Japanese beer can be really delicious. Not the Japanese stuff that is actually produced under license in the US, but the craft beers. There is a range of Hitachino Nest beers, but one of my favorites is the Red Rice Ale. It's brewed with heirloom red rice and tastes like a cross between sake and beer.
Another beer versus wine contest is firing up in this match up. There are some really wonderful whites, rosés and reds from Greece, but one red that I have really been enjoying is from Kir-Yianni. The Ramnista is made from Xinomavro in the PDO of Naoussa. It's a little rich, definitely tannic and is ideal wit a slow cooked lamb shank.