Craft Beer Live 2018

It’s a bit late to forewarn you all but the yearly craft beer festival in Namba is happening today and tomorrow. Hope those heading there today enjoy themselves and for those heading over tomorrow, I hope to see you all.

ちょっと遅いけど、今日、明日 毎年の関西のクラフトビール (地ビール) がなんばHatchである。今日行く人、楽しんでね。明日行く人、楽しく一緒に飲もう!

Crafts Beer Live 2018


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.

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 Issue Party Tomorrow

I have been wanting to post sooner about the upcoming Beer Zen issue party once the Beer/tap List is known. It isn’t as of this writing. I’ll update later hopefully.

Beer Zen Issue Release Party

Florida Beers Continued

I’m here…more than a week. A jolly time was had by all for 2nd Christmas, but my sinuses are interfering. Only Green Bench Brewing Co.’s India Pale Ale has been enjoyed. I’ll have to get the rest to go. Funky Buddha will also be to go.

Beer Zen Instagram

BTW, I’m happy to be helping out with the Beer Zen Instagram account. Lots of fun!



Yet Another Long Stretch

So the story of my bottom line—in my wallet and my forty-year-old waist—has lead me to delay the latest post to this oh so prolific blog on Japanese craft beer.  I would like to say drinking less has made me feel healthier and happier.  But that would be a rather stretched to the limits truth. I have many good days of health and cutting down on high calorie drinks like full bodied beer has contributed to that. And drinking good, really good craft beer left frequently has me appreciating it even more when I do get time to sit and ponder the ways the aromas, flavored and textures interact and delight or disgust. 

I have been busy with other endeavors still related to craft beer. The wonderful Beer Zen magazine focusing on many craft beers in the Kansai region of Japan and other aspects of the craft beer scene has been where I’ve been doing some of my writing. It’s not much on my part, just a recipe each issue for the past few years. I enjoy the chance to explore where my creativity may develop and take me. I’m currently working on an article on craft beer importing into Japan. I hope it will be ready and published by the January 2017 issue. 

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