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Cheers! Ganging up in pursuit of fine pints

Mar 7, 2004

Cheers! Ganging up in pursuit of fine pints

On a Friday night in Tokyo, there’s no place livelier than Shibuya. But on Friday, Feb. 20, four pubs there were far busier than usual thanks to a crowd of revelers on a pub crawl called “Beer Gang” — the inaugural event of the ...

Mixing drinks with 'The Maven of Malt'

Oct 26, 2003

Mixing drinks with 'The Maven of Malt'

Malted barley has no better promoter than the noted English writer Michael Jackson, who has the distinction of being recognized as the world’s foremost writer on the subjects of beer and malt whisky. His early writings on ale more than 30 years ago are ...

Little Myanmar in big Tokyo

Jul 4, 2003

Little Myanmar in big Tokyo

The ongoing ethnic food boom in Tokyo has somehow bypassed some of the most interesting, savory and satisfying food in all of Southeast Asia — the cuisine of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma before the accession of the current military government in 1989). The ...

Jun 30, 2002

Thirsty yet? Head this way

Where to drink it Belgo, Shibuya, (03) 3409-4442 Incredible selection of imported beer, mainly Belgian. Choose your favorite bottle of beer from their huge refrigerator, take it to the counter and pay for it. This nifty self-service system allows you to check the freshness ...

Beers all round!

Jun 30, 2002

Beers all round!

Vast quantities of it have been consumed during the World Cup, but thousands of liters more will be drunk as the heat and humidity of summer kick in. Nothing beats a cold beer on a hot summer day. Forget what you’ve heard about sake ...