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Enjoy fresh, nutritious tomato beer from Fukushima prefecture

By Toby M, grape Japan

After the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, the Tohoku region is still striving towards recovery. The area has worked especially hard to leverage its plethora of agriculture and aquaculture to spur economic revitalization. Seafoodsake and rice are just some of the high quality produce that Fukushima and its neighboring prefecture are known for. Less well known, perhaps, is Fukushima prefecture’s cultivation of exquisite tomatoes. Though this may be about to change with the release of a beer made from these regional fruits.

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The “Wonder Golden Eye” happoshu, or low malt beer, is made from 50% tomato juice. Its refreshing, natural flavor is achieved using tomatoes cultivated in Iwaki City, Fukushima by agricultural company Wonder Farm (see below to learn more).

Wonder Farm has partnered with 東の食の会 Higashi no Shoku no Kai, a Japanese GIA assisting companies in East Japan, to produce the tomato beer and ship it nationwide.

The beer is now available to purchase online, in a box of two or six. The company will ship to all areas across Japan and customers will receive their healthy booze in a specially designed beer box.

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The fresh, rich flavor of tomato blends beautifully with malty beer to make this a beverage that is both nutritious and delicious.

Treat yourself to a box or two right here

About Wonder Farm

Wonder Farm was founded in 2016, when the company began cultivating abandoned land in Fukushima. The company now grows over 1500 tonnes of tomatoes annually, the most in Fukushima. Wonder Farm’s tomatoes are used in a variety of products and collaborations like the tomato happoshu. Wonder Farm also supports the training of young farmers to teach agriculture to young people and organizations.

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Tomato Happoshu from Fukushima.... instead of an Asahi beer.

Usually I hate Super Dry, but in this case....

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More and more local craft beers. Some of them pretty good. Must ray this one

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I have heard of half beer and half tomato juice and tried it once and it is refreshing as a novelty.

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That’s surely not a beer but an unforgivable The same btw. with coffee. Some weeks ago there came something like walnut tasting ‘coffee’ on the restaurant table. While my Japanese hosts drank it all out without a word, I loudly complained and felt like I had to spit the whole mess out and spill the rest over the place. Such a disgusting unexpected taste, and then at the end of the course, unbelievable. Why don’t they announce it or ask the guests if they want to try a not so common new taste, giving a small sample beforehand etc.? Very strange, that. That might surely happen again here, when served such a strange brew.

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Nothing from Fukushima for me for the next 200 years, which makes it unlikely i will knowingly eat or drink anything from the region.

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Uh, no.

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Sounds disgusting, think I will stick to Old Peculiar!

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Given the tradition of excellent Japanese beers, I would be glad to try it.

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So, the tomatoes are from land that was abandoned.

Why was the land abandoned-nothing to do with it being close to damaged nuclear reactors?

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