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Japan Booze Blind: Nippon Craft Beer Festival (Part I)

Christopher Pellegrini talks to Ry Beville of the Japan Beer Times at the Nippon Craft Beer Festival

The “Nippon Craft Beer Festival 2010” took place on October 31st at Sumida Riverside Hall near Asakusa station and the Asahi building with that weird golden sperm flying on top of it.

Giant sperm aside, it was a great party that featured several dozen taps and a whole lot of craft beer goodness. The place was pretty well packed, but we still managed to interview some of the key people in the Japanese craft beer world.

The highlights? Good beer and plenty of it. Good people, too!

First up in this series of short interviews about craft beer and where it may be going in Japan is Ry Beville, a magazine publisher (The Japan Beer Times and ko-e) and craft beer insider who has a penchant for pairing good beer and good music.

The video is a glimpse into what’s brewing in Japan and where things need to go from here.

If you’re interested in that t-shirt that Ry is wearing, then click here.

Watch Part II of the video here.

Japan Booze Blind: Baird Fall Beers

Host Christopher Pellegrini discusses fall beers with the Baird Nakameguro Taproom’s Marco McFarren.

Following up on our Summer Beers episode shot earlier this year at the Nakameguro Taproom, Baird’s Marco McFarren kindly invited us back for a quick run-through some of their maltier selections.

In this video Marco introduces Christopher to Big Red Machine, Angry Boy Brown Ale and their Baltic Porter, all of which are currently on tap at the Nakameguro and Harajuku Taprooms. As the mercury continues to fall in Tokyo, these richer ales match the weather outside as perfectly as the summer ales did back in July. Read more

Japan Booze Blind: Baird Summer Beers

Host Christopher Pellegrini discusses summer beers with the Baird Nakameguro Taproom’s Marco McFarren.

Baird Beer’s Nakameguro Taproom is a shining beacon for beer-o-philes around Tokyo and is doing its best to broaden that group, not only through events such as tastings and seminars, but through serving some of the best beer in the country.

There are currently 28 beers on tap, all but a few Baird’s own. The few guest beers are also high-quality microbrews. Most beers are 900 yen a pint, with some at 1000 yen and some in slightly differently-sized glasses (depending on type). Smaller sizes and tasters are available. Read more

Japan Booze Blind: Oktoberfest

Host Christopher Pellegrini samples some of the many beers on offer at the 2010 Oktoberfest in Hibiya Park, Tokyo. But which was his favorite?

Tokyo Bites: Oktoberfest

Despite some unseasonably wet weather, Christopher Pellegrini joins in the revelry at this year’s Oktoberfest in Hibiya Park, Tokyo.

Tokyo Bites: 2010 Thai Festival

Rachael White reports from the 2010 Thai Festival in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo.

Tokyo Bites: 2010 Thai Festival from Japan Eats on Vimeo.

Japan Booze Blind: Third type beer

Guests Joe Nakamura and Rachael White join host Christopher Pellegrini in deciding which beers aren’t beers at all…

Video release schedule

Japaneats.tv has been up and running for a couple of months now, and we’ve been thrilled by the response to the site. Looking at the stats, its clear that there’s an audience for what we’re doing, and we want to thank you for your support.

A number of people have been asking about our video release schedule. How often do we release episodes to the site/iTunes?

We’re aiming to release our videos every two weeks, usually on a Wednesday morning (Tokyo time). Naturally, this won’t always be possible due to public holidays or key personnel running off overseas. Nevertheless, we’ll do our best be consistent with our video updates.

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Japan Booze Blind: Umeshu

Guests Simon Pengilly and James Steele join host Christopher Pellegrini in testing three types of umeshu.

Japan Booze Blind: Umeshu from Japan Eats on Vimeo.

Japan Booze Blind: White Ale

Guests Garrett DeOrio and James Steele join host Christopher Pellegrini in testing three types of white ale.