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 […]

This Bud’s Not For Me

Last year Americans bought more craft beer than they did Budweiser. In the 1970s there were only forty-four breweries in the United States, but now there are over three thousand. The market for “macro” lager is on the decline and the companies that make it are looking at craft beer as a way to turn […]

The Many Faces of the Moon and Yo-Ho Brewing

Yo-Ho Brewing is at it again. Just a few weeks after their Lawson convenience store collaboration Boku Biiru Kimi Biiru they have released Getsumen-gaho (月面画報). This one is a collaboration with Amazon.co.jp,and is available only from the online retailer in eight or  twenty-four packs. The eight cans is a shade under 3,000 yen while the […]

Beer for Me and Beer for You

Yesterday Yo-Ho Brewing and Lawson launched their new special collaboration beer, a saison called 僕ビール君ビール (boku biiru kimi biiru) which is translated on the can as For You and Me Beer. It is available nationwide, and more importantly, it has an adorable frog on the can and it tastes great. Yo-Ho has long been one […]

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 […]