Buying Craft Beer in Japan

The difficulties of finding good craft beer in Japan is a topic I have often returned to on this blog. While the limits of the Japanese distribution system are a problem, there are ways to get your hands on the good stuff. It may take some extra money and a little dedication, but good craft […]

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 […]

…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 theĀ  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 […]