Remembering a Night to Remember

As I talked about last week, I poured at a local beer festival this past Sunday. It was a fantastic experience, with live music, lots of beer, and plenty of great conversations about the beer! Japan has a lot of beer festivals, but any one city may only have one or two a year. (Tokyo […]

A Night To Remember

In Japan a trip to a beer festival can be a great way to both get your hands on hard to find beers and enjoy a day out with friends. Here in the States its easier to find good beer, but there is still plenty of appeal in having a large array of different brewers […]

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 […]

New Year’s Beer Festivals

For those looking to start 2015 off right there are a pair of Kanto area craft beer festivals coming up. The Japan Brewers Cup in Yokohama will be held on January 23rd, 24th and 25th and the Nippon Craft Beer Festival will be held in the Sumida area of Tokyo on February 7th and 8th. […]

BrewDog and Mikkeller in Harajuku

A friend in Tokyo recently let me know that on Saturday November 29th BrewDog and Mikkeller are meeting up in Harajuku for a two hour all you can drink event. All you can drink craft beer for 3,000 yen is a really good deal, especially in Tokyo. The event is being held at the Sad […]

Hula and Hefeweizen

As our little group walked down the rather dreary central shopping arcade we could hear strains of vaguely German sounding music coming from up ahead. There in a small corner park was the stage, covered in musicians¬† playing Studio Ghibli tunes to a beer swilling, sausage munching crowd. The Oktoberfest had come to Maebashi. I […]

Maebashi gets an Oktoberfest!

Happy October! Or should I say Happy Oktober? While Japan needs little excuse to have an Oktoberfest in May or June, the number of festivals only increases as Fall approaches. This year has seen the popularity of Oktoberfests¬† grow even more, with communities around Japan experiencing a surfeit of sausages, blue and white flags, and […]

Fall Keyaki Festival and Yo-Ho in the News

There is a lot to talk about today, so lets get to it! As always there was plenty of great beer and good food at the Fall Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival. This year there were a couple of things that negatively impacted the enjoyment of the biggest collection of craft beer in the North Kanto. […]

Fall Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival: 2014

The twice yearly Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival returns to Omiya in just a few days. This fall it runs from Friday the 19th to Tuesday the 23rd of September, a little extra since Tuesday is the Fall Equinox and a public holiday. This festival remains one of the best beer gatherings in Japan. There will […]

…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 […]