Move over sake, Japan is experimenting with a new drink: beer! Early this summer, Slate featured an article about the booming beer business in Japan, a country that is mostly known for its “rice wine.” Tonight’s talk titled Japan’s Beer Revolution: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Japanese Craft Brewing discusses this fascinating topic including how many breweries experiment with flavors such as ginger and yuzu, and also how this industry saw a 12 percent retail increase in 2010. Following the talk will be a tasting that will feature more than 20 kinds of beer from at least 10 breweries including Baird Beer, Brooklyn Brewery, Dieu du Ciel, Echigo Beer Company, Ise Kadoya, Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino), and Stone Brewing Co. Some of the beers will be specially brewed using gourmet Japanese ingredients.

Wed., Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m., 2011