Drunken Ramblings #16: Aging Beers

Beer should be drunk fresh – or should it? It’s not only whisky or wine that can be aged, but beers too. But like whisky and wine, not all beers are created equal. We’ve been guilty ourselves of aging the wrong kind of beer, and we’d hate for you to make that mistake. Beer does come with a best before …

Source of Style #9 – Schwarzbier

Source of Style #9 – Schwarzbier

The ninth in our series of “Source of Styles” – as voted on by the Patrons – is schwarzbier, which translates to black beer, a style of beer that is synonymous with the early days of craft beer in Japan. Schwarzbiers are dark lagers that first originated in Germany in the middle ages and were one of the first styles …

Off The Beaten Track #6

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BeerTengoku’s 5th Anniversary Best Beers

It’s been a very quick five years since the inception of BeerTengoku – the story has been told numerous times about how the site came about: a drunken conversation about the lack of regular coverage of Japanese craft beer in an American craft beer bar. Since then, we’ve grown so much – 2,000 articles that started off with beers, before …

BeerTengoku Podcast S3E4: Podcast Outlaws

A WILD PODCAST APPEARS! Joe’s been off the booze this week, but fortunately Rob’s been drinking enough to send a medium-sized family of chimps on a dream holiday to Tenerife. A quickfire bombardment of questions ensues! We talk about bars in Kamakura and Nagoya, why there are no damn beer flights in bars in Japan, and then take a quick …

Drunken Ramblings #15: Storing Beer

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Here at BeerTengoku Towers, like many other craft beer drinkers, we like to store our beers in our fridges, if there is space, or under the house – a nice small cellar that most Japanese houses have. The former is probably the easiest though with the amount in our collection, there is more beer than food in the fridge at …

Shibuya Drinking Guide

Shibuya Drinking Guide

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Craft Beer & Chips in Kanto

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For those that have been following and reading BeerTengoku for a while now, know that we LOVE our chips. Wedges, crinkle cut, steak cut, shoestring, roast – there are so many ways that the versatile potato can be served up in the form of something that has been cut and fried in oil. Then there comes dips – mayonnaise, BBQ …

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 …