Thursday, January 03, 2013

From Zero to Beer-o: Home Brewing in Japan #1

A good craft beer, at one of Tokyo's now many craft-beer pubs, will set you back about $15. This is the norm.

A bottle of imported craft beer is something like $6 or $7 at a store. This is also the norm.

It is kind of ridiculous. I can't be sure, but good beer is a little more accessible everywhere else in the world, no?

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So I decided to start making my own.

There is a rad home-brew supplier right here in Tokyo. advanced-brewing.com/ has it all.



Kits, ingredients, and free shipping if you spend the equivalent of one night out at The Tap Room or Popeyes or Goodbeer Faucets.

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Boom, science experiment up in the lab (aka the kitchen). I had hella questions with this first batch, and when I called the number, it was just some rad old dude who guided me through it all.

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Ya'll want some 新宿地ビール?

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Hells yes. Big thanks to the fine folks at Got Faded Japan who introduced this on their podcast.

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So how is my first brew? Respectable. There is a slight tingly taste going on, not sure how to describe it. It's a Nut Brown Ale, and I dig the dark color. Kanpai!

1 comment:

SusieTron FiveThousand said...

How long did it take from start to in your drinking glass?

I like your kit, looks nice and compact. I have wanted to brew my own but the 'do-it-yourself' kits here are not conducive to a small apartment.