On my way back from Hiroshima, I discovered a new beer that I had never heard of, Miyajima Beer. I saw it at the station and since I’m a sucker for trying new types of beer, I thought I would give it a try. I was sadly disappointed. It was a ji-biru and not a craft beer that I had hoped to have. Then again, it could just be that I didn’t enjoy the beer because it isn’t the style that I like.
The Caramel Blonde is, as the name says, an infusion of caramel into a blonde beer. The colour, from what I could make out from the can, was definitely not a blonde. It was darker due to the caramel but the flavour was too sweet. There was no hop flavour to the beer and I was a bit disappointed. It felt like I was drinking a sweet American beer, and not something I would enjoy these days.
Miyajima Beer has the potential to improve and I only tried one of their beers. This by no means makes me an expert or an authority on their beers. I can only say that based on my own personal preferences, the Caramel Blonde is not my drink. I might give them another try, but compared to Kure Beer, if I had to make a choice, I’d choose Kure Beer.
Note: Ji-biru is synonymous with craft beer in Japan, but that is changing. Ji-biru is literally translated as “local beer” and is often a gimmick of a local town trying to get people to buy souvenirs. Craft beer, as a name in katakana, is growing and serious companies are trying to use it as a mark of quality.