The Next Phase of Craft Beer in Japan: Al-Kee-Hol


If you thought the only Japanese beers were Asahi, Kirin and Sapporo, think again.

In this episode of Al-Kee-Hol, host Yuka Uchida explores the booming business of craft beer in Tokyo, Japan. From passion fruit-infused lagers to unfiltered hand-pumped black ales to microbrews served in a refurbished shipping container, Yuka and her pal Ogi sample enough beer to earn the title of beer otaku (beer nerds)!

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Brewed in Japan: The Evolution of the Japanese Beer Industry

Spanning the earliest attempts to brew beer to the recent popularity of local craft brews, Brewed in Japan presents the first English-language exploration of beer’s steady rise to become the “beverage of the masses.”

The author Alexander underscores the highly receptive nature of Japanese consumers, who adopted and domesticated beer in just a few generations, despite its entirely foreign origins. He also sheds light on the various social, cultural, and financial influences that combined to make beer Japan’s leading alcoholic beverage by the 1960s.

Japan’s beer market is now among the most complex on earth, and it continues to evolve.

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Craft Beer in Japan: The Essential Guide

  • The first English-language guide to Japanese craft beer.
  • Information on 219 present and forthcoming Japanese breweries.
  • Completely independent, in-depth analysis of 104 Japanese craft breweries and their beers.
  • Listing and evaluation of 136 brewpubs, bars, tap rooms, and stores where one can drink or purchase Japanese craft beer.
  • 50 pages of essays on the development of and culture surrounding beer in Japan.
  • Guide to Japanese craft beer festivals.

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