Friday, January 13, 2012

First encounters of the frothy kind

Looked interesting. Why not?
Bad pic, but I got this from a vending machine!
I've been here for a few days now. So suffice to say I've had a few different beers. The first one was Ashai Super "Dry". Not too bad, I've had it before in the United States. The only difference was I got it out of a vending machine. This is cool. I've never seen anything like that.

I also had a glass of Kirin at a local restaurant. To be fair I actually liked the Ashai more.
Then yesterday I discovered a bottle featuring the red and blue demons who are rumored to live in the mountains near Akita city. The only part of the bottle I can read says "Namahage Bock".  I generally like a good bock, so I tried it.  I was not disappointed. Though the price tag was fairly high (around 550 yen) It was definitely worth it. It had a dark somewhat malty taste. It was similar to Bell's Best Brown Ale. By far the best beer I have had yet. There was a whole section with single bottles for sale at the local super market. I hope to try most of them in time. Anyway, that's all for now. Peace.


  1. Kelly, I look forward to your blog. I'm sure I can pick up some of these brews at my beer connection in Adrian. When you post the price in yen, can you give the equivalent in $U.S.? Thanks! Jim R.

    1. Sure, 550 Yen is about $5.50 USD. Given transfer rates and such it would be closer to six dollars. I'm glad you liked it though.