Attention Tokyoites: The Queen’s Isetan chain of supermarkets is running one of their semi-regular imported beer specials. Right now, 330 mL cans of Houjun Monogatari beer are on sale for 188 yen each.
Houjun Monogatari is brewed in Germany according to the Reinheitsgebot, or German Purity Law, meaning that its ingredients are malt and hops, period. None of that rice or cornstarch fuckery that Kirin and the other macrobrewers dilute their suds with.
Taste-wise, Houjun is a decent brew, with a sweetness reminiscent of caramel-infused especial Mexican beers, but with a depth and flavor that the latter lack. It makes a nice sipping beer, and while a little smaller than the average 350 mL-sized can, it’s cheaper and more flavorful than the Kirins and Asahis of the world, may the devil take them.
Queen’s Isetan tends to run specials like these until their inventory runs out (read: I buy and drink it all), so if you’re looking to stock up on something besides the usual J-pilsner, you should give Houjun a try.
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