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Food & Beverage

Foreign brewmasters pour into Japan's craft beer scene

Local communities toast unique tastes and techniques from overseas talent

 Americans Ben Emrich, left, and Adam Baran operate Nomcraft Brewing in Wakayama Prefecture.

OSAKA -- Craft beer can be found just about anywhere in Japan, with each brew made from local ingredients to create a variety of regional tastes. Adding to this heady mix have been increasing numbers of young, talented brewers from overseas, who leave home to practice their craft in Japan, often in small, out-of-the-way communities.

These foreign transplants bring homegrown tricks and techniques to concoct beers unique to Japan's thriving craft scene.

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