Ah, Summer in Japan. It’s hot, humid, and unrelenting. Thankfully there are quite a few chances to venture out into that nastiness for a refreshing beer. Some upcoming/ongoing events:
American Food Week- July 13-18, Yokohama Akarenga (Red Brick Warehouse), Free admission
Not a lot of beer, but some offereings from Stone, Green Flash, Anchor, Speakeasy, and Brooklyn Brewery. The drawback is that it’s all in bottles and it’s all warm. Bring a cooler, pick up a few bottles, walk across the bridge to the park on the shore, and enjoy a warm summer’s eve.
Baird Fishmarket Taproom Anniversary- July 18-20, Numazu, Free admission
From the press release: We will be celebrating the 9-year birthday of our Numazu Fishmarket Taproom on the three-day holiday weekend of Saturday, July 18 through Monday, July 20. Highlights of the weekend festivities include:
*Baird Fruit & Beer Festival
*1,500 yen all-you-can-eat beer-inspired buffet (our new chef, Michiru, has hit the ground running and this promises to be an extraordinary treat)
*Baird brewery tours twice a day (2:00 pm and 4:00 pm)
*Outdoor yaki-tori grilling below the Taproom (everyday, 3:00 – 7:00 pm)
*Saturday evening live music
Bruxellesis Beerfest, Delirium Cafe, July 19-20th from noon to 9:30 p.m. Admission ¥2,000 or 4,000
The Delirium Cafe and Belg Aube chain, a major importer of unique Belgian beers from small producers, will be holding a Belgian beer festival this month. There are two types of tickets; the 4,000 yen ticket includes a special tasting glass and seven different beers, while 2,000 yen ticket gets you four beers in a plastic cup.
Sankt Gallen Nomihodai, Park Hyatt Hotel- July 21-August 9, August 15-31 6 to 8 p.m. (last seating at 7 p.m.), Admission ¥2,5000
Sankt Gallen ales will be featured in an all-you-can-drink special being held at the 1st floor Deli of the Park Hyatt Hotel in Shinjuku. The 2,500 yen charge includes a “Chef’s Appetizer Plate” plus unlimited Golden Ale or Shonan Ale (made with Shonan oranges) for up to two hours. For reservations and inquiries, phone (03) 5323-3635.
Park Hyatt Tokyo Delicatessen
3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku
Great Japan Beer Festival- July 10-20, Osaka, Admission: ¥3,800 in advance, ¥4,300 at the door
120 different beers from Japanese and international breweries. You also get a tasting glass. It’s always a good time.
I’m going to hit up as many as possible, you should do the same.