In a land where the only Japanese beer that is commonly known is Sapporo, its nice to know that the Japanese are amazing at the darker beers and really are growing. Sarah Becan, creator of one of my favorite webcomics I Think You’re Sauceome, recently made a trip to Tokyo and documented some of the delicious beers she had while there.
As she says:
“I wasn’t really expecting to find a lot of beers in Tokyo, much less really good beers. To be fair, most places seemed to have a number of shochu and nihonshu choices, and pretty much just one “nama” or draft beer, which was something light like Asahi. But beer is a growing industry in Japan, and Niles’s brother knew a bunch of great little beer places for us to try. It wasn’t cheap, but it was good stuff.”
The Swan Lake Porter and Iwatekura Oyster Stout in particular sound amazing.
Sarah has a book titled SHUTEYE: SIX TALES OF DREAMS AND DREAMERS that is currently available for pre-order at a reduced price. Go purchase it from the Shortpants Press store.