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 …

Drunken Ramblings #15: Storing Beer

Aeon Liquors Jiyugaoka 2

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 …

Drunken Ramblings #14: Tap Takeovers

Tap Takeover Title

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 …

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 …

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Drunken Ramblings #12: Women & Beer

Women And Beer

Here at BeerTengoku, we believe in bringing people to drink together and talk over a few pints of craft beer. We may not agree with what makes craft beer, what constitutes a good beer, or even if a beer is any good or not. Yes, Joe and myself do make jokes at each other’s expense.  However, one thing that we …

Drunken Ramblings #11: Bottle Charges

How do you drink your beer? A silly question to ask but usually the answer would be either from a glass, or straight from the bottle or can. It doesn’t really matter sometimes how you drink your beer, though of course, if you want to really appreciate the aroma and taste of the beer, then glassware usually helps, as well …

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Craft Beer Happy Hour in Tokyo

Happy Hour Craft Beer

If you have read our article on Cheap Craft Beer Bars in Tokyo, then you may have wondered where the happy hour bars are. Well, not everyone can get to a bar when happy hour is on, though some people can. Tokyo isn’t known for being a cheap place for eating or drinking, but if you look hard enough, or …

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Drunken Ramblings #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

Cheap Craft Beer Bar 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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Drunken Ramblings #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 …