At last count there were more than 450 different brands of craft beer on sale in Japan and that figure continues to rise every month. Even the most ardent beer-lover probably doesn’t have time to try them all during a trip to Japan. Here I present my personal Top 5 – five delicious, refreshing beers to get you started on your Japanese craft beer journey.
So, what’s hot (no pun intended) this summer, as far as beer gardens in the Kansai region go? This year sees the return of a few old favourites as well as the emergence of a number of new contenders to the crown.
For in truth, the traditional Japanese izakaya is neither a bar nor a restaurant, but perhaps best described as somewhere in-between.
Sometimes its something as basic as a cup of coffee brewed just the way they like it. Other times it can be simple food items, and sometimes it can be something much more complex. So join me today as we look at the top 5 items that you can only get in Japan, and the Japanese themselves can’t live without.