Japanese breweries used to be required to produce at least two million liters of beer per year to get a license. But in 1994, the laws were relaxed and an era of craft beer began.
As an all-around beer snob, I had heard of Kiuchi Brewery in Ibaraki before coming to Japan because my local beer store carried Hitachino Nest Beer, its signature brew.
What I didn’t know was that I could gather up my friends, drive to Ibaraki and brew my own beer in the brewery’s equipment.
Read the rest of the story: Visitors can craft their own beer at Japan’s Kiuchi Brewery.