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A Look at the Most Famous Beers of Japan

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Do you prefer to eat your sushi while sipping on an authentic Japanese beer? Whether you prefer a vegetarian cucumber roll or opt for fresh sashimi, a light and refreshing beer perfectly complements any selection of sushi rolls. Here is a look at Japan’s three most popular beer offerings:


If you love Japanese cuisine, you are probably familiar with Sapporo’s trademark 22-ounce silver can. Traditionally poured into a tall, frosty pint glass, this pale gold and highly carbonated ale offers a crisp and clean taste for even the most discerning palate. While the Japanese drink Sapporo with everything from miso soup to fried rice, this beer is especially delicious with sashimi or sushi rolls as its mild, subtle flavor allows fresh fish and vegetarian offerings to shine.


As Sapporo’s biggest Japanese competitor, Asahi last year wrested back the top brewer spot and is officially deemed the most popular beer in Japan. For sushi lovers who prefer a slightly stronger taste, Asahi provides a golden yellow pour with earthy, grassy tones. This slightly sweet ale is especially refreshing during the warm spring and summer months, and its moderate carbonation goes down easily with a semi-dry middle to finish. Added rice gives Asahi a slightly sake-like, smooth taste without the spirit’s high alcohol content.


Kirin Ichiban is pure, crisp, and intensely satisfying. This pale American lager-style beer boasts a pure, smooth flavor and pale amber shine crowned with a rich, creamy head. Consistently coming in as one of the best-selling Japanese beers, this bubbly beverage is comprised of faintly sweet malts, a light dry bite, and a barely hoppy grassy bitterness. The high carbonation factor makes this brew an especially fine pairing for sushi.

Are you looking for fresh sushi in the Calgary area? Conveniently located on Macleod Trail, Sho Sushi Bar & Kitchen offers our clients authentic Japanese cuisine served in a contemporary setting. Whether you are craving fresh fish or specialty rolls or vegetable tempura, call us today at (403) 252-5199 to find out what our extensive menu has to offer.

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