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Two beer festivals!

By Vivian Morelli

Two beer festivals in one weekend? Beer, and more beer!

This long weekend, say goodbye to the summer (and hopefully the everlasting heat) while guzzling a few pints under the September sun.

The Yebisu Beer Festival – those guys aught to know how to organise a party at a former brewery – is a 4-day event aiming to raise funds for the quake relief in Tohoku: all the proceeds from draft beer sales will be directed at the cause. Although the only type of beer they feature is Yebisu on tap, a new addition labeled “Cafe and Bar Corner” will serve iced coffee and a variety of cocktails and light snacks.

If you’re looking for a wider selection, hop on the train to Yokohama for the Great Japan Beer Festival, presented by the Japan Craft Beer Association. The entrance ticket provides you with a 50ml tasting glass, with which you can taste an unlimited amount of microbrews over the next three and a half hours. Over 200 varieties of beers are offered, and we’ve already spotted some of the list’s must-try/most curious flavours and undertones (see full listing here): goya, grapefruit, ume, blueberry, raspberry, nuts and apple to name a few.

Yebisu Beer Festival 

When: Sept. 14-17 (Sept. 14: 17:00-21:00, Sept. 15-17 11:30-21:00)

Where: Yebisu Garden Place (see map below)

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Great Japan Beer Festival

When: Sept. 15-17 (Sept. 15 14:30-18:00, Sept 16-17 12:30-16:30)

How much: ¥4,700 door ¥4,300 in advance

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