Source of Styles #8: American Amber Ales

The eighth in our series of “Source of Styles” – as decided by our Patreon supporters – looks at amber ales – an unusual style of beer in that there is no prescribed description of what an amber ale should be. It is a modern American craft beer style developed as a variation from American Pale Ales. With a name …

Drunken Ramblings #14: Tap Takeovers

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If you live in a major city in Japan, then no doubt you’ve got a few craft beer bars nearby for choice. However, if you live somewhere off the beaten track, then maybe you’ve not got much choice, unless you’re Joe who lives in an area of Japan that seems to be bucking this trend. Whatever your choice of beer …

BeerTengoku Podcast S3E3: Dank Nuggggzz

What a thrill! In this delightful dialectic you’ve deigned to download, we play the famous Victorian parlour game “Guess the Beer Label”, talk about bad bad beers, and in Clickbait Corner we try and desperately figure out if there is any possible way that macro beer isn’t evil. Well? This podcast isn’t going to play itself, you know! (Unless you’ve got autoplay …

BeerTengoku Podcast S3E2: Live From the Food Court

Imagine, if you will. Squatting, Gollum-like, in the middle of a table. Each of your buttocks supported by bottles of Imperial Stout. Japanese families, students and children alike, all around you. What are you doing? Get off our table. We’re trying to have a conversation. Headphones recommended for this one, to get the full BINAURAL EXPERIENCE. Support us on Patreon …

BeerTengoku Podcast S3E1: Contrarians

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Is it that time of year again? Yes! Thank you, Captain Rhetorical Question. We’re back at it, whatever “it” is. In this podcast we chat about the direction we’ll be taking the podcast (ooh meta), coolships (which reminds me, go and play Return of the Obra Dinn), Rob buying colossal amounts of Baird Beer, and the latest round of “Which …

Source of Styles #7 – Barley Wines

Barley wines. Some regard it as the “peak” of craft beer (personally I prefer imperial stouts) with its merging of flavours and the strong drink of choice for any beer geek. But it wasn’t always this way. For the British readers and fans of British beer, barley wine is a style associated with Whitbread’s Gold Label. Those gold cans sat …

Off The Beaten Track #5

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Craft Beer & Pizza in Kanto

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For a country that seems to love pizza, the combination of hand-tossed pizzas and craft beer though seems to be lacking. The artisanal craft of making dough from flour, yeast, and water is as old as making beer, with it’s malt, yeast, water, and hops. Yet in Japan, there are plenty of places that offer up handmade pizza – no, not …

Off the Beaten Track #4

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Looking for places to drink in Kyoto should be easy, right? We have our Kyoto Drinking Guide to help find some places for you – except not all of them are open from lunch or early afternoon. I was on a work trip – aka a school trip – for a few days, and I had one day spare to …