Hoppy is a non-alcoholic beverage in Japan that tastes like beer. It's been around since 1948, and was popularized as a cheap way to get drunk. How does one get drunk off of non-alcoholic beer, you ask? Add it to shochu, of course!!! (Shochu is the closest thing to vodka they make in Japan).
Trust me, I don't get it either. They pour like 2 parts Hoppy to 1 part shochu in these big frosted mugs. For whatever reason, people had a really hard time trying to explain the concept of Hoppy to me- they refused to call it "non-alcoholic beer" and kept telling me it was healthy. Uhhhh...
The Hoppy/Shochu combination was touted as a really skeezy, Shinjuku alleyway kind of drink, but it seems to be making a comeback as young folks in Tokyo are drinking it at hip izakayas now.
So the next time you want a beer-tasting vodka-like drink, give this a whirl!!!