Osaka: Craft Beer Live

I like Kansai, I like beer = craft beer live, a festival of craft alcoholic beverages from all over Kansai.

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Karyn invited me to attend the Sunday, it was pretty busy! We had to queue to buy tickets for drinks, one ticket was ¥300 which got you a small cup of beer. Cups were ¥50 for a plastic one or ¥300 for small glass, ¥600 for large.

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As it was the second day of the event some beers had already sold out.

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The poster shows the breweries, sold out drinks and their tasting notes.

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First I tried a Snow Blanche beer as it had a long queue and figured it must be good! Karyn tried mikan beer (strong, not too sweet and sickly!).

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Some gospel group were singing on stage, and were pretty loud. It was super hot so we took shelter under the marquee and chatted.

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KANPAI!

Round 2 brought us a kuro for Karyn and Awajishima rice beer for me.

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We sat by the river and watched a magician make balloon poodles.

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Round 3 was a ume (Japanese plum) beer from the same brewery as the Shiro for me.

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A very red faced salaryman presented Karyn with his left over tickets! Which led to round 4…and a cabernet cider for me.

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By this time the live act had changed to a Japanese hip hop band that were like the Japanese Beastie Boys. Pretty good.

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He thought so too!

I had a good time in the sun with my friend gossiping and drinking, the beers were all good and ones I hadn’t tried before. The price was as expected at these types of events. The crowd was about 40% gaijin, but also to be expected at these type of events!!

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Quick purikura before going home! Hiccup!

More info: http://craftbeerlive.com/

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