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.

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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.

Tap List is Here!!


And here is the awesome tap list for tonight’s Beer Zen Party:

鬼の鼻息WIPA(Oni no Hanaiki WIPA/鬼伝説 Onidensetsu

浦村牡蠣スタウト(Uramura Oyster Stout/伊勢角屋

うるめ(Pumpkin Weizen)/Be Easy Brewing

Freshman/Brighton Bier

Hard Count IPA/Green Flash

Neko Nihiki/伊勢角屋

Also, I’ll have “Cards Against Humanity” with me so let’s have some great beer and great times.

Beer Zen Issue Release Party Today!


Still no tap list and I wanted to find the online version of this (#19) issue but couldn’t. Past issues can be viewed from the Best of Osaka site though.

I’ll link to issue #19 as soon as I can but if you can get a hard copy, please enjoy my article on Beer and Mindfulness. I explore a way to enjoy your craft beer through mindfulness practice. Maybe that sounds a bit pretentious. I’d just say it’s a bit alternative.

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