Beer Styles: Belgian Blond / Golden Ale

There is a broad range of golden-colored beers made in Belgium (and copied all over the world), which includes a variety of style names or appellations that can be confusing at first glance. We see Trappist Singles, Abbey Tripels, Saisons and Strong Golden Ales. When we sample such beers, however, it is often quite difficult…

Rye Beers

Rye is a cereal grain that has been used in beer for centuries, though less so than barley or wheat. It is again getting popular in craft brewing around the world. Rye is closely related to barley, but grows better in poor soils, and can also withstand drought and freezing temperatures, making it an ideal…

Pumpkin (and Kabocha) Beer

In the US craft beer world, autumn is the time for not only Oktoberfest beers, but also pumpkin beers. And now this trend has come to Japan—so much so that this October, even Suntory jumped into the act with its Craft Select: The Pumpkin. Love them or hate them—and most beer lovers have a definite…

India Pale Ale (IPA)

I have been avoiding this one for while. I mean, what is an IPA, really? We all know the story: in the early 19th century, India was a British colony, so there were lots of British soldiers, bureaucrats, and businessmen there. They all wanted to drink beer, but beer wasn’t made in India, so it…