Trying to keep up with my life and write this blog is pretty hard. For the Keyaki Beer Festival, I had to go and work all day on the first full day as well as the following evening. It was really hard work and while I really enjoyed it, I also wish I could just go for fun in the future. Drinking is hard work, but someone has to do it.
The Keyaki Beer Festival is one of the biggest beer festivals in Japan. It is the place to be if you are in the beer industry or a big beer lover. The more I learn of who the people are within the industry, the more I see them at the Keyaki. The Keyaki is always busy but the people are always friendly. The beer stands are full of people from the companies and you will often see the brewers and other people there. They are all friendly and if there isn’t a big line you can be sure that they will make the time to tell you a bit about their beers.
This year I had a hit list of who I wanted to talk to and I was able to check most of the people off that list. There are people whom I have to talk to and I really do enjoy talking with them. It is really informative and I learn a lot about the industry. When the camera is rolling, it is usually mostly business, but it is also fun to make a few jokes and enjoy talking about things other than beer. I really love hearing their stories and when the cameras are off you can really hear some interesting things.
This edition of the Keyaki also marks the first full year of making videos for Taiheiyogan. It has been an incredible journey and you can definitely see how things have changed with our style. We have grown and we continue to develop. The interviews are now done in both English and Japanese at the same time, so feel free to enjoy it and learn a lot about the different companies. If you are curious about some breweries and what they have it is well worth it to check out our interviews at the Keyaki as you’ll be able to learn even more about the different beers and the companies in Japan.