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alcohol vending machine, Hotel Unizo Kanda
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alcohol vending machine, Hotel Unizo Kanda
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From: Matt on 2011-09-26 14:51:58
UPDATED COMMENT (had to hack my gallery script, it was silently deleting comments over 1024 characters): left to right, top to bottom, these are Asahi Super Dry beer in small and large cans, Nikka Whisky and Water, Asahi Clear, and Asahi Slat in Lemon, White Peach, and Grapefruit flavours. Asahi Super Dry beer is not bad for what it is, but it's a style of beer I'm not fond of, and often the only beer you can get in Japan. Most places that serve beer just serve "beer," not any specific named kind, and it usually turns out to be Asahi Super Dry. By the end of my trip I was pretty sick of it, and when I went to the mock-British pub with my white friends on one of my last nights in Japan and they asked me what kind of beer I wanted, I said "Anything except Asahi Super Dry!" and they just laughed. It tastes like Budweiser. Like Budweiser it is made from a mixture of barley and rice, and in fact, many of my Japanese friends in North America like Budweiser because it tastes like Japanese beer. Asahi Clear (I didn't know this at the time but have researched it on the Net subsequently) is a "happoshu"-type beverage legally classified as a "liqueur," though in no way resembling what that word normally refers to in English. That is, it's basically a synthetic product containing a small amount of actual beer, most of its alcohol being generic grain spirits, and flavoured to taste like beer, while qualifying for a lower tax rate than actual beer. I haven't tried it, but can imagine. I've tried Asahi Slat and that is truly horrible. Nikka Whisky and Water is the only product here I can recommend; it is a lot better than you might expect for canned premixed whisky and water.