A certified beer sommelier and tour guide in Japan, Mario will share practical advice that will help guests on future trips to Japan, including why giving tips is okay (despite common misconceptions), faux-pas to avoid in Japan, and insights into the Japanese perspective.
This online beer tasting begins by introducing Japanese luxury fruit and how they fit within the greater context of gift-giving culture in Japan. We'll explore the background behind Japan's seemingly excessively-priced fruits, find out when they're given as gifts and consumed, and learn how to avoid wishing someone death in the process! We'll also consider the crucial role of, and customs around alcohol consumption in encouraging open communication in Japan’s close-knit society.
During the second half of the online beer tasting experience, we’ll try three fruit and beer pairings with cheese. While it’s not required to have these ingredients to join the experience, you’re highly encouraged to taste the pairings along with Mario. Most ingredients and substitutes for the online beer tasting are accessible at any supermarket or liquor store. The beer and food recommendations will be sent upon booking confirmation, so that guests may prepare them in advance.
For the final portion of the online beer tasting experience, Mario will walk you through each combination, as well as share some tips and tricks on creating your own perfect pairings!
While we’d love it if you could taste Japanese beer during the pairing, foreign beers which are within the recommended styles are fine, and Mario is also curious to learn about the beers in your country!
Insights from a food guide & Cicerone “beer sommelier”
Beer pairing quiz
Food & Beer
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Please download the Zoom application (it's free!) for your desktop or mobile. After booking, you will receive an email with instructions to the Zoom meeting.
While not required, you’re welcome to taste the pairings along with your guide.
A list of beer and food recommendations will be sent upon booking confirmation (most should be available at the average supermarket or liquor store).