I ♥ Beer

10 Apr

I like beer! Especially 麒麟ビール (Kirin Beer).
I drink a can or two everyday with dinner.
I even like 発泡酒 (low-malt beer), which is popular in Japan because it’s taxed much lower than regular beer…and therefore cheaper. (Actually, all of the beers mentioned in this post are 発泡酒 (low-malt beer)).

My favorite beer is 「麒麟淡麗」 (KirinTanrei“):

麒麟淡麗生

But I’m not picky. I’ll drink any* beer.

麒麟ビール (Kirin Beer) is currently selling my favorite 「淡麗」 (“Tanrei“) beer in special cans for the upcoming 2010 Soccer World Cup which will be hosted by South Africa. (Japan co-hosted the 2002 Soccer World Cup games with South Korea, by the way.)

The special “2010 Soccer World Cup” edition 麒麟ビール (Kirin Beer) cans show the JFA (Japan Football (Soccer) Association) logo.

Kirin "2010 World Cup" special-edition beer cans.

Kirin "2010 World Cup" special-edition beer cans.

Another beer that I like is the fairly new 「麒麟ストロングセブン」 (“Kirin Strong Seven”), which has 7% alcohol level (compared to the usual 5.5% of regular Japanese beer)!

Kirin "Strong Seven" Beer with 7% alcohol.

Kirin "Strong Seven" Beer with 7% alcohol.

* I said above that I’ll drink any beer. There are exceptions…I don’t like lite beers or non-alcoholic beers. 麒麟ビール (Kirin Beer) has recently introduced one of each into their line-up. I won’t be buying either of these!

One is their new lite beer called 「麒麟ゼロ」 (“Kirin Zero“).
It’s called “Zero” because it contains 糖質ゼロ (zero carbohydrates) and カロリーオフ (low calories). It’s also only 3% alcohol.

"Kirin Zero" lite beer. (No thanks.)

"Kirin Zero" lite beer. (No thanks.)

The other is 「キリンフリー」 (“Kirin Free“). This is a ノンアルコール (alcoholic free) beer.
It contains “0.00% alcohol“.

Kirin's "alcohol-free" beer. (Not for me).

Kirin's "alcohol-free" beer. (Not for me).

Have you ever tried any of these? What type (and brand) of beer do you drink?

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21 Responses to “I ♥ Beer”

  1. Lisa April 15, 2009 at 1:13 am #

    Very interesting subject! I am a “stout girl”, drinking mainly Guinness, wonder if it is popular in Japan?
    Here in France, the famous Japanese beers are Saporo and Asahi, I am glad to see there are others, and I will taste them all!!!

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  2. Jiro April 14, 2009 at 12:06 am #

    Tokyo Fiveさん

    Please excuse my rudeness.

    I have never been to America.
    I have never been to Europe.
    Actually I’ve never been abroad.

    My English is extremely broken.
    And I’m sure my sentences are full of mistakes.
    But I’ll do my best to write English.
    Because, I’d really like to communicate with you.

    And I’d like to ask you many questions about the US.
    Very very simple & easy questions, like…

    Do Americans take off their shoes at home?
    Do they take a bath Japanese style?
    Do they eat while walking?
    Don’t they bow Japanese style?
    Do they have guns at home?

    And many others

    See you tomorrow, Tokyo Fiveさん
    I will explain about the Kanji question No.2 tomorrow.

    Sleep tight.

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    • tokyo5 April 14, 2009 at 9:45 pm #

      >Do Americans take off their shoes at home?

      Not usually. Watch a Hollywood movie and you can notice their shoes on indoors.

      >Do they take a bath Japanese style?
      Don’t they bow Japanese style?

      As you wrote, those are both “Japanese style“. 🙂

      >Do they eat while walking?

      In America, it’s OK. But, ironically. in Japan it’s OK to walk with a beer in your hand…but it’s less common in America.

      >Do they have guns at home?

      Since it’s legal in America, many people do.

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  3. Jiro April 13, 2009 at 11:05 pm #

    Tokyo Five,
    You’re exceedingly smart.

    There’s one more.

    Click here.
    http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~tokyo5/faq.html#years

    This is also a Kanji quiz.

    I like your blog.
    Because you are a wonderful person.

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    • tokyo5 April 14, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

      >There’s one more.
      Click here.
      http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~tokyo5/faq.html#years

      You’re not serious, right?
      The only kanji there is 「平成」 , 「昭和」 and 「年」…and I have them all correct there.

      >you are a wonderful person

      HAHAHA. Thanks.
      And so are you, I’m sure.

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      • Jiro April 15, 2009 at 12:06 am #

        Tokyo Five

        http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~tokyo5/faq.html#years

        Scroll the screen down to the Japan’s holidays first.

        Then starting from January, look well month by month.

        And then you can find it.

        Good luck.        by ジローちゃん

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      • tokyo5 April 15, 2009 at 12:40 am #

        >Scroll the screen down to the Japan’s holidays

        Oh, so then the link is actually:
        http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~tokyo5/faq.html#holidays

        You’re right. Another typo. (-_-;)
        「憲法記念日」ですね。

        ありがとう。

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  4. Jiro April 13, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    Hello, Tokyo Five.
    There is one mistake in this post.
    Where is it?

    My name is Jiro Tanaka (田中二郎)
    I live in Osaka, Japan.
    See you soon.

    Hint : a Kanji mistake

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    • tokyo5 April 13, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

      田中さん、
      Oh, a typo! Thanks. I just fixed it. (とうしつ=糖質).

      If you find anymore typos on my site, let me know again!

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  5. sixmats April 13, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    Dude – Kinmugi! 金麦

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    • tokyo5 April 13, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

      …means “Gold Barley”. 🙂

      Do you like Suntory beer?

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  6. cuteandcurls April 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm #

    Absolutely agree!

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  7. cuteandcurls April 11, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    Nothing uncultured about drinking out of a can 😀 I drink out of a can myself 🙂 …best way to enjoy a good cold beer!! KAMPAI!

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    • tokyo5 April 11, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

      As long as it’s cold, I don’t care whether it’s in a can, bottle or mug!

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  8. bartman905 April 11, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    > I just drink it out of the can. Am I uncultured?

    No, you just ♥ (any) beer! You’re title is perfect, you didn’t say I ♥ Bottled Beer, I ♥ Draft Beer, I ♥ Canned Beer, I ♥ Beer on Tap, etc. – you said “I ♥ Beer”! Perfect 🙂

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  9. gigihawaii April 10, 2009 at 1:42 am #

    ugh! Canned beer. David and I refuse to drink canned beer. Bottled beer for us!

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    • tokyo5 April 10, 2009 at 11:23 pm #

      To me canned beer is good. Canned, bottled, draft…I like any.

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    • Eric April 11, 2009 at 12:50 am #

      Canned beer is fine. Just pour it into a cold glass. No problem!

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      • tokyo5 April 11, 2009 at 1:11 am #

        I just drink it out of the can. Am I uncultured?

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