Japan has many common popular beer brands such as Asahi, Sapporo and so on. However, various local breweries come up with their own varieties called as 'craft beers' that are brewed using independently thought-out and experimental techniques. These come in flavors too, sometimes caffeinated, for example, the famous American root beer. When it comes to choices, nobody beats Japan as it has literally several craft beers, some of them seasonal with ingredients sourced from plant roots, leaves, beans and other natural things. Take 'Sakura Beer', for example, which appears all over Japan during the spring, especially 'hanami (sakura viewing)' events where everybody wants to sip on this Japanese craft beer. Sankt Gallen is an upcoming mini-beer maker present in Kanagawa that is actually behind the release of the cherry blossom beer, if you would like to check it out. You can find their other varieties such as the Mint Chocolate that not only satisfies your dessert cravings, but also makes you tipsy.
The Beer Stores
If you are wondering where to try quirky Japanese beers, you might have to look for specific plazas or beer shops. There are some places in and around Tokyo, such as KURAND & SHUGAR where you can try a lot of different craft beers all together. They both get their liquor serviced by Liquor Innovation Co.Ltd (http://liquor-innovation.co.jp/), which is a great company that always comes up with unique sake, cocktails and beers. They have drinks that complement all seasons. Do visit them and get amused by their wide range of beers, some of them you would not even imagine existing. The company is also partnering with several other restaurants in Japan for bringing you unique drinking experiences through innovation.
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