小暑 Xiaoshu (Minor Heat) 7 July 2018

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小暑 Xiaoshu (Minor Heat) is the eleventh solar term in the Chinese calendar. It marks the final month of summer. As the name suggests, it’s hot but not the hottest time of the year yet. The plum rains season is close to an end and droughts are coming. Due to the high temperature, strong sunshine and long days during this period, there is a custom of airing out clothes and other household belongings in the sun to prevent mold and insects. Jasmine flowers are used to perfume rooms. New rice is eaten as well as ricefield eels.

I just found out that Taiwanese brewers have released a line of beers inspired by the solar terms. The beer for “Minor Heat” is Jasmine Session Ale.

 

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