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The Worshipful Company of Brewers, Part I: “Oishi” by Tom Villa

“Oishi” by Tom Villa — a bright, refreshing, quenchable single-hop session ale — was tapped last night at a special gathering in the brewhouse packaging room (photo evidence below). The beer is now on tap in the Tasting Room. There are only about 40 kegs of Oishi, so enjoy it while you can!

Ladies, gentlemen and ale lovers hark! The Worshipful Company of Brewers is upon us. The charter of this sanctified league dictates that each member of the Brooklyn Brewery brewing team will design and create a batch of his/her own draft-only beer, to be served exclusively at the Brewery Tasting Room until the last drop has been squeezed from the taps, and each with the possibility of blooming into a fully distributed Brewmaster’s Reserve.

BEER #1: Oishi
Style: Single-hop Belgian-inspired session ale
ABV: 3.9%
Notes: Envisioned as a table version of the popular Sorachi Ace, Oishi means “delicious” in Japanese
Pairing: Oishi will pair excellently with sushi and curries
Available: Fri, March 23 until it’s gone!

BREWER #1: Tom Villa, Lead Brewer
Born: Hyde Park, NY
Started at Brooklyn Brewery: 1998
Favorite place to drink: The Diamond

Tom cradles a box of Sorachi Ace hops like a baby (he doesn’t know you’re not supposed to hold babies like that).

Tom used to get paid to stick fliers to telephone polls, now he makes a living hanging cellaring logs on fermenters.

Even though it’s only 3.9%, Tom “Mr. Responsible” Villa never samples Oishi before operating the forklift.

They say each sip of Oishi makes you more honorable and wise, but Tom says it just makes the voices go away.

  • Drew

    Thanks, Tom. I tasted Oishi late Friday after everyone I knew had already left. This made for a welcome, peaceful introduction to your brew. Congratulations on achieving so much flavor in a low abv beer, I could have made a real session out of it if it hadn’t gotten so late. Hopefully next time if it’s still available.

  • Chris Mcnally

    I want to brew Oishi this weekend. I’m going to do 50 two row 50 wheat. is that a good idea? hints please?

  • jsoishi

    Hi, I’m another Brooklyn Oishi. While I presume it is not named for me, I enjoyed it over at Barcade nonetheless. Thanks creating it!

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