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Tag Archives: Tokyo

• Dig This! Suntory Whiskey Makes Amazing 3D Printed Ice Cubes

Dig This! Suntory Whiskey Makes Amazing 3D Printed Ice Cubes

Novelty-shaped ice cubes are nothing new, but it’s safe to say that you’ve never seen them as impressive as this before. 3D on the Rocks is the latest ad campaign for Japanese liquor company Suntory, a brand who specializes in whiskey. They collaborated with advertising agency TBWAHakuhodo to create the world’s first 3D-milled ice cubes. […]

• Going to São Paulo? Scotland’s BrewDog opens craft beer bar

Going to São Paulo? Scotland’s BrewDog opens craft beer bar

Scottish brewer BrewDog is today officially opening a bar in São Paulo in Brazil as part of the expansion of its estate across the UK and overseas. With a capacity of 140, the new BrewDog Bar features 15 beers on tap, including its own BrewDog beers and WayDog, a session pale ale made by Brazilian […]

• Who Is Paolo Basso? Why He’s Just The World’s Best Sommelier

Who Is Paolo Basso? Why He’s Just The World’s Best Sommelier

Swiss-Italian sommelier Paolo Basso has been hailed the champion of the 14th World’s Best Sommelier competition in Japan. The event, held by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale every three years, took place in Tokyo. Basso, who works at Conca Balla in Vacallo on the Swiss-Italian border, had to beat off competition from 53 other […]

• Booze and Buddhism Offered Up in Tokyo Vowz Bar

Booze and Buddhism Offered Up in Tokyo Vowz Bar

Japanese Buddhist monk Yoshinobu Fujioka enjoys bringing his congregation together, one cocktail at a time. Fujioka owns the 23-seat “Vowz Bar” in central Tokyo, where Buddhist chants replace karaoke songs and the shaven-headed bartenders serve up sermons and homilies along with the drinks. “People would gather in a Buddhist temple and drink together, we’ve just […]

• Love wine? Apartment comes with a sommelier…in Tokyo

Love wine? Apartment comes with a sommelier…in Tokyo

Developer breaks ground on a Tokyo complex designed especially for oenophiles. The underground wine cellar will hold 10,000 bottles. Workers have broken ground on an apartment building in Tokyo designed especially for wine lovers in Tokyo, complete with an on-site sommelier, ground-floor wine bar and bistro. It’s a luxurious concept for serious oenophiles. The 10-story […]

• Japanese Sake Makers Shake Off Tradition, Try Brewing Craft Beer

Japanese Sake Makers Shake Off Tradition, Try Brewing Craft Beer

Until recently, if you ordered Japanese beer, there weren’t many to choose from. Before the industry was deregulated in the 1990s, four major brewers — Asahi, Suntory, Sapporo and Kirin – controlled the manufacture of Japanese beer. But the major brands’ domination is ebbing, for reasons that have as much to do with Japan’s ancient […]

• Whisky Welcomes Female Influence

Whisky Welcomes Female Influence

Scotland’s Isle of Arran Distillers is one of the most recent whisky brands to appoint a female ambassador. Keiko Manni, spirits block leader for Tokyo’s prestigious department store, Isetan, was given the title when she visited the Scottish distillery with her colleague Sueko Yamada, who runs Isetan’s in-store spirits bar. Between them, the two women […]

That’s interesting. A Japanese beer garden sans alcohol

That’s interesting. A Japanese beer garden sans alcohol

Suntory Liquors Ltd. says it will claim a first in Tokyo beer garden history when it opens its own stand this week: No alcohol allowed. The garden at Tokyo’s swanky Midtown shopping complex will not be serving any alcoholic beverages. The only beer on tap will be the Japanese brewery’s All-Free, of which the alcohol […]

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• Kirin’s soft-serve beer sorbet? Ah, technology

Kirin’s soft-serve beer sorbet? Ah, technology

Japan’s Kirin Brewing company is unveiling its “Frozen Agitation” process in Tokyo next month. Will beer ever be the same? Ah, technology. Thanks to its ever-expanding capabilities, we can chat with monkeys, make Jell-O sing, and even share with the world the site of our latest sexual conquest. And soon — O, Lord, yes — […]

• Vinexpo to host first ever consumer event in NYC

Vinexpo to host first ever consumer event in NYC

Vinexpo has unveiled plans to host a consumer event in New York City with a US$180 ticket price. The new exhibition, dubbed Rendez-Vous by Vinexpo, is hoping to attract 6,000 visitors over three days from 16-18 November, just ahead of North America’s major public holiday, Thanksgiving. Speaking at a press briefing in London yesterday, Robert […]

• Roppongi: The Portland of Japan Where Craft Beer Flourishes

Roppongi: The Portland of Japan Where Craft Beer Flourishes

Walking through Tokyo’s garish Roppongi district on my first visit to Japan, I found it remarkably easy to ignore the pulsing high-tech signs promoting electronics, movies, and cars. What caught my eye was probably the most modest ad: a tiny bilingual sandwich board that said “Craft Beer Bar.” When I think of Japanese alcohol, sake […]

• Sapporo Allies With Bacardi Japan for Selling Wine, Rum

Sapporo Allies With Bacardi Japan for Selling Wine, Rum

Sapporo Holdings Ltd. (2501), Japan’s fourth-largest brewer, will ally with Bacardi Japan Ltd. to sell spirits including Dewar’s scotch, targeting 10 billion yen ($124 million) in annual sales of western-style liquor by 2016. Sapporo will be the exclusive Bacardi distributor in the country from Oct. 1, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement. The agreement […]

• Whoa. Guy buys 3011 shots for $36,890 & for complete strangers!

Whoa. Guy buys 3011 shots for $36,890 & for complete strangers!

A TOKYO civil servant humbled brokers missing out on their annual bonus by buying a record $36,890 round of shots at the Geronimo bar. The notorious record of ostentatious drinks-buying by Tokyo’s traders, hedge-fund managers and brokers was smashed on Saturday by Kaz Miura, who shouted the round of shots. Mr Miura, an architect working […]

• Native Koshu Japanese Grapes Making Interesting Wine

Native Koshu Japanese Grapes Making Interesting Wine

THE Japanese have made wine for years, it is just that no one outside Japan wanted to drink it, particularly if it was sweet swill made from a native table grape called koshu. But Ernest Singer thinks koshu deserves a place among the world’s fine white-wine grapes. Mr. Singer, a wine importer based in Tokyo, […]

• Diplomatic Crisis? Too Much Wine

Have you ever wondered what kind of wine diplomats drink at fancy dinner parties as they discuss lofty topics like nuclear non-proliferation and free trade agreements? A recent survey by Japan’s Board of Audit offers a glimpse. As part of its broader effort to uncover wasteful spending at Japanese embassies and consulates around the world, […]