Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:35:00 GMT

Beer, quasi-beer shipments continue to steadily tumble
The Japan News
In the first nine months of the year, shipments fell 2.5 percent for beer, 4.2 percent for happoshu low-malt quasi-beer and 1.5 percent for so-called third-segment beerlike beverages with little or no malt content. In July-September, beer and quasi ...

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 01:31:00 GMT


New Taxes Could Trigger a Japanese Craft Beer Renaissance
So the biggest breweries, including Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. and Kirin Holdings Co., sell knockoffs, called happoshu (meaning bubbly spirits), or third beer, that may use peas, corn, or soybeans to reduce the amount of flavorful malt. “A lot of time ...

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Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:15:53 GMT

The Japan Times

Changes to liquor tax law may inspire new uniquely flavored beers
The Japan Times
Beverages that include other materials are currently available, but they have to be labeled happoshu (quasi-beer). Under the new definition, products using newly permitted ingredients can be categorized as beer unless the proportion of the ingredient ...