One of my first dates with my girlfriend was not far from Smith’s School of English in Fukushima at the Umeda Belgian Beer Festival underneath the Umeda Sky-Building. It is a weeklong event that ends on a weekend in June. Since that first time, we’ve gone every year to enjoy the tasty brews and yummy snacks.
Although the festival is in the summer, I enjoy Belgian beer year-round. My favorite kind is Belgian White beer. The color is beautiful, like a ray of sunshine. It is made primarily from wheat. Belgian white beer also contains delicious herbs and spices such as orange peels and coriander. The result is that the beer has a smooth and unforgettably delicious taste. You can even cut a slice out from an orange and put it in your glass or bottle to enhance the various flavors contained in the beer.
Another of my favorite kinds of beer is the India Pale Ale (IPA). Ales are made using mostly malted barley. IPA’s don’t actually come from India. They have that name because the East India Company used to ship it from England to India. It became popular not only with Indian people, but also the sailors who were transporting it. It has a stronger flavor than the Belgian White. Since it has such a strong flavor, I recommend having only one or two with a meal. Like a fine glass of wine, the taste of your food is complimented by the hearty flavor.
After your next lesson at Smith’s School of English in Fukushima, perhaps you would like to try a Belgian White or IPA. There is a nice craft beer and wood stove pizza restaurant near our school that has them. Also, don’t forget to check out this year’s festival!