Beer Roundup (Spring 2017)

Welcome back from hibernation. How was your winter? Did you dream of warmer weather, hanami and beer gardens? Shake off your grogginess and get ready for the great outdoors. Spring is a beautiful season in Japan and, as a beer lover, you’re usually doubly treated. Over the slower winter season, many brewers have more time…

Beer Roundup (Winter 2017)

We hope you spent the autumn season in good health and good spirits. After all the autumn beer festivals, your liver isn’t hanging on like the last leaf on a tree in winter is it? Please, drink responsibly. This could mean everyday, just not Oktoberfest amounts of it. That is our public service announcement. Now,…

Beer Roundup (Autumn 2016)

A Death in the Family Oda Ryoji, a pioneering figure of Japan’s craft beer movement, passed away on August 15th after a long battle with illness. He was most widely known as the founder and chairman of the Japan Craft Beer Association (JCBA; later renamed the Craft Beer Association), which oversees beer taster and beer…

Beer Roundup (Summer 2016)

Summer is the season of travel–at least that seems to be the tradition in Japan (and many other countries). Oh yeah, and also the season of copious alcohol consumption. We think all seasons are good for imbibing, but we can’t argue with consumer data. So what happens when you cross travel and beer? No, we…

Beer Roundup (Spring 2016)

Spring is the most beautiful season in Japan. It’s hard to argue otherwise. Sure, if you’re a winter sports fan, you may be mourning the melting snows, but with the warmer weather and longer days, it just seems like more opportunities are created for enjoying the outdoors. Which means enjoying beer outdoors. Isn’t it great…