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Shizuoka Beer 8/4: Usami Brewery


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This is the last (for the moment) of the Usami Brewery series:

Usami Brewery “Rhein” (German Type)

Ingredients: Grain Malt, Hops
Alcohol: 5%
Contents: 300ml
Live yeast, unfiltered, unpasteurized.

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Dark brown, neat colour
Foam: Long head, fine bubbles
Aroma: Dry, caramel, Welcome acidity
Taste: Well-rounded. Refreshing. Solid. Complex.
Apples, oranges, light caramel. A little acidity. Sweetish finish.
Lingers in back of the mouth

Overall: Sweetish for a Japanese palate, just right for a European/North American one.
Lighter than expected. Wel-rounded as for taste.
Very satisfying with food.

Usami Brewery
European Ji Beer Company
Ito City, Usami, 3504-1
Tel.: 0557-33-0333
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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Shizuoka Beer 8/3: Usami Brewery


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This is the 8th Micro Brewery in Shizuoka Prefecture I finally have ascertained. So far, I have nine confirmed! Usami Micro-Brewery and Restaurant are located in Ito City, Usami in the Izu Peninsula where great water is plentiful!
Good Beer and Country Boys, Beer Haiku Daily and BeerMason, keep your eyes open!

Note that their front label is always the same. Check the sticker behind the bottle and the cap!

This is the third tasting:

Usami Brewery: Donau (Hungarian Type)
Ingredients: Malt and hops
Alcohol: 3.5%
Contents: 330 ml
Unpasteurized, Unfiltered.

Foam: Long head, fine bubbles
Clarity: Very clear
Colour: dark lemon colour
Aroma: light and fresh, citruses, lemons, oranges.
Taste: Soft attack, dry and tangy with a pleasant slightly acid finish.
Complex: Lemons, oranges.
Does not vary with food and stays faithful to first taste.

Overall: Refreshing. Thirst-quenching for all seasons

Usami Brewery
European Ji Beer Company
Ito City, Usami, 3504-1
Tel.: 0557-33-0333
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

Shizuoka Beer 5/3: Izu Koogen Brewery


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Guys like Good Beer and Country Boys, Beer Haiku Daily and BeerMason should be interested by this other brew by Izu Kogen Brewery in Ito City, Izu Peninsula!

Izu Kogen Brewery “Omuro” (ale)

Ingredients: Grain Malt, Hops
Alcohol: 5%
Contents: 300ml
Live yeast, unfiltered, unpasteurized.

Clarity: Slightly smoky (live yeast)
Colour: Orange
Foam: Very short head, fine bubbles
Aroma: Bread, oranges
Taste: Light. Oranges, persimmons, bread, grapefruit.
Short tail. Finishes with little welcome acidity and more oranges

Overall: Refreshing, quickly drunk.
Thirst-quenching beer!

Izu Kogen Brewery
413-0231 Ito City, Tomito, 1103-21
Tel.: 0120-513-540, 0557-513000
Fax: 0557-513001
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Shizuoka Beer 5: Izu Koogen Brewery


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Izu Peninsula and especially Izu Koogen (part of Ito City) is renown for its great natural water. No wonder it counts no less than three micro-breweries!
Izuo Koogen Brewery has three restaurants to provide beer with (you can buy the beer at Ito JR Station, too!), but the best is probably Izu Koogen Biiru Honten, that is their main restaurant cum brewery cum shop.

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located along the main thoroughfare, the restaurant is very busy even on week days.
One can both enjoy Japanese food and European/American fare.
If you want to challenge Japanese food I recommend you to try the “mini donburi set”.
Plenty for big appetites!

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But guys like Good Beer and Country Boys must try the sample set with a plate of sausages and some fried potatoes! Don’t go for the small set. Order the 6-glass sample set comprising of three regular beers, two seasonal ones and one sparkling fruit beer!

To your health (and safe driving!)

Izu Kogen Brewery
413-0231 Ito City, Tomito, 1103-21
Tel.: 0120-513-540, 0557-513000
Fax: 0557-513001
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Shizuoka Beer 5/2: Izu Kogen Brewery


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Good Beer and Country Boys and Beer Haiku Daily should be interested to know that Izu Kogen Brewery in Ito City, Izu Peninsula not only brews beer but serve very adequate food at their restaurant cum brewery!

Last time I went there (Posting coming soon!) I bought a few bottles I had not tasted yet:

Izu Kogen Brewery Black Beer (Kuro Biiru)

Ingredients: Grain Malt, Hops
Alcohol: 5%
Contents: 300ml
Live yeast, unfiltered.

Clarity: Smoky (live yeast)
Colour: Very dark brown, almost black
Foam: Very short head, fine bubbles
Aroma: Bread, blueberries
Taste: Kalhua, a hint of caramel. Welcome acidity. Comparatively light for a stout.

Overall: Very easy to drink in spite of its stout nature.
Can be drunk at all times.
A beer for all seasons and food.

Izu Kogen Brewery
413-0231 Ito City, Tomito, 1103-21
Tel.: 0120-513-540
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Shizuoka Breweries 8/2: Usami Brewery


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This is the 8th Micro Brewery in Shizuoka Prefecture I finally have ascertained. So far, I have nine confirmed! Usami Micro-Brewery and Restaurant are located in Ito City, Usami in the Izu Peninsula where great water is plentiful!
This is the second tasting:

Usami Brewery: Molda (Czech Type)
Ingredients: Malt and hops
Alcohol: 4.5%
Contents: 330 ml
Unpasteurized

Foam: short head, fine bubbles disappear quickly
Clarity: Very clear
Colour: dark orange, rich colour
Aroma: light, citruses.
Taste: Light attack and tangy, citruses.
Refreshing
Does not vary with food and stays faithful to first taste.

Overall: A beer for the Summer. Thirst-quenching.
Easy and pleasant to drink.
Probably will please the Japanese more than expats, especially Europeans.

Usami Brewery
European ji Beer Company
Ito City, Usami, 3504-1
Tel.: 0557-33-0333
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

Ekiben/Railway Station Lunch Boxes-Bento 3: Bankama


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”Ekiben” or Railway Station Lunch Box (eki=station + ben/abbreviation for bento)in Japan and Shizuoka are a must for travellers who wish to experience real local food!
Shizuoka has a higher average because of the great numbers of railway stations and access to many kinds of food and ingredients.
The Missus purchased that particular one at Ito City Railway Station on October 23rd.

It is called “Bonkama”.

It consists of steamed sushi rice flavoure with rice vinegar, scrambled egg, “Tai/snapper (vinegared)”, “Shiitake Mushroom”, “Ebi/boiled shrimp”, “Renkon/Lotus root”, “kuri/chestnut”, “Tobikko/Flying Fish Roe”, Lemon, and “Amasu Syoga/Ginger pickled in sweet vinegar”


Provided with chopsticks and tooth pick, it made for a great lunch while visiting the Izu Kougen shoreline!