At long last, the Japanese-language version of Mark Meli’s Craft Beer in Japan: The Essential Guide is finally out. The original book, published in 2013, is definitely the most thorough treatment of the developing craft beer scene available in English.
More than just a translation of the original text, this new book has been updated to include breweries that have opened in Japan during the past 2-3 years. Meli includes listings of over 200 breweries, brewpubs, and beer bars, along with detailed descriptions of more than 100 of them. He also offers insights on the history and development of craft beer in several short essays, and provides a guide to Japanese beer festivals.
Meli pulls no punches when describing breweries and their beer lineups. His evaluations, while certainly subjective, are fair and honest – and this cannot be said of many Japanese craft beer books. This one will guide you to the best places and best beers being made across the nation, and steer you away from those which fall short.
The Kindle version is available HERE at Amazon.com
Hard copies are available on The Japan Beer Times website HERE for ¥2,000 (+¥500 shipping within Japan and ¥1,000 for international shipping).
Drink this book.