In between creating longevity-inducing rice dishes, the good people of Japan like to kick back with an ice cold beer. But not just any ordinary beer – Abashiri Blue Beer.
It's not even just a little bit blue either, it's really blue. It's bluer than blueberries, bluer than the smurfs, bluer than the Blue Man Group, even bluer than Daniel Craig's glistening blue eyes.
This striking beer achieves its unique aquamarine hue by using a blend of blue seaweed and locally grown flowers, it even contains water from melted icebergs.* To sip this beautiful blue brew is to immerse yourself in the wild and colourful flavours of the frozen Abashiri coastline. Seriously, you're basically drinking the island, soon there'll be nothing left.
* The original drink is made from these delightfully regional ingredients but due to European law they cannot be exported, so you will be enjoying the delicious taste known simply as "Blue 1" – you'll have to travel to Abashiri for the fully authentic experience