Australian and Japanese brewers collaborate on new beer

11 September, 2019 by Andy Young

Asahi Premium Beverages has launched a new, easy drinking, lower carb, low bitterness beer, which is a collaboration between two brewers from Australia and Japan.

Two Suns is made in Australia with 100 per cent Australian malt and wheat, using precise Japanese brewing techniques and has been created by Geoff Day from Australia and Yosuke Tajika from Japan (pictured above).

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“Two Suns has a unique flavour profile of low bitterness with a subtle malt aroma and character. It’s distinctive crisp taste and dry finish makes for a really nice easy drinking refreshment. It truly is the result of marrying the best of two very passionate brewers that are excited to show off what’s best about our home countries,” Day said.

The easy drinking beer category now makes up 31 per cent of the total beer category and is continuing to grow, with forecasts expecting it to overtake classic beer in the next 12 months.

“Until now, there has been an absence of premium options for consumers to choose from in this category,” said Scott Hadley, Chief Commercial Officer at Asahi Premium Beverages.

“We identified that gap and are proud to welcome Two Suns to the Asahi Premium Beverages portfolio. This is our very first entry into the easy drinking beer category and we’re heavily invested to ensure this is our biggest and most exciting NPD launch to date.”

Asahi Premium Beverage has invested over $5M in its biggest ever NPD launch to roll out from September. This includes a significant outdoor media campaign, consumer and trade launch parties, a brand ambassador program as well as digital and social media executions. The investment also includes on-premise venue takeovers, sampling programs and a ‘gold standard’ retail launch.

Two Suns will be available on tap at select venues and in pack from September.