25 May, 2010


Hello. My name’s Lee. I’m a magician, artist, and craft beer consultant. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, and operate an art school for children.

Me, too

I started ABREWCADABREW in 2010 as a blog to chronicle my adventures into all-grain homebrewing. The name felt magical, it inspired me with purpose. Within a year, the site somehow had attracted a generous number of faithful readers, as well as the attention of the Japanese beer community. By mid-2012, I was brewing 10-25L batches of beer every week, had won several homebrewing awards, and was writing regularly for (and would later become editor and Director of) the Japan Beer Times and Yokohoma Seasider Magazine. Life was mostly brilliant and I was on a roll.

A lot has happened and changed since then. There were several major – a few quite devastating – life resets that kept me from both homebrewing and the site. After much self-torment, languishing, soul searching, and despair, I eventually relaunched ABREWCADABREW in 2014 in an attempt to tell my entire story, including what brought me to Japan in the first place. Things started off with a bang, but eventually sputtered nowhere.

In 2015, however, I was struck with an epiphany, and I suddenly knew exactly what I wanted to do with the site as well as my gained knowledge and experience as a homebrewer, event organizer, and professional networker. In other words, I’d come full circle – but now with superpowers.

And so I welcome you to the latest reincarnation of ABREWCADABREW – Japan’s premier exclusive homebrewing club. Take a look around the site, feel free to leave a comment or contact me.

Want to know more? Read TokyoCheapo’s interview with me.

I update this page occasionally, so do check back from time to time.

[Last update: 13 August, 2016]