Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival, Spring 2015

This May the Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival returns to the Saitama Super Arena. One of the biggest beer festivals in the Kanto area, the Keyaki Beer Fest has had more beer and more crowds every year. This year they are dong something about it, and splitting the whole festival in to two different “Seasons.” Season […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier

A couple months ago, we featured a collaboration between BrewDog and Weihenstephaner. That beer, India Pale Weizen, seemed more representative of BrewDog’s style than that of Weihenstephaner, so it seems only fair that we should feature a beer from the latter. While the brewery is best known for its Hefeweissbier, I would like to introduce […]

Coors Vs. Craft

The other day my Mom came down the stairs with a bag of snacks and said something to the effect of “These kettle corn rice cakes are evil! You just can’t stop eating them!” This is of course the goal of snack food. It is developed to be something that you want to eat forever […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel

This week’s feature is another monastic beer, one which was chosen the best of its style three times in the World Beer Cup. Brewed in the oldest monastery in Bavaria, this week’s beer is Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel, a Munich dark lager with 4.7% abv. Located in Weltenburg on the Danube in Bavaria, Germany, Weltenburger […]

Dodging Cannonballs in Golden

In a single week back in the United States I have visited four breweries that did not exist when I left five years ago. In fact, none of them existed before 2013. And there are so many more just like these. The American Craft boom is real. Located just a few blocks from the immense […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Ruthless Rye IPA

This week’s beer is Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA. While we featured an IPA a couple months ago, the use of rye in this week’s beer gives us a chance to take a look at a relatively uncommon ingredient used in making beer to see what it has to bring to the table. The Sierra […]

Zakkoku Kobo Micro Brewery

A few days before I left Japan I had the great fortune to stop by the Zakkoku Kobo brewery in Saitama. A friend recently discovered this out of the way brewpub, and I knew I had to go while I had the chance. Located in Ogawa, Saitama Zakkoku Kobo may well be Japan’s smallest brewery, […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Asahi Stout

This week we’ve decided to go with something a little more recognizable, especially for those of you in Japan. Best known for its ubiquitous but fairly ordinary Super Dry, Asahi Breweries also produces a noteworthy stout. Asahi Stout is a very dark, strongly flavored, high-gravity ale with 8% abv. It’s available only in 334-ml bottles […]