Namaiki Beer : Nostalgic Draft-Beer-like Soft Drink for Kids

As I wrote about it many times in the past, “Dagashi (駄菓子)” is a snack and candy genre unique to Japan that is made up of cheap junk foods particularly for kids, and famous Dagashi snacks include these 10 items I introduced before.

Dagashi has a long history and comes in so many various types. For example, if I give an interesting example of Dagashi snacks, there even exists the base powder of soft drinks. Specifically, it isn’t powdery but like Ramune tablets.

Have you ever watched the Japanese anime “Dagashi Kashi (だがしかし)”? where a famous Japanese soft drink known as a Dagashi appears. Actually, I have the base tablet now for this blog article.

Namaiki Beer (生いきビール)

A Package of Namaiki Beer and Cold Water

The name of the Dagashi I purchased this time is “Namaiki Beer (生いきビール)”, which isn’t an alcoholic beverage, but a soft drink for children.

Meanwhile, “Nama Beer (生ビール)” refers to draft beer in Japanese. However, in the Dagashi name, the 3 letters “iki (いき)” are added to the Japanese word “Nama (生)”.

When the word changes from “Nama (生)” to “Namaiki (生いき or 生意気)”, the product name loosely has the meaning of “beer for “cheeky kids”. Yes, as you can easily guess, Namaiki means cheeky in Japanese.

In Japan, Namaiki Beer is being sold for just 30 yen (about 0.3 USD) in some supermarkets. The product has 2 pastilles like Ramune candies in the sachet.

How to Make Namaiki Beer

Along with the 2 pastilles, I prepared 120ml of cold water. Yes, for enjoying the Dagashi soft drink, you just put the 2 base tablets into the water at the same time. Now, let’s get started.

Once dropping in the 2 base tablets, the ingredient dissolved quickly and the carbon dioxide gas was generated.

About 30 seconds later, the water was getting yellowish and the foam was being gradually formed on the surface of the water.

Namaiki Beer Draft Beer Like Soft Drink

When 2 minutes passed, the water became golden and foamy just like draft beer. Here is the making process video.


When you see the back of the sachet, you can find the ingredient list. According to that, the base tablets for Namaiki Beer mainly consist of milk sugar, sugar, malt sugar, reduced maltose starch syrup, sodium bicarbonate, acidifier, and sweeteners.


Namaiki Beer

The Japanese Dagashi soft drink, Namaiki Beer features a refreshing flavor that comes from malt ingredients. It isn’t bitter at all, but really easy to drink and unexpectedly delicious! So I think adults can also enjoy this draft-beer-like soft drink.

In addition to the deliciousness, making this soft drink is interesting and just fun. I don’t know whether soft drink base tablets like this are available in overseas countries, but if you are interested and get a chance, the Dagashi, Namaiki Beer is worth a try!


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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