Epic Saturday and Awesome (Really) Monday


Saturday was a beautiful day here in the Kansai. It was  hot one to be sure with a breeze only showing up fashionably late in the afternoon. In the kick-ass event space of Grow Space Salt Valley Ashiharabashi (in Japanese) Beer Zen held an epic keg party just about going through eight kegs of premium craft beer from the U.S. west coast.  It was great fun working the kegs and talking to so many people who make the craft beer scene in Kansai such a warm and inviting crowd.

We then adjourned to another craft beer bar, TNT (just Facebook site for now), where the size is more intimate  and the brew selection is even better.  Discussing life with friends there I made it home before long and spent Sunday recovering.

Monday, was supposed to be a day of car pooling and cleaning.  Nope. I met a friend out at Suma beach in western KOBE and we relaxed under his pavilion tent drinking a bit and swimming. The nearby Copenhagen Hot Dog shop was lunch; I always step in where the dogs are always awesome and the owner is friendly.

Now onto a week of festivals and driving. Looking forward to next Monday though.  May the force be with us.

Long Slow Summer


It’s been a slow few weeks here. I haven’t had much chance to get out to some of my favorite craft beer places in Osaka or Kobe. I haven’t even been able to get much at the local stores. The local Aeon is seems to be slowly getting rid of their craft beer and import section. A few places nearby surprise on occasion though with some Brew Dog and Speckled Hen. Even Japanese craft beers are hard to come by in my neck of the woods.

There was a bright spot though recently. I was in Perth, Australia on business and had a local Feral Brewing Company Hop Hop IPA. They describe it as an American IPA and I believe they are right. It wasn’t as hoppy as some of the big West-coast IPAs of the past few years and I kind of like that. Sometimes those IPAs can be a bit off balance but the Hop Hog seemed just right. It went down well with my plate of fish and chips all the same.

Before my brief trip ended I went looking for more to bring back. I couldn’t get the Hop Hog but I did find Feral’s Belgian White. I’m looking forward to drinking them with some fellow Craft beer lovers soon once everyone I know gets back from vacation. I may have said this before—if not, then I’m saying it here—drinking with friends is so much better than drinking alone. It makes the beer taste so much better.

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