Mad Capper Reviews: Uerige Alt Unfiltered

This week’s beer is Uerige Alt Unfiltered, brewed by the Obergärige Hausbrauerei Uerige in Düsseldorf, Germany. The brewery, one of nine altbier brewpubs in the Rhineland capital, specializes in dark ales. Zum Uerige, the townhouse where brewing continues to this day, was purchased in 1862 by braumeister Wilhelm Cürten, also known as uerige Willem, or […]

Craft Beer Taps Tokyo

While I am plenty busy with my impending move back to America, the world of craft beer waits for no man. Coming soon is the second annual Tokyo Beer Week. There are going to be a ton of craft beer related events all over the capital between April 13th and 20th. Even before the official […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Shlenkerla Eiche

Our beer this week is Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from the Heller-Bräu Trum brewery, brewed in the Franconian town of Bamberg, Germany. Schlenkerla Eiche is a doppelbock made with rauchmalz, or “smoke malt,” which is kilned during the malting process over an oak wood fire. Schlenkerla Eiche is sold only during Christmastime and is exported in relatively […]

The Mad Capper Reviews: Tokyo Black

The highlight of this week’s review is Tokyo Black from the Yo-Ho Brewing Company located in the town of Karuizawa in the the mountainous prefecture of Nagano, Japan. Yo-Ho was established in 1996, shortly after an amendment to Japan’s liquor tax laws made possible the existence of smaller breweries. It is the largest craft brewer […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Samichlaus Classic

This week’s beer is a rather extraordinary number thanks to its relative rarity and former status as the strongest lager in the world at 14% ABV. It comes from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg in Vorchdorf, Austria and goes by the name Samichlaus―“Santa Claus” in Swiss German. It’s brewed once a year on December 6th, Saint Nicholas’ […]

Under the Cherry Blossoms

Every year the entire nation of Japan leaps for joy at the coming of the cherry blossom season. Cherry trees bloom for about two weeks in early spring and are a national obsession. News shows and travel companies offer trackers and updates so you can plan your hanami parties. The ideas behind hanami, which means […]