Japanese craft beer?

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  1. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

  2. MaxOhle

    MaxOhle Devotee (419) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois

    Try Kiuchi brewery for good Japanese craft beer!
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  3. jds8411

    jds8411 Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2008 California

  4. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (15,033) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    As everyone else has said, Kiuchi/Hitachino Nest brewery. I have not been disappointed by a single offering I've had thus far. Heard good things about Baird too, but haven't had any yet.
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  5. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Hello, Bairds...
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  6. cyrushire

    cyrushire Crusader (732) May 25, 2012 Florida
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    Eichigo and coedo makes some not entirely horrible beers.
  7. cyrushire

    cyrushire Crusader (732) May 25, 2012 Florida
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    ginga kogen is pretty decent too.
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  8. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Kagua sounds like its going to be pretty amazing. I can't wait untill its available in the states. Cork it into an amazing sushi bar such as nishinos ( as soon as I can make sure thats acceptable with washington state laws ofc).
  9. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Champion (835) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    Kiuchi does some fantastic beers. Their Hitachino Nest White Ale is out of this world. A personal favorite of mine is their Hitachino Nest XH.
  10. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Baird and Kiuchi are pretty good.

    Baird was started and is run by a white dude from the US who married a Japanese woman.
  11. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    Japan is starting to churn out some really good stuff, even if craft beer is just starting to emerge. I read this article last year and found it cool that the craft beer trend isn't relegated to the US only. Baird and Kiuchi get my nod as well, but only because Japanese distro isn't blowing up in my area....yet.
  12. beerthulhu

    beerthulhu Poo-Bah (3,700) Jan 14, 2008 New Jersey

    kiuchi is the most popular and good. yo - ho makes some good stuff too and is often overlooked. their barlewine was solid.
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  13. Irishize75

    Irishize75 Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2012 California

    Hitachino Nest White Ale was one of the first craft beers i ever had (well, along with Oberon), in the early 2000's. Awesome stuff!
  14. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (484) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Hitachino Red Rice Ale was strange. Not sure if I'd recommend that.
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  15. pj2577

    pj2577 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2007 Rhode Island

    Hitachino 3 day was definitely interesting. glad to believe this will be a one and done!
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  16. TheRealDBCooper

    TheRealDBCooper Aspirant (209) Mar 17, 2010 Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
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    I've been really impressed with Japanese craft beer. (Lots of sake makers are starting up.) They make a very high quality beer that I'm more than happy to drink.
  17. RockAZ

    RockAZ Disciple (371) Jan 6, 2009 Arizona
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    Sorachi Ace is excellent. Would like my local Asian restaurants to stock better beers.
  18. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Can't tell if serious.....
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  19. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (629) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    I've had a few decent Japanese beers but nothing mind blowing, yet...
  20. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    I'll say one thing about Japanese beer....it's better than Korean beer.
  21. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (629) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    Or drinking hot "33" like they do in Vietnam
  22. burgundysmoke

    burgundysmoke Initiate (145) Sep 11, 2012 California
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    what about Hyouko Yashiki? Kankiku?
  23. RblWthACoz

    RblWthACoz Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Lots of good stuff being made in Japan, though much of it isn't making it over to the States. I'd like to visit Club Popeye one day.
  24. BeastLU

    BeastLU Disciple (326) Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    About to post that as a joke, but I knew I would get killed.
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  25. NavyGuy

    NavyGuy Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2008 Florida

    The Japanese craft market is exploding just like it did here about 10 years ago, but due to the high costs involved in brewing only a few brews make it over to the states (the tax on beer is really high there, like our tax on hard liquor, so a 6 pack of craft typically goes for around 2000-3000 yen, or $20-30 US). Hitachino is the biggest exporter as it stands. I recently found Yona Yona ale at my local Total Wines, a pretty tasty APA, but it was almost $5 a can. If you get over there check out the scene, and if you are in the Tokyo area be sure to head down to Yokohama and hit Baird Brewing, an American guy and his Japanese wife who are running a great brewery/pub operation there, complete with authentic NC pit BBQ. Not that you would want BBQ while vacationing in Japan, but if you live there it is a great taste of home. The biggest disappointment for me when I moved back here was going out for sushi and ordering my old standard, Asahi Super Dry, only to find out it was contract brewed and "imported" from Canada and tasted like ass, nothing like the real karakuchi...
  26. stillbo_baggins

    stillbo_baggins Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2012 New York

    Asahi Black is great, had it at Yakuza in PDX a few months ago.
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