Shizuoka Beer 5/1: Amagi by Izu Kogen Brewery


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This particular beer brewed by Izu Kogen Brewery in Ito City, Izu Peninsula was brought back to me by Lojol.

Izu Koogen Brewery: Amagi
Draught/nama Beer
Ingredients: Barley Malt/Hops. Natural water collected on Amagi Plateau, Izu Peninsula
Alcohol: 5 degrees
Contents: 300 ml

Clarity: smoky
Colour: rich dark nutty brown
Foam: very short head
Aroma: Yeast, bread
Taste: Dry. Long dry tail. Sharpish. Caramel, yeast

Overall: A beer suited for food, especially meat, sausages and the like. Can be appreciated cold in summer on its own, though. Strong marked taste. English-type beer. Deserves to be experienced

Izu Kogen Brewery
413-0231 Ito City, Tomito, 1103-21
Tel.: 0120-513-540
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Today’s Bento/Lunch Box (4)


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Tuesday is basically the day when my better half (I’d better say not my worse, or Rubber Slippers in Italy will clobber me!) is preparing me a solid rice-based bento. She tries to keep it both balanced and hearty as it is a long day until dinner.

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So she concocted three “nigiri/rice balls” of steamed rice mixed with finely chopped Japanese green cucumber pickles topped with pitted “umeboshi/pickled Japanese plums” of the sweet variety, or I shall end with too much salt, as it was accompanied by French pickles/cornichons, home-made red turnip pickles and Kyoto-style “shibazuke/pickled cucumbers”. “Pickled Cucumbers” uber alles, as you can see!
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The fare to accompany the rice consisted of “kara-age”/deep-fried chicken. This is one dish whose secret my wife has always steadfastly refused to reveal. The only thing I know is that it involves a two-step frying process… Lettuce and plum-tomato grown in Shizuoka Prefecture, a medium soft boiled egg and some potato and broad bean salad. I was given a few “mikan”/mandarines for dessert and needed vitamin C.

By the way, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce a lady from the States who lived quite a few years in Japan before going back home and devising a professional Bento Website called Lunch in a Box! You will find all you need to know there to prepare lunch for your own and loved ones!