Aside from Kirin, Asahi and Sapporo, you don’t see much Japanese beer in the US. This isÂ unfortunate,Â becauseÂ Japan has a great craft beer culture. Every now and then, you can findÂ Hitachino beer, but I have never been bold enough to fork over the $8 it cost for a bottle.
Lucky for me, I came across a really cool brewer at the Fancy Food Show,Â Coedo beer. I honestly don’t remember too much about it a month later, other than the face it was extremely refreshing after 8 hours of walking the show floor. I tried their larger, which was nice and balanced. Unfortunately, itÂ doesn’tÂ look like they have distribution in the US. I hoping more Japanese beers becomeÂ availableÂ in the US soon! They have a cool English site and an even cooler Japanese Magazine.