This from a story that dated tomorrow (step into the future with me) in the New York Times:
Subtlety is the hallmark of the better Japanese microbrews, while most American craft beers embrace an onslaught of flavor with all the nuance of a sledgehammer.
That attention-getting line aside, Specialty Beers on the Rise in the Land of Sake is worth your time.
Many parallels with the United States. Microbreweries were legalized in 1994, peaked in 1999, fell off and more recently have figured out what they want to be as they grow up.
They are gaining traction with drinkers under 40, benefiting from growing interest in a wider range of cuisines, etc.
All with a bit of subtlety, of course.