Saturday, 4/1 - We had tickets to see the Preds play today and before the game we stopped at Czann's Brewing for a beer (and to score some valuable free parking). I had their German Pislner which was crisp and refreshing. They also had a "we-need-to-open-a-new-tap" deal on their Oatmeal Stout where if you bought a pint, which Ashlee did, you got a free growler-fill of it as well. We also ran into our friend, and craft beer aficionado, Nate, while we were there.
|At the game I continued my pilsner-kinda-day with a nice PC Pils from Founders Brewing (MI) which was available at the Better Beer Bar in Bridgestone Arena. The Preds took it down in impressive fashion over the Minnesota Wild, 3-zip.|
|Friday, 4/7 - I couldn't let National Beer Day pass by without having a brew, so I dug out a tasty HANGTIME pale ale from Blackstone Brewing here in Nashville from the refrigerator vegetable crisper (my favorite place to chill beers).|
|Ashlee partook as well to celebrate National Beer Day and we hung out on the patio with the warm sun on our backs and toasted the day, the weather and the fact it was Friday!|
Sunday, 4/9 - It was Poker Night in Lebanon for me so I stopped by Lebanon Wine and Spirits (whose beer selection seems to get better every time I go there). I got a variety four-pack that included a strong Palate Wrecker double IPA from Green Flash Brewing (CA); a decent Namaste White witbier from Dogfish Head Brewery (Delaware); a really good Pure Hoppiness double IPA from Alpine Beer Company (CA) and a tasty finish with an Expedition Stout (Russian Imperial) from Bell's Brewery (MI). Before I left for the game, I had a sip of Ashlee's delightful Pear Lager from Devil's Backbone Brewing (VA).
4/15 - We had a layover in Denver on our way to Tokyo and we found a great little hot dog place in the airport call Steve's Snappin' Dogs and they had a nice beer list from which I chose the solid IPA by Odell Brewing over in nearby Fort Collins, CO.
ON TO JAPAN & yes, on to BEER!I surprisingly found a good amount of decent craft beer in Japan along with some of their better known national brands that were hit or miss...
April 17 - As we were walking back from a self-guided morning tour of the famous Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, I got my first "street-walkin' beer" in Japan. I discovered that you can walk around in Japan with an open beer without any scrutiny (at least I didn't get any). I grabbed an EXTRA Pale Ale from the Ginga Kogen Beer Company at a little market on our way back to the hotel. It wasn't too bad, but seemed to be a stretch to call itself a pale ale.
I slipped off back to Yona Yona Beer Works again today while Ashlee turned in early and had another round of sausages and another beer: the SunSun Organic Beer which is their blonde ale. It was light and crisp and pretty tasty.
|April 26 - The port of Hakodate was a gold mine of good canned craft beer that I found in gift shops and convenience stores. This Otaru Bakusyu Amber Ale is a pleasant English-style brown ale produced by Hokkaido Brewing Company just north of here.|
|I also grabbed a can of the Otaru Bakusyu Pilsner that was solid.|
4/28 - BACK IN TOKYO
My little trick of looking in convenience stores and markets for craft beer paid off in spades!!
|I found the nice and hoppy Flying IPA from Echigo Beer Company and enjoyed it in one of the many open-air parks in the Odiaba District.|
|Ashlee's choice for park sipping that I also had a sip of was this Suiyoubi no Neko white ale made by Yo-Ho Brewing (i.e. the brewers for Yona Yona Beer Works for our first days in Tokyo). It was tasty and what a cool can!|
|I went from Level 1 all the way to Level 5 on Untappd for Japanese beer thanks to our little jaunt to The Far East!|
|No, I didn''t have a beer here. Just thought it was awesome..."and I ain't talking about in no paper cup...I mean a glass of beer...(at McDonald's)" - Jules Winnfield, Pulp Fiction|
|Just a cool twilight shot of the harbor and The Rainbow Bridge from the beach near our hotel. I am gonna miss you, Tokyo.|