Craft Beer

19 12 2013

There is a new (or maybe not so new and I just didn’t notice it) trend in Tokyo for seeking “craft beers”.  We are a big beer drinking country in general and we have great beers produced by big breweries but there are also microbreweries that have been popping up since the law for manufacturing beer was relaxed in 1994.

I went to a meeting in Hiroo the other day and came across this craft beer.

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I had the “white” beer but there was also “red” available.

The ale had a somewhat milky golden color and smelled very good.  And it tasted like no other beer.  The alcohol percentage is high like Chimay but it felt much lighter with a mild carbonation and a very pleasantly sweet aroma and taste (though not as sweet as a Belgian fruit beer).

Kagua explained here.  And this Japanese craft beer is actually brewed in Belgium…!

Where I had it.

Where I had it.

Tengenji Cafe

Here is a comprehensive and interesting journal of craft beers in Japan.


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20 12 2013
Haruko-chan

I feel very proud of our Belgian beer tradition. Belgians are usually not very proud of their country (we don’t have a sense of national pride). I think that’s a shame because there are many things to be proud of, many of which are culinary things by the way ^_^

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21 12 2013
Ayako Mathies

Belgium is great for eating!! I found Belgian cuisine to be like a sophisticated and lighter version of French when I was in Brussels. Too bad we don’t really have Belgian restaurants in Tokyo. All we have is lots of Belgian beer bars with not great food and the beers are on the expensive side.

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21 12 2013
Haruko-chan

You are totally right. It’s a bit like French cuisine, but better :-p I guess the fact that we don’t export our food is also due to our lack of national pride. I think we don’t realize how great our food and local products are, and therefore it doesn’t occur to us to build a business around it abroad either. ざんねんですね。

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21 12 2013
Ayako Mathies

Perhaps you could start a business to export everything Belgian! 😀

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22 12 2013
Haruko-chan

What a wonderful dream! Maybe someday… 🙂

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