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Soapbox Article 10: Paying More for Less

Craftsman Yokohama Beer 3

“What would you like to drink?” An often posed question that, if you’re like me, is often a difficult choice. Do you go for the same beer that you had last time and know is good, or do you try something new on the menu? Perhaps there is more than one beer you want to try but you not fully …

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Cheap Craft Beer Bars in Tokyo

Tokyo isn’t known for being a cheap place for eating or drinking but if you look hard enough, or follow BeerTengoku, then you may have come across some craft beer bars that are cheap and are worth visiting. The only problem though is that there may be hidden costs or disadvantages: table charges, tax not included, or smoking throughout. In …

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Soapbox Article 9: Getting Someone into Craft Beer

Getting Someone into Craft Beer

How would you go about introducing someone to craft beer? Say you had a friend – I know a few of you do – who exclusively drinks the big four beers. You see them at barbecues and they’d be drinking the ubiquitous Kirin Tanrei (you know, the “いいんだよ!グリーンだよ!” (Iindayo! Green dayo!) beer). They seem curious about your stubborn insistence to …

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Soapbox Article 8: Craft(y) Beers

Perhaps you’ve seen them in your local convenience store. Maybe you’ve been in a supermarket looking for something to drink and they’ve caught your eye. Quite possibly, you’ve gone to your friend’s house and they’ve offered you one as they know you like craft beer and your friend wants to get in. They look like craft beers, maybe enough to …

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Soapbox Article 7: List Those Ingredients

Soapbox Ingredients

Many of you read BeerTengoku whilst drinking a beer or few, perhaps in your local or on the train home. I know that when I’m writing a beer review, I’m often drinking the beer I’m reviewing at the time, or a second beer that is being used to keep the writing mind lubricated and flowing. But put that beer down …

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Soapbox Article 6: Choice of Craft Beer

Craft beer choice

It’s starting to happen. Go to your local craft beer bar or restaurant and look at the menu. Does it look familiar? How about the place you went to last week or the week before? Are any of the choices the same to what you had before? Didn’t you have that same beer you’re drinking now as you read this …

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Soapbox Article 5: Mysterious Charges

After being fed up with poor servings of craft beer and prices, another rant has reared its ugly head – table charges and other mysterious prices. Now, I know that drinking beer in bars is more expensive than drinking at home – impulse-buying of special bottles, tabs to settle and such- and I don’t mind paying a thousand yen a …

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Soapbox Article 4: Craft Beer Servings

One thing that gets us riled up here at BeerTengoku is a badly poured pint. In this article, Rob explains why British people get annoyed about it so much- and why you should too. Now, we know some of you don’t care how their beer is served, just throw it in a glass cold and fast, and down it goes. …

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Soapbox Article 3: Beer Awards

(Quick notice: Most of this article was written before the World Beer Awards for countries was released on 12th August) Congratulations to all those breweries that won awards at the World Beer Awards in 2015. Japanese breweries were represented by Minoh Beer, who scooped awards for the Minoh Beer Stout and the Minoh Pale Ale, Tazawako with the Tazawako Beer …

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Soapbox Article 2: Beer Labels and Buzzwords

Parts of this article appeared in my review for K’s Brewing Brewmaster Blonde Dry Ale. The reason I’m writing this soapbox article stems from the bloody awful label on an otherwise fine blonde ale. I’m going to go into my reaction to the label (which was pretty adverse), and why the brewery may have chosen to go with such a …