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 […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Dirtoir Black Lager

While the style of this week’s beer arguably originated some 3,000 years ago during the Iron Age in northern Bavaria, Germany, Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager is a variation on a variation, making it a very modern interpretation of a classic German schwarzbier (“black beer”). Rogue’s history started in 1988 with a brewery and 60-seat […]

DevilCraft: The Devil is in the Details

Tokyo has many great beer bars, but one that keeps drawing me back is DevilCraft. DevilCraft is the brainchild of three American beer lovers, John Chambers, Jason Koehler and Mike Grant. They opened the first location in Kanda in 2011, and followed it up with a roomier one in Hamamatsucho a couple of years later. […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Val-Dieu Brune

This week’s beer is Val-Dieu Brune, a Belgian dubbel from the Brasserie de l’Abbaye du Val-Dieu located in the town of Aubel in Liege Province, Belgium. The abbey was founded in 1216, and brewing began not long thereafter. While the abbey church was destroyed and rebuilt four times over the course of several hundred years, […]