Monday, December 30, 2013

Balcones in Japan

Antenna America is the retail arm of Nagano Trading. Located 5 minutes from Kannai station it's the place to get your fix of American craft beer. They have great selection of craft beer from the likes of Stone, Ballast Point and Bear Republic to name a few. I live quite far from AA so don't visit as often as I'd like to. Still being into craft beer on occasion I certainly appreciate the great prices of beer and light snacks at AA. All my Yokohama based friends however frequently visit and if you are around that area you should too.

What is of interest to me however is the large selection of craft spirits that are available to try and to purchase. Represented at AA include Dry Fly, Grand Traverse, Koral, Few and especially for me is Balcones. Being craft anything usually means that the price is going to be high. And unfortunately this is the case here. The quality is certainly there and if you don't mind the prices then it is something different for the spirits fan to try.  Luckily you can try shots at AA. These are served in Glencairn glasses so you can appreciate the fine aroma. It's always best to try before you buy. Anyway I was down at AA to drink with a few friends of mine. They go stuck into the craft beer but I ventured into the spirits as I always do.

Of major interest to me was Balcones Texas Single Malt whisky. I ordered a shot and got into sampling it. Being a craft presented whisky there is no added coloring and non chilled filtered. It was quite well balanced and the aroma was rich and malty. The taste was very interesting as well. Would I buy a bottle? Well the asking price was round 10,000 yen so not at that price. If it was half the price I would consider it.

Antenna America (opening hours vary so check the website for details)

Balcones Distilling

Balcones at Antenna America

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