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Top 5 Japanese Daisans (Third-category beer)

After ranking my Top 5 Japanese beers and Top 5 Japanese Happoshus here are my Top 5 Japanese Daisans.Daisans are very low malt content alcoholic drinks (sometimes called “Third-Category Beers” or “Liqueurs“). Japanese tax on alcohol varies depending on the malt content for some reason, and this type of drink has become very popular in […]


McDonalds and Asahi Join Forces in Asahi Clear Campaign

McDonalds in Japan and Asahi Breweries Ltd have joined forces in a what some might consider a dream promotional campaign. Although those that have tried the Asahi Clear daisan (beer-like drink) from Asahi might have a different opinion. 6-packs and crates of 24 Clear Asahi come with a scratch card (or a Pick-Up Card as […]


Summer in Japan – Hanabi and Suntory

Unlike in, say England, where we do fireworks when it’s cold and miserable in November, in Japan the fireworks season is the height of summer. In fact our city’s fireworks display and matsuri (festival) is tonight. To celebrate the fireworks (hanabi 花火 in Japanese) season, Suntory have released a new design for their Kinmugi (Rich […]


Barreal – ¥88 Fake Beer from Aeon

With the on-coming onslaught of the unbearably humid Japanese summer Beer manufacturers in Japan are finding ways to maximise their sales, and big supermarket chain Aeon recently launched a ¥88 ($1) daisan (beer-like drink) onto the market. Tax on alcohol is (compared to say the UK) very cheap, with whiskeys and other spirits in off-licenses […]


Two New Daisans From Orion Brewery

I came home from work the other day and found two new daisan’s (Japanese third-category beers) from Orion Brewery in Okinawa in the fridge. Actually my wife found them in the supermarket that day, Orion Brewery didn’t send me them unfortunately, which would have been nice. Orion beers in mainland Japan are distributed by Asahi […]

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