Japanese Vegan Gastronomy: Tokoroten-Agar-Basic Recipe

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“Toroten” or 心太 (or 寒天) in Japanese is Agar or agar agar.
It is made with a variety of small red Gelidiaceae.

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The seaweed is called Tengusa/天草/Heaven Grass in Japanese and is particular abundant in Western Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture!
The picture above was taken in Western Izu peninsula where it is regularly harvested in its natural element and sun-dried before being processed.

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It has been for unknown ages in Japan and is still used extensively in food and even cosmetics and fertilizers.
It is first washed in clear water and su-dried 4 to 5 times before use.

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Its use has been recorded in Izu as far as 1822!

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This is the form it is sold in Japan. The red color has naturally disappeared after all the washing and drying.

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In a large pan add plenty of water and rice vinegar.

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Boil it over a medium fire for an hour or until the liquid becomes a boiling syrup.
make sure ther is enough though during the boiling, otherwise the the syrup will stick on the bottom of the pan.

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Take off fire and sieve the tengusa into a large bowl.

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Then pour it into a clean cloth and press it out. Proceed twice! The agar must be pressed out at least twice for best quality!

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Pour the agar into a flat square cooking metal dish and let cool down for 20^30 minutes at room temperature.
The agar should slide out if you incline the dish.

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The Japanese use the above tool called ところてん突き/Tokoroten Tsuki!
Check the use in this video!

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The agar will get through this grill to make “noodles”

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Cut out strips of agar the size of the pushing handle.

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Push the cut agar through the “tokoroten Tsuki”.

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foe a better view!

Serve the tokoroten as they are seasoned with ponzu and whatever chopped seaweed or greens of your liking.
Naturally the agar can be seasoned with spices!
Enjoy!

Check this video, too!

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As an indication in Japan the above containg 100 g of dried tengusa is sold for 698 yen (about 7 US$.

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Shizuoka Shochu Tasting: Senju Brewery/Distillery-Ginjo Shikomi Honkaku Shochu 37

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Once again Sissi should be interested with this shochu made in Shizuoka!

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it is a shochu made by Senju Brewery/distillery in Iwata City with sake lees.
Apparently making shochu directly from rice requires a different license! Otherwise it still can be called a rice shochu although by law it is a sake white lees shochu!

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Sake (rice) white lees
Yeast: Shizuoka yeast
alcohol: 37 degrees

Clarity: very clear
Color: transparent
Aroma: distinctly fruity and extremely complex. Pears, nuts, vanilla, custard, almonds, umidofu (tofu variety)
Body: fluid
Taste: Very well-rounded and fruity attack.
Strong alcohol but very elegant and easy to drink.
Complex and very difficult to catch.
Dry chestnuts, dry custard, pears, fresh cream.
Stays very dry on the palate but tends to disappear on a sweeter note, this being certainly due to the variety of yeast used to make the sake whose white lees have been distilled into that shochu.
Extremely sophisticated for a shochu!

Overall: Best enjoyed on its own despite the strong alcohol at room temperature.
The distillers advise to enjoy it straight on plenty of ice.
At the most could be mixed with water.
Anything else would be tantamount to infanticide!
Drink it away or before/after a meal!
The perfect nightcap? Mind you it is strong so better use a chaser before hitting the sack!

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Weird Japan (35): Killing With A Smile?

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Another picture for Quizoxy!

Japan is the safest country in the world, but it also produces the best knives and swords in the world, too!
Advertising such a business with a smiling (with a vampire tooth jutting out) manga girl is both novel and disquieting! LOL

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It is actually the sign of the oldest knives and cutlery shop in Shizuoka City!

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Japanese Vegan Recipe: Deep-fried Burdock.Age Gobou.揚げ牛蒡

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Burdock or Gobou.牛蒡 in Japanese is also called greater burdock.
Its Latin name is Arctium lappa.
Although it is a root vegetable with great nutritious and even medical properties, it is commonly eaten only in Japan and Taiwan.

This species is native to the temperate regions of the old world, from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, and from the British Isles through Russia, and the Middle East to China and Japan, including India.

It is naturalized almost everywhere and is usually found in disturbed areas, especially in soil rich in nitrogen. It is commonly cultivated in Japan.

It prefers a fresh, worked soil, rich in humus, and should be positioned in full sunlight. Burdock is very reactive to nitrogen fertilizer. Propagation is achieved through sowing the seeds midsummer. The harvest occurs three to four months after the seeding until late autumn, when the roots become too fibrous.
In shizuoka it is more and more cultivated in organic fashion with natural/organic fertilizer and no pesticides.

Here is a simple way to prepare it that should please vegans and and vegetarians alike!
Bear in mind to use a vegan dashi for the recipe!
This is a basic recipe. I will leave the proportions to your liking!

One piece of advice: when you buy burdock roots, choose them with soil still on them! Important!

INGREDIENTS:

Burdock
Cornstarch (katakuriko or kudzuko in Japanese, but any cornstarch should do)
Dashi
Salt
Black pepper

RECIPE:

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First wash, brush/scrape skin off, rinse and cut the burdock root in small enough pieces.

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Now, the most important point in the rcipe:
marinate the cut burdock root in dashi in a vinyl pouch or Tupperware box for at least half a day!

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Drain the burdock root thoroughly. Roll in plenty of cornstarch.

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Once fried to your liking shake oil away as quickly as you can, season with salt and black pepper and eat them like fried potatoes while hot. Great with beer!

Simple, satisfying and healthy!

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Japanese Vegan Recipe: Natto Cha Zuke・納豆茶漬け

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I’m not a vegan and never will be, but I do have many friends who are and when I can find a recipe for them it os always a pleasure to put it online!
Now beans, especially fermented beans/natto/納豆 comes with a lot of healthy ingredients for such a priority.
Rice (you may use it whole of course and tea have also plenty!
Chazuke/茶漬け is a Japanese way to accommodate cold leftover steamed rice by basically warming it up through pouring hot tea over it. A cold version is also possible, especially in summer!

INGREDIENTS (I leave the proportions to your appetite!):

Cold steamed rice (leftovers)
Hot tea
Natto
Soy sauce
Chili pepper powder
Finely chopped scallions/white leek
Optional: sesame oil, grated ginger, etc.

RECIPE:

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Pour some plain natto inside a bowl.

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Mix/stir natto with chopsticks or fork long enough to see natto completely linked with sticky filaments. As a criteria stir it a hundred times!

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Season it with soy sauce (and sesame oil as an option) and chili pepper powder and stir.

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Add finely chopped scallions/white leek (and grated ginger as an option) and mix well.

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In a bowl place enough cold teamed rice and natto on top.
Pour hot green (or oolong) tea over the rice up to the top of the ice.
For the cold version pour ice-cold tea.
Enjoy!

So simple and healthy!

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Beer Standing Bar: Aoi Beer Stand in Shizuoka City!

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Baird Beer Rising Sun!

Service: Easy-going and smiling. Very hospitable and friendly
Facilities: Very clean overall. Washroom inside Den Bldg, extremely clean and modern
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive (but craft beer is never cheap!)
Strong points: All micro brewery craft beers!

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After the recent complete overhaul of Den Building in Aoi Ku a few minutes walk form Shizuoka JR Station North exit, the large street and its pavements were also remade and now we find ourselves with a new space downtown which is slowly starting to attract a new crowd.

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The latest addition is a minuscule standing bar called Aoi Beer Stand which opened on the 1st of July!
It is the last addition to Beck Co. Ltd which already owns Mando and Growstock bar/restaurants in Shizuoka City.
To start with the opening hours are a bit unusual: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm every day!

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The name Aoi is fairly easy to explain as this bar is located in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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But there is another reason. Mr. Mando, who I should interview soon, is planning to start a brewery of the same name in the very city of Shizuoka! I know where but as this is still confidential you will have to wait until next year for more information! Just know it will become the 11th craft beer brewery/microbrewery in the Prefecture! Whereas the average number of microbreweries in Japan is 5~6 per Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture is simply becoming a major area!

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Ever-smiling Ryousuke Ono/大野良輔さん is looking after the place in day time whereas Mr. Mando take things in charge in the evenings.

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Now, they serve only craft beer and absolutely nothing else!
For the moment they serve 6 craft beer from all over Japan (changing regularly), including 2 from Shizuoka prefecture.
When the new brewery starts they will probably serve only Shizuoka craft beer!
Note that the prices are for large glasses. Add 200 yen for a pint-sized glass.

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Although the place can sit 6 people on high stool, the moment you have reached 7 guests the stools are pushed under the bar counter and you drink standing on some crowded nights patrons can be seen drinking standing on the pavement!

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The door inside on the left does not lead to a washroom (which is located inside Den Building) but a minuscule cellar for the beer kegs as all beers are served draught!

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The two Shizuoka craft beers presently on offer are from Baird Beer Co. in Numazu City!

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Baird Beer Red Rose Amber Ale!

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There is some food available though, but the accent is definitely on the beer!

Will come back with another interview of the owner and of his projects soon!

AOI BEER STAND
420-0847 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/09/04): Baird Beer Seasonal Release — Wheat King Wit

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Baird Beer Seasonal Release — Wheat King Wit

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Ingredient experimentation in brewing is one of the key elements to innovation and flavor improvement. Brewing single-hop beers that share an identical recipe and differ only in hop variety is one way that we experiment with ingredients to understand particular flavor contributions. Fermenting a regular year-round beer with a different yeast strain than usual is another way we conduct this experimentation. Today we are happy to share with you the results of one of the latter experiments: Wheat King Wit.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:
*Wheat King Wit (ABV 4%):

Wheat King Ale, of course, is one of our current ten year-round beers. It is a beer designed to highlight the crisp, wholesome, bread-like characteristics imparted by wheat as opposed to barley, which normally dominates a recipes’ grist bill. Wheat King Ale is fermented with our house ale yeast, which is a very flavor-neutral strain (i.e. it ferments clean without imparting distinctly noticeable flavor attributes of its own).

Wheat King Wit, as the name implies, is our Wheat King Ale recipe fermented with a Belgian witbier yeast strain (the same one we use to ferment Single-Take Session Ale). Witbier yeast strains tend to impart distinctive fruit and phenolic flavors in the course of fermentation. Our witbier strain is more restrained than some, but the flavor difference between Wheat King Ale and Wheat King Wit is clear and interesting.

We are now accepting orders for Wheat King Wit. It is keg-only and will begin pouring from our Taproom taps tonight (Wednesday, September 4). By all means, avail yourself of this valuable beer tasting 101 flavor comparison opportunity — Wheat King Wit beside Wheat King Ale. Can you taste the difference? What is your preference?

And we have a special late-summer beer treat for our Taproom patrons — Chris’ Garden Cascade Hop Ale (4.5%). Draught beer manager Chris Madere’s home hop garden has just been through its third harvest, and as is often the case in hop growing, the third year is the charm. Chris’ 2013 organically grown Cascade hops were his best and most plentiful to date. We loaded about 500 grams of them in our 250 liter kettle in three different additions. We dosed another 400 grams in the conditioning tank in an aroma-imparting dry-hop addition. The base beer is a light golden ale of moderate starting gravity (11.7 Plato).

Chris’ Garden Cascade Hop Ale is available exclusively at Baird Taproom pubs and begins its run through our British real ale hand pumps tonight. Enjoy, and drink one to Chris!

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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Japanese Art: Symbiosis: Dissolving My Self Like a Mushroom Exhibition by Hajime Imamura at the Shizuoka City Museum of Art (Until October 27th)

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The Shizuoka City Musuem of Art which has been in existence for about 5 years under the auspices of the Shizuoka City Government began some time ago to use their vast lobby room as a free exhibition space for the pleasure of all comers. Since you can also enjoy the same space for shopping and lounging in a cafe it makes for a perfect venue on a rainy day or on a sweltering summer day!
This is the 3rd exhibition of the kind which will last until October 17th.

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Hajime Imamura/今村源さん was born in Osaka City in 1957 and presently works in Kyoto City in the Kansai region where he has acquired fame and recognition.
He started to actively exhibit in 2006 and is supported by Shiseido Company as well as Gallery Nomart in Osaka City.
His art is resolutely modern and tends to blend in everyday apparels with nature (at least recently!)

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This particular exhibition is titled: Dissolving My Self Like a Mushroom. For those who can read Japanese they will find a pun in the same title: “わた死としてのキノコ”!
And you will find mushrooms everywhere! But the concept is more about hidden life represented by long aluminum “threads” depicting the underground mycelium filaments whose life and role will appear in the shape of so-called mushrooms we see popping out all year round in their natural environment!

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Served directly on a dining table? (2003)

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It will actually oscillate if you blow on it!

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Mycelium and a mushroom reflected on a mirror…… (2013)

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Actually it might be a goof idea to browse (or buy) all kinds of books on mushrooms and mushroom design at the Museum shop!

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Can you see the mushrooms inside the hollow head?
“Inside Mushrooms” (2010)

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Now, it is wide open to interpretation!

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Mycelium in shape of a human blody! (2010)

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Have you ever realized that our bodies are full of it? Actually would not be possible on earth without it!

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Other works of Hajime Imamura are also featured, some with mycelium like this sofa, some without it.

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Upside down life?

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A squashed flat chair?

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“Fridge and kettle” (2003)

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Yes, this is a mobile!

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And another one!

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Where do those stairs lead to? (199)

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To a slide of course (1998)!

incidentally the artist and a mycology (science of mycelium and mushrooms) will be hold a talk (free entrance) inside the lobby conference space (50 seats) on mushrooms and art on September 21st ((Saturday) from 14:00 to 16:00!

SHIZUOKA CITY MUSEUM of ART
静岡市美術館

420-0852 Shizuoka Cuty, Aoi Ku, Koya Machi, 17-1, Aoi Tower. 3F (across from shizuoka JR Station North Exit)
Tel.: 054-273-1515
Opening hours: 10:00~19:00 (Shop & Cafe included)
Public Exhibition Space free. Designated exhibitions fee varying.
Closed on Mondays (or on Tuesdays if Monday is a national Holidays. Also closed on friday September 13th)
HOMEPAGE (English only for the moment)

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-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/09/01): Baird-Country Boy Collaboration Beer Japan Debut

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Baird-Country Boy Collaboration Beer Japan Debut

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Do you remember the Country Boy Blog — Nate and DH’s fun, humorous and informative account of their exploration into the Japan craft beer scene? The very first time I met them at our Fishmarket Taproom in an interview for the blog, I could see the twinkle in their eyes and the passion in their hearts. These ‘what you see is what you get’ good old boys bled beer. During their time in Japan they became stalwart fans of Baird Beer and close personal friends of the Baird Brewing family.

Well, back at home in Lexington, Kentucky the Country Boys have brought their burning love of beer to a new and higher level. They opened Country Boy Brewing in 2011 and have achieved such success right out of the gate with their delicious, down-to-earth, no-bullshit style of brewing that it almost makes their old mentor a little jealous. Pride, though, trumps jealousy in the sip of a Country Boy pint. The Country Boys are doing things right and you can taste it in their beer.

It was a tremendous honor for us thus to be invited to participate in a collaboration beer at the Country Boy brewery in Lexington this past spring. Lead brewer Chris made the trip for Baird and spent a raucous weekend with Nate, DH and the boys brewing up Angry Amos Collaboration Ale.

*Angry Amos Collaboration Ale (7.5%):

In the words of Nate, Angry Amos is “an amped up collision of [Baird] Angry Boy and [Country Boy] Amos Moses.” Floor-malted Maris Otter anchors the grist bill which also features Munich, Crystal, Aromatic, Chocolate and Wheat malt. The hop bill too borrows from both beers, featuring Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Galaxy, Appollo and Millenium in the kettle, and a massive dosing of German Tettnanger as dry hops in the conditioning tank. Before dry hopping, though, Angry Amos took a unique 2-month Kentucky detour through Maker’s Mark bourbon barrels. Country Boy brewer Nate says of the finished Angry Amos: “Between the malt depth, the massive load of hops, and the barrel aging, it’s an extremely complex ale that changes as you drink it.”

Let’s get busy drinking it! Fortunately, our friends at Nagano Trading joined this collaboration as the import agent arranging shipment to Japan of a pallet of Angry Amos and a pallet of a few other Country Boy year-round brews. These beers are:

*Amos Moses (6.0%): An American Brown Ale that is the love child between a brown ale and robust porter.

*Lazy Rye Pale Ale (6.0%): A crisp, hoppy American Pale Ale with a spicy, dry finish imparted by additions of malted rye.

*Knotty Pine IIPA (9.6%): A Chinook hop bomb!

*Baird-Country Boy Tap Takeover Event at Antenna America (Thursday-Friday, September 5-6):
All of the above Country Boy beers, including the Angry Amos Collaboration Ale as well as Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale, will be featured at Nagano Trading’s Yokohama beer outlet Antenna America in a two-day tap takeover event. Doors open and beers begin pouring at 3:00 pm sharp Thursday, September 5. On Friday, September 6 at 7:00 pm I will be in attendance for a ‘meet the brewer’ session in which I will talk about the beers, the collaboration and anything else beer that folks want to hear about. Mark you calendar and please plan to join all of us at Baird, Country Boy and Nagano Trading for a good ol’ down home beer blast.

Angry Amos Collaboration Ale will make its debut at all Baird Taproom pubs on Saturday, September 7. The other Country Boy beers will be available exclusively at the Nakameguro, Bashamichi and Numazu Fishmarket Taprooms, also beginning Saturday, September 7.

Attention Japan craft beer retailers: Ten 20-liter kegs of the Angry Amos Collaboration Ale are available for purchase direct from Nagano Trading. Nagano Trading will begin accepting orders on Monday, September 2 for shipment beginning Saturday, September 7. Please direct all inquiries and orders to Nagano Trading (contact person — Taketo Murakoshi; email address — order@naganotrading.com; Tel. 045-315-5458).

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City