I’m sitting in the Cricketers , the best English pubs in Takarazuka, saying goodbye to a friend, the young English bartender. Hopefully he’ll be back in a few months. While I’m here, there is a nice new beer from Kyoto Brewing Company: the Kinpatsu no Futago, or, Blond Twins. It’s an interesting blond ale with a sweet malt finish leap-frogged by slightly citrusy hops.
But I’m not here just to see my friend and drink a beer from Kyoto’s up-and-coming craft brewery. I’m writing about tomorrow’s launch party for Beer Zen‘s Summer issue. I should be writing about that. The party looks like it will be great fun. I’ve been to many of the previous parties especially since I started writing beer related recipes for a year or so. It will also be the second anniversary of the magazine’s publication. The recipe I have in this issue is a beer vinegrette dressing. Please, check it out. Besides there being some IPAs on tap, I don’t know specifics on what will be available. I just know I’m really looking forward to it. That being said, I will follow this up Sunday.