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Tag Archives: Japan

• Blast off! Suntory whisky’s going to space!

Blast off! Suntory whisky’s going to space!

Getting ahead of the game, Japanese booze behemoth Suntory Holdings is sending  six samples of its kickass whisky and other alcoholic beverages to the International Space Station in August. Suntory is sending up the samples for a year as it wants to check out how these samples age in zero gravity. Then, back at home assuming […]

• Suntory Launches collagen beer in Japan. Hey, here next!

Suntory Launches collagen beer in Japan. Hey, here next!

Japanese producer Suntory is telling women to drink themselves beautiful using a new beer laced with collagen – the protein linked to skin firmness. With advertisements claiming that “guys can tell if a girl is taking collagen or not”, the 5% abv beer apparently contains two grams of collagen per can. Named “Precious”, the company has yet to […]

• How (not) to Drink the World’s Best Whisky

How (not) to Drink the World’s Best Whisky

The first thing you notice is the smell: rich, deep, and mysterious. And somehow, both fresh and musty at the same time. It’s a scent that immediately piques your curiosity. CNN’s On the Road Japan team visited Japan’s oldest whisky distillery just outside Kyoto to learn more about a spirit that’s just been named the […]

• World’s First Successful Genome Analysis of Beer Hops

World’s First Successful Genome Analysis of Beer Hops

Suntory Global Innovation Center Limited (President, Member of the Board: Masato Arishiro) has succeeded in analyzing the genome of hop (Humulus lpulus) for the first time in the world in a joint effort with the Czech Republic’s Hop Research Institute, the Iwate Biotechnology Research Center, the Suntory Foundation for Life Sciences and Suntory System Technology […]

• Medical Oddities: You Can Brew Beer In Your Digestive Tract

Medical Oddities: You Can Brew Beer In Your Digestive Tract

Imagine- your wife begins to think you’re a closet alcoholic, so she purchases a breathalyzer to test your blood alcohol content (BAC) throughout the day. Your doctors concur with her assessment, thinking you’re sneaking off into dark corners to imbibe without the judging eyes of the world to condemn you. The only problem, you really […]

• Beam Suntory distributing whisky brands in U.S. as of July 1

Beam Suntory distributing whisky brands in U.S. as of July 1

In both markets, distribution of brands including Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whisky, Bowmore and Auchentoshan single-malt Scotch whisky, and Midori will transition from current third-party distribution arrangements to the company’s own routes to market. As the company’s brands are already distributed together in Japan, the Beam Suntory portfolio will now be combined in markets […]

• The Surprising History of Making Alcohol a Powdered Substance

The Surprising History of Making Alcohol a Powdered Substance

A startup is seeking approval to sell alcohol in tiny inconspicuous packets. But the science is decades old. Palcohol—a new form of powderized alcohol—has gotten plenty of buzz (albeit perhaps not the kind it intended) from both fans and a number of alarmed scientists, politicians and parents after its label was temporarily approved by  the U.S. Alcohol and […]

• How Japanese Single Malts Surpassed Scotland’s Finest

How Japanese Single Malts Surpassed Scotland’s Finest

My first sip of a great Japanese single-malt whisky was back in 2004, when the 18-year-old Yamazaki was first introduced into the U.S. I found its suave smoothness and elegance as sleek as a new Lexus. It had the familiar spicy, caramel-and-honey notes of a luxury single malt from Scotland but with its own exotic […]

• This Bar Will Ban Tipping And Just Pay A Living Wage

This Bar Will Ban Tipping And Just Pay A Living Wage

The Public Option is a new brewpub that will be open in Washington, DC by late summer or early fall. But according to the Washington City Paper, it will also be unique: it will ban customers from tipping and instead simply pay its workers a living wage. Owner Bill Perry will pay workers at least […]

• Beer Hop Leaves Could Fight Dental Diseases

Beer Hop Leaves Could Fight Dental Diseases

Hop leaves discarded during the beer brewing process could help fight dental diseases, a scientific report has claimed. According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, the light green leaves of hops, found on the flowers that give beer its bitterness, contain antioxidants that could help fight dental diseases. Scientists from […]

• Jim Beam is huge get for Suntory. Indeed.

Jim Beam is huge get for Suntory. Indeed.

With its purchase of the maker of the Jim Beam brand, Japan’s Suntory Holdings has its eyes on both American culture — and global sales. You can offer a toast to this mega-deal for its sheer audacity. And its cultural smarts. With news that the Japanese whiskey and beer giant Suntory Holdings has agreed to […]

• Suntory of Japan Buys Maker of Jim Beam for $13.6 Billion

Suntory of Japan Buys Maker of Jim Beam for $13.6 Billion

Suntory, a privately held giant known for producing Japan’s first whiskey, has agreed to acquire the maker of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbons and Teacher’s and Laphroaig Scotch whiskies, for $13.6 billion. Suntory, based in Osaka, is offering Beam shareholders $83.50 a share in cash, 25 percent above am’s closing stock price on Friday. […]

• Never Drink Alone Again Because Now There’s Wine for Cats

Never Drink Alone Again Because Now There’s Wine for Cats

You never have to drink alone again, because now you can drink with your cats. At least in Japan you can, because a Japanese company called B&H Lifes has begun selling wine made specifically for cats. This special feline libation is called “Nyan Nyan Nouveau.” As Kotaku reports, “nyan nyan” is the Japanese equivalent of “meow meow.”

• This device gives any beer a head, makes it taste better

This device gives any beer a head, makes it taste better

The Sonic Foamer is a device that can give any beer a head in seconds, improving its aroma and taste. The craft beer movement has taken off in a big way in the past few years, elevating ale drinking to newly refined levels. We recently wrote about the Dual Beer Glass, designed to improve the […]

• Belgian Brewery Buys Craft Beer Boulevard Brewing Company

Belgian Brewery Buys Craft Beer Boulevard Brewing Company

As European interest in American craft beers begins to mirror the mania for them stateside, the Duvel Moortgat Brewery of Belgium on Thursday announced a deal to buy the Boulevard Brewing Company, a craft brewery in Kansas City, Mo. The acquisition of Boulevard will give Duvel, pronounced DOO-vel, ownership of a large United States craft […]