Garrett Oliver on Pizza and Beer

Just as awareness of Japan’s diverse food styles grows around the world, so too is Japan familiarizing itself with regional varieties of the world’s staples, especially pizza. Several years ago, we wrote a three-part series about Japan’s emerging pizza and craft beer scene. As we noted, Pizzakaya concentrates on California pizza, Devilcraft on Chicago-style pizza,…

Japan Craft Beer Sales Trends for 2018

(photo: Ise Kadoya brewery) According to surveys undertaken by Tokyo Shoko Research, sales of beer by major craft breweries in the first eight months of 2018 rose by 1.0% compared to the same period a year before. This was based upon the figures of 77 breweries that reported (out of more than 300 in Japan).…

SSBB Festival

Sour beers have become an exalted category of the craft beer world. It’s easy to understand why. They are complex and yet somehow refreshing and easy to drink. Their uniqueness gives them enduring appeal. Japan is only recently discovering the pleasures of sour beer, as importers increasingly bring them in and domestic craft brewers, too,…

Cash from Beer

. Atsugi Beer is celebrated among beer geeks for its bold, flavorful creations and its old but charming taproom that many have made the pilgrimage to in the small town of Atsugi, Kanagawa. Its long-time brewer, Mochizuki, is also very friendly and part of the place’s appeal. Atsugi Beer is not very well known outside…

Kyushu Oktoberfest in Mojiko

Mojiko Retro Beer in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka is hosting the Kyushu Oktoberfest by its scenic facilities this coming October 5th to 8th with other regional breweries. According to the organizers, it’s the first of its kind in Japan to try to faithfully recreate the spirit of the original in Munich. There are many Oktoberfests across Japan,…