In Japan, beer is pronounced (bee-ru) with bee being elongated. If you pronounce it short (beeru), you will be talking about buildings.
Anyway, during the summers here, there are beer gardens, usually located at the top of department stores or hotels, where you pay a flat rate then drink and eat all you want.
Usually the men pay more than the women, but if you are woman with a hearty appetite and can drink a lot, you can usually get your monies worth and more.
When we first moved to Japan, we checked out these beer gardens, but the food is kind of junk and not worth the price you pay. Plus, if it rains, there are no refunds.
I've heard that some places in Europe like their beer room temperature, but in Japan the beer is served ice cold, sometimes so cold you can get brain freeze.
I wanted to share with you some of the beer we have been enjoying with our pupu (appetizer) style dinners.
Heineken Dark Lager 355 ml, 5% alchohol from Holland. I bought this on sale at Yamaya for 278 yen (about US$2.78). I didn't care for this one, even though it was dark it didn't have much depth or punch.
Fuller's ESB, 330 ml, 6% alchohol from England, also from Yamaya on sale 188 yen (about US$1.88). This beer was fruity, so-so for me.
Paulaner's Oktoberfest Bier, 6% alchohol from Germany, also on sale at Yamaya for 298 yen (about US$2.98). Though this one was pale, it had a nice punch to it.
If you have been drinking beer, what types have you been drinking?