Tuesday, September 19, 2006
It was an excellent event with only the top Japanese micro-breweries and only a selection of brews from each to ensure a good range and balance of beer styles. None of the beers were dogs (unlike the May event) and some were really outstanding. I didn't get to try everything, though was already familiar with many that I missed. Of those I did try, I was very impressed with Echigo Beer's Imperial Porter, Baird Beer's Strong Scotch Ale, Hitachi-no-Nest Beer's White Ale and Celebration Ale, Shonan Beer's Weizenbock, and Yaho Brewing's 05 Barleywine and Tokyo Black Ale (real ale version).
Despite being asked to take photo's for a friend who will be writing up the event, my camera's battery was almost flat and I only got a few shots before it died. Sadly I missed a photo of the Japanese guy with a spikey green mohawk, copious tats, and multiple piercings who provided the bagpipe music (replete with kilt and sporran!). He was very good. I spoke to him briefly and learned that he studied the pipes in that bastion of Scottish culture, wait for it, Paris!
Posted by Stephen Lacey at 1:42 PM