Japanese beer making started around the 17th Century with the arrival of Dutch traders...
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Japanese beer making started around the 17th Century with the arrival of Dutch traders. Japan accounts for about 3% of the global beer consumption and they have over time developed their very unique style of beer making. With the power house Asahi winning the “dry wars” of the 80’s and 90’s with Asahi Super Dry; Since the mid 90’s Japans laws on brewing relaxed allowing a surge of microbreweries to appear, this has pushed creativity even further.
One such creative brewery is Kiuchi, responsible for the outstanding Hitachino brand. If you are looking for a move away from the usual European style beers, Japan is a great place to look to.