After saying the threat of radiation contamination was more serious than initially thought (the Japanese government has banned raw milk from Fukushima Prefecture and spinach from Ibaraki Prefecture), the World Health Organization is now indicating that although radiation levels in food are above the legal limit, they dont pose an immediate health risk (so CNN reports). Instant noodles are also helping, per the Times. Back here at home, City Room surveys the scene at Geido on Flatbush Avenue and finds that its business as usual. Nevertheless, according to a letter from Toshiyuki Kiuchi (brewer of Hitachino and others) thats reprinted on the blog of Jimmy Carbone of Jimmys No. 43, ten sake breweries and five beer breweries have been seriously damaged, and at least one of them was completely washed away. Carbone has teamed up with six brewers to host a benefit at Brooklyn Brewery on March 28. Details below, along with the latest list of breweries, care of Diner's Journal.
new york brewers- sixpoint, brooklyn, heartland, kelso, and empire along with lagunitas, the good beer seal, and the ny state brewers association are hosting a beer and food event. 6 breweries, food from the meat hook, local japanese restaurants , more. all proceeds will be directly deposited into a special account " kiuchi brewery earthquake fund" set up by the us importer of hitachino, b untied imports.
Brewers for Brewers: japan benefit [Brown Paper Tickets]
March 28th Event To Help Our Beer Brothers (And Sisters) In Japan! [Jimmy's No. 43]
Restaurants Try to Help Japan [Diner's Journal/NYT]
Where Steaming Fried Noodles Spell Relief [NYT]
Scenes From a Japanese Restaurant [City Room/NYT]
WHO: No short-term risk from contaminated food [CNN]