Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Letters: About that 'Surging Eel' ...

I recently reported on a new Japanese non-alcoholic drink called "Surging Eel." The following inquiry is one of numerous notes I received.


Do you know if the Surging Eel drink from Japan is being distributed in the U.S.?

If so, can you tell me how to find some in Atlanta, GA? Thanks.

-- Sandra Taylor

Dear Sandra:

I'm told the drink is for domestic sale only, and probably will be a seasonal offering -- eel-eating season. However, you can always try contacting the manufacturer directly here to see if it is possible to order shipment. Another possibility is to inquire at a local Japanese restaurant which may have supply lines not available to the general public.

Incidentally, another eel-related drink I've come across that us aimed at a Japanese market always looking for a way to beat the summer heat is a black beer called "Suitable for Unagi." It's from the Miyashita Sake Brewery and has been formulated specifically to complement traditional grilled eel and its sticky sauces.

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