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Old 08-23-2012, 01:42 AM   #21
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I imagine pretty much everything that isn't too out there.
Yeah pretty much what JiBiru said.
I go to some of the 'Beerfests' each year and it seems that most, if not all, are just new interpretations of the standard styles. You get wheat beers, pilsners, pale ales, lagers, etc.
True, many of them do some interesting things with hop levels ,and fruit flavors, and things like that. But I imagine it is pretty similar to a craft beer event in the U.S. Except maybe more adjuncts and DME is being used than normal (because of the above mentioned law). But the flavor does not seem to be impaired as there is some really amazingly good stuff available.
I will say that the vast majority of craft breweries in Japan seem to be focusing a lot on German and Belgian beers though. You see a lot less English and American styles, though there are some stouts around.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:02 PM   #22
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http://www.amy.hi-ho.ne.jp/brew/

The guy's name is Aizawa (相澤), he's a good egg and runs a good shop.
I am just getting into brewing and finding this site and your link is a great thing. Thanks for the link it will be a big help. One question for people that are bottling here in Japan. I am getting a brew kit from the US that comes with a bottle capper will that work for Japanese bottles? I want to use the 500ml and the 633ml.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:35 PM   #23
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I had a turnip beer at Tokyo's Great Japan Beerfest... they have some fruits here like yuzu that tend to get used on occasion that you probably wont see much of outside of Japan. Baird makes a kabocha ale (kind of a Japanese pumpkin) and one of the brewpubs in tokyo did a wild strain that i tried about a month ago... lots of variety but the staple beers for craft here are german styles for the most part. JiBiru, I went to that watering hole event, the owner of the bar is the japanese homebrewer who won that award and got the scolding! Its a small world brewing in japan! Back on topic, lots of conditioned bottles, might be a good way to get yeast strains that are not otherwise available. Someone on here or another site has an ongoing list of bottle yeast strains (what strains they are, or suspected to be) which would be useful if you go that way. You can order bottles online there are a few importers like Phred and Nagano trading that will be able to send bottles to remote towns. Also wouldn't hurt writing a nice email to a nearby brewery and straight up asking for some yeast! I found a cheap hop source that way!

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Old 10-25-2012, 03:53 PM   #24
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they have some fruits here like yuzu that tend to get used on occasion that you probably wont see much of outside of Japan.
Man, I love yuzu. I think I'm gonna try making a yuzu pale ale next.
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I'd like to get in touch with someone that home brews in oki. I'm on my way there soon...will be there for about 6 months. Email me using gmail...prefix that with jason613

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Sorry if Im wrong in assuming you mean Okinawa, going for 6 months Im also just assuming its US base-related travel? Not trying to be rude, I am just making assumptions. If so, you are in luck because there are a bunch of them down south there that get together and brew. They have a facebook page just for the okinawa home brewing peeps, it might be the easiest way to contact them. From what I can tell, they are pretty much self-contained in the sense that most of them have military addresses so Uncle Sam picks up the costs of shipping all their brew supplies from the US; they can get big supplies much cheaper than anyone else in Japan. I don't know of any non-military brewers down south but there must be some, and they would likely be using sakeland or advanced brewing for their supplies.
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