Tag Archives: Cheap Beer

Lawson Select Gold Master

Japanese Name: ローソンセレクト ゴールドマスター Brewer: Unnamed Korean brewer in cooperation with Lawson Release: Apr. 21, 2017 Type: Happousei (発泡性) Alcohol: 6% Purchase Price: ¥108 @Lawson Advertisements

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TopValu Barreal Rich Taste

Japanese Name: トップバリュ バーリアル リッチテイスト Brewer: (Unknown Korean brewer, distributed by TopValu) Release: Nov. 11, 2014 Type: Happousei (発泡性) Alcohol: 6% Purchase Price: ¥95 @Aeon Tasting Notes: The newest addition to Aeon Group’s BarReal line is BarReal Rich Taste, a … Continue reading

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Orion Special X

Japanese Name: オリオンスペシャルX(エックス) Brewer: Orion  Release: Jul. 13, 2010 (Original) Type: Liqueur (発泡性) Alcohol: 6% Purchase Price: ¥118 @Aeon Tasting Notes: Beers from Orion do not often make it to mainland Japan. Outside of their standard lager and the occasional … Continue reading

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Sapporo Sozai Ippin

Japanese Name: サッポロ 素材逸品 Brewer: Sapporo Release: May 20, 2014 Type: Happousei (発泡性) Alcohol: 5% Purchase Price: ¥100 @Aeon Tasting Notes: Marking the 40th anniversary of grocery store conglomerate Aeon, Sapporo created this exclusive new genre brew called Sozai Ippin, loosely … Continue reading

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Suntory Akiraku (2013)

One of the third tier brews I pick up each fall is Suntory Akiraku. It’s one of the few ambers on the Japanese market, and since it’s not “beer” it’s cheap. They’ve splashed a new package design on this fall’s … Continue reading

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Kaihai Premium

Japanese Name: 快盃 プレミアム Type: Liqueur (発泡性) Alcohol: 5% Purchase Price: ¥88 @Valor Tasting Notes: Brewed in Korea and sold in Japan by grocery chain Valor as their “in-house” value brew, Kaihai sells for well below what is similarly offered in … Continue reading

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Asahi Direct Shot: refreshing stimulation in your mouth.

Japanese Name: アサヒ ダイレクトショット Brewer: Asahi Release: May 29, 2012 Type: Happousei(発泡性) Alcohol: 5% Purchase Price: ¥139 @7eleven Tasting Notes: Now that we’re in the midst of August, and the heat of the Japanese summer, I found it appropriate to … Continue reading

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Mugi no harmony: cheap beer in a can!

Japanese Name: 麦のハーモニー Brewer: Korean unknown Release: ?? Type: Happousei Alcohol: 5% Purchase Price: ¥88 @Welcia Tasting Notes: While taking a short overnight trip last week, we ended up shopping at a drug store across the street from our hotel. … Continue reading

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TopValu Barreal Lager Beer

Japanese Name: トップバリュ バーリアル ラガービール Brewer: Unnamed Korean brewer in cooperation with TopValu Release: Aug. 8, 2011 Type: Japanese Beer (ビール) Alcohol: 5% Purchase Price: ¥158 @Aeon Tasting Notes: After the success of Barreal released under TopValu, Aeon Group’s private label, several … Continue reading

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TopValu Barreal

Japanese Name: トップバリュ バーリアル Brewer: Unnamed Korean brewer in cooperation with TopValu Release: June 23, 2010 Type: Happousei (発泡性) Alcohol: 5% Purchase Price: ¥88 @Jusco (Aeon Group supermarket) Tasting notes: Private brands have taken off in Japan, as they have in … Continue reading

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