The story of Japanese drinking culture is a tale of two countries, and a story of both night and day. The rising sun shines upon a diligent nation of survivalists holding cultural tradition in the highest regard. By day, the country’s citizens are fixated on projecting a proper outward image that communicates their hard-working, upstanding... View Article
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Full Pints - Travel Features May 1, 2010 - Bryan Harrell
It was July of 2000 and Bryan and Sayuri Baird had just finished completing their new Fishmarket Taproom across the street from the port in Numazu, Japan. They had already applied for a brewing license for their startup, Baird Brewing Co. While the taproom offered Hoegaarden White, Guinness and several other beers, the Bairds were... View Article
Beer Enthusiast - Full Pints Popeye's Will Never Be the Same May 1, 2005 - Fred Eckhardt
Carrying my beer and chocolate dog and pony show to Tokyo presented quite a challenge. First, there was an entirely different set of brews in Japan and the available chocolates were not necessarily those with which I was familiar. Moreover, the Japanese don't have quite the depth of interest in either chocolate or the varieties... View Article
Full Pints - Travel Features November 1, 2000 - Wayne Gabel
In a country where you can buy beer from vending machines, it's seldom difficult to find a cold brew when you want one. And if you're content with well-made, but fairly uniform mass-market lagers, you'll have no trouble quenching your thirst in Japan.