Meandering north along winding backstreets takes me to the last stop of the night: Big Love. This record shop has a small coffee stand and three taps serving craft beer from Shiga Kogen, another Nagano brewery. After flipping through some records, I wander over to the bar and order a pint of So Sexy Brown, a brew produced in collaboration with California-based Pizza Port Brewing Co. As with wine, trying to describe the taste of beer can be an ostentatious affair, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that So Sexy Brown tasted of roasted nuts, toffee and burnt rubber — complex and delicious. Big Love may cater primarily to vinyl hounds, but beer snobs have a place here as well.
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