Japanese Beers That Should Be on Your Must-Try List

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Enjoying a drink in Japan is one of the highlights of visiting the country. Choosing which types of beers to drink can be overwhelming given the wide array of home-grown and international brands available. Creating a short list may be difficult with so many good brews around, but here are some of the top Japanese beers that should be on your must-try list.

Asahi Style Free
Highlights: Low-calorie beer, strictly not beer but definitely tastes like one

Asahi Super Dry
Highlights: Super dry, bitter taste, suitable for drinkers who don’t want weak beer

Baird Beer
Highlights: Craft beer that pairs well with various kinds of dishes, made using a traditional method, rich aroma

Coedo Beer
Highlights: Multi-awarded beer brand, locally brewed in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture, comes in different styles each of which has been awarded accolades in various beer competitions, uses out of the ordinary ingredients like sweet potato for the Beniaka

Doppo Beers
Highlights: Popular craft beer, uses ingredients like omachi rice for its lager beer, comes up with seasonal beers like dark chocolate stout

Highlights: Contains less sugar than regular beers, uses spring water among its unique ingredients

Kirin Ichiban Shibori
Highlights: Made using the first juice extracted from the beer ingredients, bittersweet taste

Premium Malt’s
Highlights: Known for quality, rich taste, exquisite floral aroma

Sapporo Nama Beer Black Label
Highlights: Made using the finest ingredients, catering to drinkers with a different and more mature taste

Tanrei Green Label
Highlights: Low-calorie beer, lesser sugar content than regular beer

Yebisu Beer
Highlights: Rich aroma and taste, pricey compared with other regular beers, production adheres to stringent German standards, interntionally-sourced ingredients,

Yona Yona Ale
Highlights: Craft beer with a delicious fruity aroma, citrusy scent blends well with the flavors of malt and hop

12 Best Vacation Destinations for Beer Lovers

There is nothing like a taste of good beer that makes a place even more memorable for beer lovers. You may find delicious brews at home if you know where to look. But a drink of some of the world’s finest brews in cities that have a rich tradition of beer-making is an experience you probably would not want to miss. Here are some of the world’s best cities if you are looking for an ultimate beer trip.

1. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Why go: Home to some of the world’s renowned brands like Amstel and Heineken, numerous bars that serve a wide range of Dutch beers and international brands

2. Bruges, Belgium
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Why go: A veritable hub of beer tours, “Around Bruges in 80 Beers”, enjoy the taste of delicious beer while soaking in the scenic views, destinations like the ‘t Brugs Beertje and Staminee De Garre

3. Brussels, Belgium
Why go: Heart of the country’s thriving beer industry, a wide variety of brews to choose from, beer tours, events and festivals like the Belgian Beer Weekend, local pubs and bars like Delirium that serve more than 2,000 varieties of beer

4. Denver, Colorado, USA
Why go: Home of the Great American Beer Festival, other beer-related events like the Beer and Bacon Festival, a huge number of breweries and pubs, the Denver Beer Co. and more

5. Dublin, Ireland
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Why go: Home of Guinness and many other known brands like Harp and Murphy’s, Guinness Storehouse tour, several types of Irish brews to choose from, Irish pub crawls, traditional alehouses

6. Edinburgh, Scotland
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Why go: A long and rich history of brewing, a huge number of pubs, experience drinking locally-brewed ales and beers in well-known pubs

7. Montreal, Canada
Why go: Mondial de la bière and other beer festivals, craft beer tours and bars, breweries

8. Munich, Germany
Why go: Home of the Oktoberfest, beer lovers’ haven, a long tradition of beer drinking, the Hofbräuhaus beer hall, breweries, traditional beer gardens

9. Portland, Oregon, USA
Why go: High concentration of breweries with more than 50 breweries, locally-grown ingredients like barley and hops, numerous pubs and taverns, Oregon Brewers Festival, attractions like the Portland’s Brew Bus Tour, brew pub crawls

10. Prague, Czech Republic
Why go: A rich tradition of beer making and beer drinking, affordable place to drink amber ale, historic pubs and beer halls, Pilsner Urquell and other local brews

11. Seoul, South Korea
korean beer
Why go: Emerging hub for beer lovers, delicious and good quality local beers, beer neighborhood destinations like Itaewon, unique and great tasting local brews

12. Tokyo, Japan
Why go: A place where you can get beer almost everywhere, vending machines across the city dispenses some of the best tasting brews you can easily find, several pubs and bars that offer local brews and international brands, vibrant local craft beer scene, craft beer bars like Popeye, breweries that are a short road trip or train ride from Tokyo