Category: Event Reports

Picture Report: Chivas Gold Signature Awards 2018

Picture Report: Chivas Gold Signature Awards 2018

Chivas Regal sponsors a yearly award ceremony here in Japan called the “Chivas Gold Signature Awards” for people that have contributed to society through business. Now in its 8th year, 2018’s ceremony took place at Roppongi’s Grand Hyatt hotel. Once again Chivas Regal’s Chief Blender […]

Event Report: Gin-Posium Japan 2017

Event Report: Gin-Posium Japan 2017

The Japan Gin Association held the first ever Gin-Posium Japan here in Tokyo this past Sunday, December 3rd at Toyocho’s Hotel East21. Despite being the first year, the event brought in around 600 attendees from both industry and the public. The first part of the Gin-Posium […]

Event Report: Tokyo Whisky Festival 2017

Event Report: Tokyo Whisky Festival 2017

This past weekend it finally happened! The event I’ve been on about for several months now: Tokyo Whisky Festival 2017! Plain and simple, if you even remotely consider yourself a fan of Japanese whisky, you need to find a way to attend this event. I […]

Event Report: Sweden’s Box Destilleri Tokyo Launch Reception

Event Report: Sweden’s Box Destilleri Tokyo Launch Reception

Importer Gaiaflow teamed up with Sweden’s Box Destilleri this past Monday, October 23, to host a Tokyo launch reception at the swanky TOKYO Whisky Library in Omotesando. The event featured tastings of four different bottles from Box, one of which was a private bottling specifically for […]

Event Report: Grand Malt Tasting 2017

Event Report: Grand Malt Tasting 2017

MHD held their Grand Malt Tasting 2017 event on September 8, 2017. One of the highlights of the event was sampling the unreleased Ardbeg An Oa, the latest iteration from the Ardbeg Distillery. Way too peaty for me! The event is put on by MHD themselves, […]

Event Report: 3rd PBO Cocktail & Bar Festa 2017

Event Report: 3rd PBO Cocktail & Bar Festa 2017

August 27th was the 3rd PBO Cocktail & Bar Festa 2017, held at Courtyard Marriott Ginza Tobu Hotel. “Bartending Experience” was the theme of this year’s event, so in addition to the standard lineup of vendor booths, PBO had an entire section of the venue […]

Event Report: Malibu Because Summer Flair Challenge 2017

Event Report: Malibu Because Summer Flair Challenge 2017

ANFA is the All Nippon Flair Bartenders Association. On August 6 they held the Malibu Because Summer Flair Challenge out in Maihama, nearby Tokyo Disney Resort. Flair was obviously made famous by the super 80s Tom Cruise movie Cocktail. However these days it’s niche at […]

2017 Lead Off Japan Expo event report

2017 Lead Off Japan Expo event report

Lead off Japan, importer of a wide variety of food and drinks, held the Lead Off Japan Expo in Roppongi on July 4. This particular event wasn’t open to the public and was held on a weekday, during the daytime, so it’s certainly an industry-focused […]

Shuiku no Kai Launch Party event report

Shuiku no Kai Launch Party event report

The Shuiku no Kai held their launch party on June 25th, so I decided to go check it out. The 5000 yen cover charge ended up being a great value considering the quality and variety of bottles they had available for sampling. Just for a […]

Japanese Sake Fair 2017 Photo Report

Japanese Sake Fair 2017 Photo Report

At some point I’ll do a series of posts about Japan’s national alcoholic beverage: sake. As part of the “information gathering” for such a series, I attended the Japanese Sake Fair 2017, which featured 436 different sakes to sample — all of the winners of […]