Not a Root Beer Float


Because I felt like it. Yesterday I bought a Guinness Extra Stout not sure what is so extra about it. Tasted about the same as their regular stout. I then bought a small tub (single-serve) of vanilla ice cream. Made myself a stout float. That was an interesting bit of dessert. I’d say once the vanilla ice cream melted into the Guinness, the flavors blended well together and it went down almost like a chocolate shake. A chocolate shake it wasn’t. Nor was it a root beer float. Not really sweet at all.

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Cold Weather Beers (and Spirits)


What are your favorite beers, and spirits to drink on a cold, wet day in February? Do you like spicy IPAs? Boozy Belgians? A Baltic Porter, perhaps? Or is hot, spiced wine or rum your thing?

Whatever it is, drink responsibly in the cold winter. And take a deep breath between mouthfuls to appreciate the beverage experience—Mindfulness.

no beers, no tears


No beers for a few days. Just some high balls. Feeling a bit F. Scott Fitzgerald-y. No? Right. I did have a good Chu-hai (highball with Shochu) flavored like bergamot.

And this evening (after work?) I added some tonic water to mead. That was refreshing.

Night out in Kobe


It was a night of craft beer and other spirits. The spirit was giving. More specifically, while I had some phenomenal craft brew, I joined Party Kobe Water 4 Life. By donating ¥1000, I got a stamp card good for a shot at nine bars mostly in the Sannomiya area of Kobe. I started off at Midnight with Rogue’ Hazelutely Choctabulous and Baird’s Mikan Ale along with a few other samples.

Along with a good friend, we proceeded to seven more bars and had our shots. It was great walk around, trading stories, and seeing other friends I have missed for a long time–being only a minute or two between each establishment. Loved most of the shots except one which we dubbed ‘the wet rabbit’ for its bouquet. That is not important in the big picture as it was all for a good cause, helping to bring clean water to poor communities in Africa.

Happy (Belated?) Australia Day


Or whatever you want to call it. So what am I going to do? Possibly go drink some beer from New Zealand. And shots. There is a charity aspect to it all as well.

Just a Quick Update and Link


Issue #19, the release of which was celebrated at Boku To Inu last night, is here. If you can’t find it at a bar or restaurant near you (probably true if you’re not in Japan) then check the link. Enjoy! I wrote the article on Beer Mindfulness.

Beer Zen Release Party


Now that was a great party. There were some beautiful beers and, though Boku to Inu is small, it felt more intimate than cramped. The Onidensetsu WIPA was hoppy but not overly so. I enjoyed Isekadoya’s Uramura Oyster Stout over everything else. Maybe I was just in a dark Beer mood.

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