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Japanese Alcohol Free Beer

Japanese Alcohol Free Beer

Japanese Alcohol Free Beer

In Okinawa most people travel by car, the nearest train station is in Kagoshima, 500 miles away. Many Okinawans drive to a bar, and then use a daiko service to bring both them and their car home at the end of the night. (A daiko service is similar to a taxi service, but with two drivers. Driver A chauffeurs you home in your own car while driver B follows behind to collect driver A.)

The cost of using a daiko service, the health benefits of reducing alcohol consumption, and a crackdown on people who drink and drive are some of the possible reasons for the growth in popularity of alcohol free beers. The other night I had a few friends over to test the various alcohol free beers and the results were pretty conclusive. Four beers were sampled: Kirin Free, Sapporo Premium Alcohol Free, Suntory All-Free, and Kirin 休む日のAlc. 0.00 %. The Sapporo Premium Alcohol Free was by far the most popular, with Shawn even stating “it actually tastes like beer.”

As a final bonus, alcohol free beer doesn’t have the same tax as regular beer so you can get a high quality malt beer for just 128 yen.

Happy Healthy Drinking And Safety Drive 🙂

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Travel writer and photographer living in Okinawa, Japan

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