Art & Design

Japanese Beer Tasting at Tsuru

19 November 2014, London

Following the success of our wine and whisky tasting events at Tsuru restaurant, we are offering our members another opportunity to get an insight into the world of contemporary Japanese beverages. This is a chance for Japan Society members and their guests to enjoy an exclusive tutored Japanese beer tasting led by ‘sommALEier’ and international beer judge, Melissa Cole.

Tsuru have selected a line-up of Japanese craft beers (ji-buru) from Yo-Ho Brewery along with a stand-out offering from the London-based Redchurch Brewery. Despite the explosion of craft brewers in Japan, getting hold of their products in the UK remains a challenge; join us and you can sample Yo-Ho brewery’s takes on classic European and American beers accompanied by a menu of dishes tailored to match.

Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo and Suntory continue to dominate Japanese beer sales, but scratch below the surface and you will find a thriving brewery scene. Yo-Ho is one of the award-winning microbreweries that sprang up in the wake of the Japanese beer market deregulation in 1994, and today the company also encompasses a number of other highly acclaimed breweries, the most popular of which will be served on the night.


Shinsu SunSun Organic Lager, 5%
with Beef Jerky and Edamame Beans

Wednesday’s Cat Belgian White Ale, 4.5%
with Prawn or Shiitake Gyoza Dumplings with Yuzu Soy

Indian Ao-oni IPA, 7%
with Chicken Kara age with Eat the Bits chilli oil mayo

Hitachino Nest XH, 8%
with Katsu Curry

Redchurch Old Ford Export Stout, 7.5%
With Chocolate Brownie

Melissa Cole writes extensively about the world’s favourite drink, and is lead partner in London’s only dedicated beer tasting business, lovebeer@borough in Borough Market. She recently released her book Let Me Tell You About Beer: A Beginner’s Guide to All Things Brewed, a no-nonsense guide that cuts through the mystery, myth and complex-sounding terminology surrounding beer to offer simple advice on how to seek out and enjoy the immense range of flavours on offer.

Tsuru Restaurants offer hand-made sushi, authentic katsu curry and other Japanese dishes made by experienced chefs using fresh, sustainable ingredients. More information is available on the Tsuru website. Tsuru’s sister group of specialist ramen bars, Tonkotsu, have just opened a new restaurant in Selfridges Food Hall.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email or submit the online booking form.


£35 per head for Japan Society members and a guest


Booking essential - book online here
Booking deadline – Monday 17 November

19 November 2014, 6:30pm

Tsuru Restaurant Bishopsgate, Broadgate Plaza (off Primrose Street), London EC2M 3AF
Tel: 020 7828 6330

The Japan Society