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27th November 2020


2020 has undoubtedly been an incredibly tempestuous year for the food, drink and hospitality industries. Thornbridge, however, are not to be deterred in their plight to bring innovative and beautifully balanced beer to the people. Thornbridge have been working away with legendary ramen restaurant Tonkotsu over the past few months to create something very exciting.

The teams at Thornbridge and Tonkotsu have been working closely together over the past few months to bring their collaboration beer to life. They are thrilled to introduce Mikan Shimoda, a brand-new pale ale brewed to perfectly complement Tonkotsu ramen.

Both brands endeavour to create incredible and beautifully balanced produce. Thornbridge strive to create beer which innovates and delights in equal measure while Tonkotsu puts heart and soul into every bowl of wonder that leaves their kitchens.

The collaboration, named Mikan Shimoda, after the type of mandarin which inspired the beer, is a 3.8% pale ale, beautifully light and fresh with a tantalizing sweet orange aroma. On the palate expect a crisp, citrusy character that will complement your favourite ramen perfectly.

Emma Reynolds, Tonkotsu Co-Founder Says:

“We’ve been talking to Thornbridge for a year about this project and the beer lives up to the wait! It’s a fresh and delicious beer which goes perfectly with our ramen and we can’t wait to get it on the menu. The team at Thornbridge have been incredible to work with and I look forward to making many more beers with them.”

Simon Webster, Thornbridge Co-Founder and Owner says:

“We’re delighted to be working together with Tonkotsu, particularly at such a difficult time for our industries. They truly are a fantastic restaurant which very much shares our ethos and values. We believe we’ve created an incredible beer which will complement the stunning food created by Tonkotsu and we really hope you enjoy it.” 

Mikan Shimoda will be available in all Tonkotsu restaurants as well as online at


Notes to Editors:

Tonkotsu is a group of ramen restaurants, with twelve in London and one in Selfridges Birmingham. They serve ramen with fresh, homemade noodles alongside gyoza and chicken karaage.

Thornbridge Brewery. One of the leaders in the UK Craft Beer scene. We have been brewing the finest quality beer with a passion since our humble beginnings in 2005. We recognise that not only quality but consistency and innovation are key to creating amazing and beautifully balanced beer. Consistently pushing boundaries whilst respecting the important traditions of ‘Crafting’ beer helps us to create an award winning range of beers loved by our customers all over the World. With over 350 Industry recognised awards we are proud to be part of such an exciting Craft Beer scene.

Press release from Thornbridge Brewery

For further Information:

Rebekah Wadham
Marketing Manager  01629 815999