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. […]

Down at the Pub: Eating and Drinking at Izakaya

One constant in the drinking culture of Japan is the izakaya. Izakaya are the Japanese version of the “English Pub.” Serving drinks and food, many izakaya trade on a homy, nostalgic atmosphere with dim lighting, lots of wood and plenty of ice cold beer. Every community has plenty of choices ranging from the tiny hole […]

Hops Without Beer: Japan’s Green Shower

Japan is pretty well known for creating things with very unusual flavors. From Cucumber soda to mayonnaise and wasabi chips to fish ice cream to black garlic beer it sometimes seems that nothing is too weird for this country. So it wasn’t too shocking when hop flavored sparkling water appeared. Even though it isn’t beer, […]

Beer Gardens

Like much of the drinking culture of Japan, Beer Gardens originated in Germany. In order to keep their lager beers at a proper fermentation temperature over the summer, Bavarian breweries dug large cellars and planted trees over them to shade the ground. When the law changed to allow the breweries to sell their beer directly […]