It’s sad but a good friend is leaving. He has been in Japan for nearly a decade and he has, along with his family, decided it is time to move on, take a new path in life. He was the friend who got me interested in home brewing. We made a few good brews together, and enjoyed drinking quite a few together.
Last Sunday the local home brewers got together at a popular beach in Kobe with a 20 liter keg of American Pale ale we had made a month before. We set up in the shade of trees in a park nearby. Besides the keg, there were a few other home brews and craft brews on hand.
The APA was a malty brew with just the right amount of hops. Even in the summer heat it was good. It wasn’t crisp and refreshing but it was something I would, could, come back to anytime of the year. The beer was only in the keg for a week so it is still quite green. I hope I can get another taste soon for comparison.
There was a hefeweizen on hand, as well, which was nice for the season but had a bit of a banana flavor that seemed wrong; it seemed just a little too much.
In the end it it was a good day even if we had to say goodbye. The beach was a nice place to do it, though.
Hopefully, in a year or so, I’ll be heading over to England with fellow brewers and/or family to see this good friend. There will definitely be a local beer tour somewhere in there.