Some Offbeat Unsubtle Refreshments

I raised the pale, cloudy beer to my lips, ready to try something new. The beer was a Berliner Weisse. Most of Germany’s famous brews hail from Bavaria in the south, but this beer was once the most popular alcoholic drink in Prussia. As the heavily carbonated wheat beer hit my tongue my lips puckered […]

Hand Pumping Real Ale

One thing the craft boom has given us beer drinkers is diversity, both of styles and methods. One option that is showing up more often around the world is “real ale.” What is real ale? How can a beer be more real than another beer? An ale is a beer fermented with ale yeast, a […]

The Soul of Wit

In anticipation of summer my compatriots and I decided to brew a Belgian Wit  beer. With their light body and refreshing spicy flavors, witbier are perfect afternoon patio beers. We brewed last Saturday, doing a mini-mash with extract. This means that we “mashed” about half the grains, steeping them in hot water to break down […]

Conbini Showdown!

In a perfect world there would always be a delicious craft beer close at hand. We don’t (yet) live in that world, especially in Japan. A friend and I did a blind taste test of Japanese macro-beers, to help in those moments when your only option is whatever is on sale at the local convenience […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]