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

Hyakuman Shoten

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Craft Beer & Pizza in Kanto

Craft Beer & Pizza Kanto

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

Kyodoai in Kyoto 1

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 …

Drunken Ramblings #13: Craft Beer Sizes

Soapbox - Craft Beer Sizes

Like most countries around the world, Japan is a bi-measurement country. Land is measured in metres squared, while room sizes are measured in tatami (85.5 cm wide and 179 cm long). Bottles of sake come in millilitres, yet are sold in choko or masu, with the latter having a volume of one gō (180ml). It can be rather confusing having …

Source of Styles #6 – Imperial Stouts

Imperial stouts – my personal favourite kind of beer. One that I know I can’t drink a lot of but I end up trying as many as I can when they’re on sale, and also end up drinking too much of. The colour, the aroma, the flavours, and the texture – such a happy marriage of them all together makes …

Kanda Drinking Guide

Kanda Walking Guide

The third in our series of curated drinking guides is the Kanda area of Tokyo, which is known for being the most densely popular craft beer area in Tokyo. There are 11 bars within a 5 minute radius of the Kanda station; however, that does include the small area of Awajicho to the west of the station. Behind Kannai (add …