the color.” 

Since the beer will be a malt liquor, you can expect a higher ABV. Flemming expects it to come in around 7% ABV when it’s ready to tap in about a month and a half. 

Beatbox Samurai will be available on draft at Tow Yard and the Tap’s Bloomington and Indianapolis locations both. They will also package a limited supply in 40oz bottles.


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