Founded in Scotland in 2007, BrewDog Brewery has brought an outlandish punk sensibility to the world of craft beer. Their beers have held (often briefly) the title of “world’s strongest beer” several times, and their marketing has been loud, in your face, and borrowed trouble with the authorities in the UK. Lately they have been […]

Session India Pale Ale

This summer seems set to be the season of the Session India Pale Ale as craft breweries around the world are introducing  this new take on a venerable style. As you might recall from my style guide, an India Pale Ale is a style of beer with strong hop flavors and aromas that originated in […]

Beer Gardens

Like much of the drinking culture of Japan, Beer Gardens originated in Germany. In order to keep their lager beers at a proper fermentation temperature over the summer, Bavarian breweries dug large cellars and planted trees over them to shade the ground. When the law changed to allow the breweries to sell their beer directly […]

…so Many Drops to Drink.

The spring Keyaki beer bonanza has finished, but the memories of great friends and excellent beer will last. I came into the  festival with a long list of beers and breweries to acquaint myself with. My friends and I made a serious dent in that list, doing a lot of hands on research into the […]