Sunday, August 3, 2014

Japanese Microbrew Tour - Osaka Prefecture / 日本地ビールツアー ー 大阪府

Recently as I did a favor for one of my cousins who lives in Osaka, she paid back the favor by sending me a variety of Osaka Craft Beer, Minoh Beer.  Minoh is also where my aunt and cousins live (even though I haven't visited them in quite a while).  As you can see from the label, Minoh Beer's Stout was awarded Best Imperial Stout for 2013 by the World Beer Awards!  I saved drinking that one for last.


I started off drinking the Minoh Beer with their Pilsner.  Probably the most popular and standard of the four available.

The following day, I tried the Pale Ale.  My wife is not a fan of ale but I am and enjoyed this a bit more than the Pilsner.
But what I like even more than ales our weizens.  When I first came to Japan, you couldn't find any.  Now that the beer laws have relaxed a little since then, the Japanese Craft Brewing industry has been growing for the past few years and now it isn't as difficult to find some great tasting weizens.
Of course I saved the best for last.  I'm a big fan of dark beers.  I like them even better than weizens.  Especially porters and stouts.  And I must say, this was quite delicious.  Its so great knowing that the small craft brewery based in my aunt's neighborhood won this award!
But I think Minoh Beer could have put more thought into their labels.  They look so plain.  I wonder why the didn't use the design that they used for their bottlecaps which features a Japanese monkey (which wander around freely near the Minoh Waterfall).

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