Monday, October 1, 2012

Japan & Beer

BEER!!! My Disclaimer to the big beers... ie Miller, Budweiser, Coors.. These companies make the most consistent flavor beers - and no.. the flavor is not bad, it is just ordinary. I usually am looking for something specific when I drink a beer, not just an 'ordinary' beer. This is why I usually shy away from the big threes main offering - Michelob does have a couple offering I really dig. Sapporo, Asahi & Kirin all have that familiar mass produced flavor here while the budweiser is 'uniquely american' and sought after. Budweiser is expensive here and an 'import' and is treated just like imports are in the US. Luckily, I have the commissary so I have the American beers and the imports at American prices. Import beer here is expensive. Longboard? I am not a fan, but will drink it. I just prefer many other beers over it. I found it in a local store.... $80+ for a case. That stuff is $33 a case on base. So... my regular beer now is Harp. As the weather cools off, I suspect I will go darker to the porters and stouts. ------------ To be continued. My first beer in Japan ever. I had been in Yokohama for maybe an hour and had been up for roughly 40 hours... but i was hungry and Megan knew this italian place was open. So there I sat with a Kirin. 1st Beer in Japan.
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Now over the next week, I had seen plenty of other beer around, but it did not seem micro brews were too mainstream. It took more looking than one might expect. I was not there for beer, this was my first visit with my now wife since she took the job in Japan. Things are good and I am just overwhelmed by everything. Beer is an afterthought. Fall - 2010. Spring 2011 - More time to explore. When I visited Megan the following spring, she was working, so I had all day to explore. ALL DAY! I like walking, I like outdoors - this works out!!! I walk for miles and miles just randomly exploring side streets, alleys, etc... I come across these two places side by side....
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--- I have no Yen, so I will have to come back... but I look around and take mental notes to be able to find my way back. The next day disaster struck. March 11, 2011 was the day of Japan was rocked by 'the earthqauke' and tsunami. March 11th sucked. March 12th - my Birthday. Our plans are shot and Megan asks me... have you seen anywhere you want to eat?... Ummm.....
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hell yes I have!
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The food was fantastic and the service was good. I was actually surprised it was not more expensive than it was. Everything here is expensive... but this seemed almost 'American prices' After lunch, a couple friends insisted we go out! It is my birthday, right? So we head to 'The Hub'
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Left the Hub and headed to get Sushi from my favorite joint over here....
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That is a Sapporo I am drinking.
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More Sapporo!
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Even More Sapporo!
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That is about all I can drink.... Beer Aisle...
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I took random samples....
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One the left... Chu-Hi. that is japanese for 'Dangerous as hell drink that does not taste like alcohol' Oh look... more Sapporo!
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Trying something different....
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Universal Studios in Osaka... it is not a beer, but it is a bar... with the best name ever!
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but I found another bar....
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I had a weak moment.... in Osaka!
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[b]ThrashZone![/b] This little bar just has beer. No peanuts, pretzels, nothing. Just beer. Here is the menu...
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The Owner of ThrashZone is a big 80s 'Thrash' metal guy. So this was the decor...
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Random Grocery...
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They have your favorite!!!
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Beers the wife picked up for me....
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Not beer... Sangria!
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