Sunday, August 26, 2012

Weird Japan: Goya Dry Beer?

Japan is a country known for many things, one of them being strange beverages. Every summer, Pepsi comes out with weird and occasionally wonderful limited time flavours. Breweries make limited time beers and a walk through any convenience store in Japan will leaving you happy and confused while looking at the overall beverage selection.

A few days ago I wandered into a Lawson convenience store here in Kobe and was shocked to see Goya Beer on the shelve. Goya or "bitter melon" in English, is an extremely bitter vegetable that I am not particularly fond of, is used to give the beer a bitter edge.

I chose not to buy the beer. if you dislike goya as much as I do, you probably would have as well.

Since I didn't buy a can, I can't tell you how it tastes. I do however have a coworker who fancies himself a "beer afficiando" and he said it "Tastes like barf!"

If you are wondering, Goya Dry is made by Helios Distillery Co. in Okinawa, Japan.

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Jack of all Hobbies said...

I almost feel like daring you to make another bad beer review with Kansai PJ.
However, you're probably right.... life is too short to drink terrible beer.

gaijinwife said...

OMG - that is heinous. Who would put Goya with Beer? Why? make yourself feel like you are making a healthy, if not barf worthy, experience. Yuk. Glad you didn't waste your money :)

Blue Shoe said...

Interesting! A friend of mine was in Japan a couple months ago and sent me pictures of tomato beer. Wish I had seen/sampled some of these weird flavors when I was over there!

city said...

thanks for sharing.

Akazuki Japanese goods shop said...

I tried and I have to say iot tastes AWFUL but for Goya you should try with tuna and mayo!

Jackofallhobbies said...

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Kevin.

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