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Uncommon, Distinctive Japanese Beers? (merged threads)

Old Sep 14, 2007, 8:16 am
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Originally Posted by Tokyorich
Forget it. They have a huge winding staircase.
I can usually manage a staircase or two. The place in Ryogoku would have been gruelling to get to, but not impossible. Managing a staircase when you're at a destination feels less daunting than dealing with them at a station and then having to continue the journey.

The difference is psychological, but it is there. Especially when trying to convince someone else to do all the hard work for you. I'm going to feel far less guilty asking MrLapLap to help me get to a restaurant in Shinagawa in order to eat a very dubious menu item I'm curious about because of some remarks relating to popular culture than with his hauling me over to Ryogoku for same (which I probably wouldn't have done at all).

The Outback I knew about was the one near the MacDonalds and the Wing shopping centre on the West side of Shinagawa Station. Even with the link, I didn't realise there was a second one in Konan, so that's useful.

But thanks very much for your concern. And I do appreciate having another choice.

I've actually noticed a great deal of improvement in the past week, so I'm walking around a bit now. But just a bit. I'm a bit loathe to announce this as I was walking around fine a few months ago... unfortunately, that didn't last

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I'm not a steakhouse visitor - so I've only just found out that you can get bloomin' onions in London. But they are ¥1,600 over here! I7m getting my butt down to that basement in Shinagawa and trying one there (¥950 seemed a bit pricey, but not anymore!)

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Old Sep 25, 2007, 5:15 am
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Just to the South of Tokyo Station

Takara - http://r.gnavi.co.jp/fl/en/g107805/index.htm

Tokyo International Forum B1 Concourse, 3-5-1 Marunouchi,

An Izakaya that serves Japanese micro brews along with sake and shochu

Some of the beers available are shown here (in Japanese)

There's a mention of it in the following article: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-b...0070921rs.html which warns you to focus your attention on the drinks here rather than the food.

As the Tokyo International Forum is a stopping point for many visitors (it is a beautiful building) this should be a convenient place for a glass or two.

Print out this coupon for a complimentary glass of Nihon shu
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Old Feb 8, 2008, 3:03 am
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Real Ale festival 10th Feb (and list of 'craft' pubs)

Here's the link showing where you can get tickets from
http://www.tokyorealale.org/pc/ticketlist.php

I'll copy and paste the list of outlets as this gives a good indication of where you can get micro brews and the like

PHP Code:
Name    Address/Phone    Open hours    Days closed
Hokkaido
Sapporo
    Beer Inn Mugishutei    Yoshiya Bldg B1 South9 West5 Chuo
-ku Sapporo   011-512-4774  19:00-27:00
Tokyo
Chuo
-ku    
    Towers    Matsuoka Yaesu Bldg 1F
2-8-10 Yaesu Chuo-ku Tokyo 03-3272-8488   Mon Fri 17:30 23:00    Sat Sun Hol
Minato
-ku    
    Bois Cereste    2
-13-21 Akasaka Minato-ku 03-3588-6292 18:00-23:00    SunHol
Setagaya
-ku    
    Beer Bar Ushitora    2
-9-3 Kitazawa Setagaya Tokyo 03-3485-9090 17:00-04:00    1st,3rd,Tue
    Ji
-Beer House Kura-Kura    2-20-19 Kitazawa Setagaya-ku Tokyo 03-5433-2323 Mon Fri 17:00 23:30Sat,Sun,Hol 16:00 23:30    MonNext day of hol
Sumida
-ku     
    Beer Club Popeye    2
-18-7 Ryogoku Sumida-ku Tokyo 03-3633-2120 17:00-23:30    Sun
Shibuya
-ku    
    Inishmore    1F
/B1F3-14-7 Ebisu Shibuya-ku Tokyo 03-5791-3824 18:00-30:00    
    The Aldgate    Shin
-Iwasaki Bldg 3F30-4 Udagawa-cho Shibuya-ku Tokyo 03-3462-2983 Mon Sat 18:00 26:00Sun,Hol 17:00 26:00    
Shinjuku
-ku    
    La Cachette    Sankei No22 Bldg 3F 1
-10 Kagurazaka Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 03-3513-0823 Sun-Thu 17:00-26:00Fri 17:00-27:00    Irregular
Toshima
-ku    
    vivo
BEER DINING BAR    Maruse BldgB1 1-4-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro Toshima-ku Tokyo 03-3987-1588 18:00-28:00    
    Ale House    ARC Bldg
B1 1-38-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro Toshima-ku Tokyo 03-3980-4845 Mon-Thu 18:00-25:00Fri-Sat 18:00-26:00    Sun,Irregular
Itabashi
-ku    
    Riverside    4
-15 Naka-Itabashi Itabashi-ku 03-5577-4199 18:00-24:00    Tue
Fuchu    Top
    Beer House Ken    2
-3-8 Miyamachi Fuchu Tokyo 042-369-7710 Mon-Sat 12:00-22:30Sun,Hol12:00-21:00    Wed
Kokubunji    
    Beer Cafe Gambrinus    3
-16-5 Minami-machi Kokubunji 042-325-0484 17:00-25:00    Sun, If Mon is hol Open SunClose Mon
Machida    
    COPA Machida    6
-11-7 Haramachida Machida Tokyo 042-709-5361 18:00-24:00    Mon
    Kuraya    910 Kisomachi Machida 042
-793-2176 9:30-21:30    Mon
Kanagawa
Kawasaki
    Irish Bar McCann
's    3-262-1 Koshugi-cho Nakahara-ku Kawasaki Kanagawa 044-711-1761 - 17:00-26:00    Sun
Yokohama    
    Irish Pub The Green Sheep    2-10-13 Minami Saiwai Nishi-ku Yokohama Kanagawa 045-321-0950 - Sun-Thu 17:30-02:00 . Fri,Sat,day before hol 17:30-05:00    
    European Beer House, Yokohama Cheers    3-32-14 Tsuruya-cho Kanagawa-ku Yokohama Kanagawa 045-311-7804 - Mon-Fri 16:00-24:00 Sat, Hol15:00-24:00    Sun
    Thrash Zone    2-19-8 2F Tsuruya-cho Kanagawa-ku Yokohama 045-514-9947 - 18:00-26:00    Sun
    Craft Beer Bar    Corpo Sunlife Ota-machi 102 2-31-3 Otamachi Naka-ku Yokohama 045-651-0440 - Tue-Fri 16:00-23:30 Sat,Sun,Hol 11:30-22:00    Mon
    King Pelican    1-11-12 Namamugi Tsurumi-ku Yokohama Kanagawa 045-503-1950 - 17:00-26:00    Sun,Hol
Osaka
Higashinari-ku
    Nagomi-ryouri Masamichi    1-1-15 Higashi-Obase Higashinari-ku Osaka - 06-6977-4466 - 18:00-23:00    Sun, Hol, Thu (Once a month)
Sakai    
    Craft Beer Dining
eni-bru    2-71 B1 Nakamozu-cho Kita-ku Sakai - 072-255-8317 - 17:30-25:00   Sun 

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Old May 9, 2008, 8:47 am
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What is your favorite Japanese beer? And can you tell us the main difference you find between Japanese beers and European beers?
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Old May 9, 2008, 9:01 am
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Originally Posted by AdaQuonsett
What is your favorite Japanese beer? And can you tell us the main difference you find between Japanese beers and European beers?
I can say that the Kirin Beer on Draft at the Sakura Lounge at NRT is "lip-smacking good!"

As for differences, I would only assume that the European beer has more hops and hairy legs!

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Old May 10, 2008, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by AdaQuonsett
What is your favorite Japanese beer? And can you tell us the main difference you find between Japanese beers and European beers?
Do you mean between European-European beers and Japanese-Japanese beers or between European-Japanese beers and Japanese-Japanese beers?

i.e.
Kirin is brewed in Europe for European consumption - it's different from the Kirin brewed in Japan.
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and do you actually mean beer, or are you refering to lager?
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I am a sucker for gentei (limited time) beers. If there is one I like, I may not be able to get it again.
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2 cents

Always liked Yona Yona ale. The downside only served at certain pubs in Tokyo. For more massed produced beers, Yebisu was always a good choice.

A site that might provide some good info is:
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/breweri...tory-0-105.htm
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Old May 11, 2008, 4:54 pm
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Originally Posted by LapLap
Do you mean between European-European beers and Japanese-Japanese beers or between European-Japanese beers and Japanese-Japanese beers?

i.e.
Kirin is brewed in Europe for European consumption - it's different from the Kirin brewed in Japan.
Kirin is contract brewed in the US as well. It does taste better in Japan.

I like Sapporo better. There are some interesting Micro Brews I've tried, good, but usually lacks a little polish. I really dislike Asahi Super Dry. It's like the Bud of Japan.
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Sapporo Classic. Wonderful beer - it's the only beer I drink when I visit Hokkaido.

Originally Posted by motytrah
I really dislike Asahi Super Dry. It's like the Bud of Japan.
+1

And like Bud, it's everywhere. Although Super Dry is waaay better than the "King of Beers."
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Old May 14, 2008, 12:33 pm
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Yebisu!!

Rich taste and clean finish. Yum yum yum. I've drank three types: Original (gold label), Black (black label) and The Hops (green label). I think there's a nod here to Johnnie Walker...

Compared to most Euro beers (Heinie, Becks, Carls, etc), I like the finish better. Yebisu dun make me feel like I've been gorging myself on schnitzel for hours and hours (translation: Yebisu dun make me feel full).

They only recently began to re-import the Original Yebisu to the states; they stopped for the past 7 years!
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The new(ish) Kirin Stout is pretty nice but for the most part the mass produced beers are forgettable in Japan but, at least where I live, there isn't much choice.
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Drinkability

Personally I really enjoy Asahi Super Dry for it's drinkability.
My list:
1) Asahi Super Dry
2) Tie: Sapporo & Kirin Ichiban Shibori

Beers I avoid when I can but drink when that's what's on tap.
1) Yebisu
2) Malts

Frame of reference:
I don't like microbrews. I can drink "light" beers (color not kcal) all day. If I drink one or two amber brews I wind up with a headache before I even get in bed.
In the US I do Coors Light and Michelob Ultra for low calories/carbs so you can understand why I enjoy Asahi.

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Old Mar 17, 2010, 9:50 pm
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Uncommon, Distinctive Japanese Beers?

Any examples of uncommon beers that we could try while here in Japan? We are staying exclusively at Hyatt properties in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Kyoto, and Hakone, so are there any bars located close by to sample some distinctive (non-mainstream brands) microbrew styles?

Thanks!

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