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…

Chocolate Beers

It will soon be Valentine’s Day, so it’s about time for our female readers to search out some special chocolaty treats for the significant others in their lives—is it only in Japan where this is a day for women-to-man giving only? A bit chauvinist, no? And don’t get me started about giri-choko! But whether it’s…