Portland’s awesome, there’s no doubt about it. A good balance of nature and city, plenty of food trucks and breweries, shops and recycle shops, the list goes on and on. But what surprised me was the Whole Foods in downtown Portland has Japanese beers that aren’t Sapporo or Kirin Ichiban. They are still supermarket beers, but they’re seasonal ones and have a more artsy label than the traditional ones. The flavors are also not bad, though in terms of crafts beers, they still have a long way to go. I’ve tried all the beers pictured, and they are definitely worth the try just for the experience. As for the taste, potentness, and the wholesome-ness, I’ll leave that to you to decide.
- Suiyoubi no Neko (水曜日のネコ Translation: Wednesday Cat)
- Aooni IPA
- Yuzu Ale
I know that the availability of Japanese alcohol and beers aren’t a rarity in the U.S. Neither are Japanese-themed places like izakaya or Yakiniku. But looking back at the early 2000’s when most Japanese restaurants were Chinese restaurants in disguise, with only American cheap beers available on the menu, this is a big improvement.
Anyways, check out these pictures of the Japanese alcohol selection, the prices aren’t bad!