Kazekami Porter by Kamikaze Bakushu 

Kazekami Porter

Kazekami Porter is an 8% porter from Kazekami Bakushu, based in Kawasaki, Kanagawa. It’s part of their bottled only range, and we’re yet to come across it on tap. It’s also technically a happoshu as Kazekami Porter is brewed with cloves and something called リンデン, or rinden, in Japanese. In English, this is known as the Tilia europaea also called the Common Lime, that bears …

Ise Kadoya Imperial India Pale Ale by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya Imperial India Pale Ale

Ise Kadoya Imperial India Pale Ale is an 8% double IPA from Ise Kadoya based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap when on sale. Ise Kadoya Imperial India Pale Ale is brewed with the “unique” selling point of 10 different hops added at 120 different intervals …

Preston Pale Ale by Preston Ale 

Preston Pale Ale

Preston Pale Ale is a 5% English pale ale from Preston Ale, based in Tochigi, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in bottles and on tap across Japan. Besides a lack of information about Preston Pale Ale, there is the obligatory awards it has won as Asia’s best pale ale in 2010 …

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J-Craft Beers

J Craft Beer Lineup

I’ve been scouring the Deep Beer Web for an hour now and I can’t find anything substantial about these J-Craft beers. The site they’re attached to, tanoshiiosake.jp, brands itself as a gourmet web magazine and is apparently run by Mitsubishi Foods, which explains why they’ve managed to get a bunch of celebrities to gurn over their website, and also how …

Oni Densetsu Framboise by Noboribetsu Beer

Oni Densetsu Framboise

Oni Densetsu Framboise is a 5.5% wheat beer made with raspberries. Yet again the three-month shelf life of this beer means that it won’t be hitting the supermarket any time soon. Let me read the mysterious English on the bottle: “Fruity and sweet, the bounty of Hokkaido has produced a fruity, light tasting”. Fruity, light tasting what, guys? Is it a shoe? Am I …

Noboribetsu Kin’oni Pale Ale by Noboribetsu Brewpub

Noboribetsu Kin’oni Pale Ale

Noboribetsu Kin’oni Pale Ale is a 5% American pale ale from Noboribetu Brewpub, based in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s sometimes known as Oni Densetsu Kin’oni Pale Ale due to the character on the front of the bottle. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. It’s brewed with …

Hideji Shinkan no Pale Ale by Hideji Beer Brewery

Hideji Shinkan no Pale Ale

Hideji Shinkan no Pale Ale is a 5% American pale ale from Hideji Beer Brewery, based in Noboeka, Kyushu. It’s part of their all-year round lineup of craft beer and can be found in bottles and on tap across Japan. The name roughly translates as “Silence Pale Ale” as the idea is that it reflects the peacefulness of standing in the …

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North Island India Pale Ale by North Island Beer

North Island IPA

North Island India Pale Ale is a 7% IPA from North Island Beer, based in Hokkaido, Japan. I don’t really get the chance to drink North Island beer- the last one I had was back in 2014, as far as I recall. This time around, I got a three-bottle set of North Island from a kind coworker- those of you …

Tainai Kogen Citra Weizen by Taniai Kogen Beer 

Tainai Kogen Citra Weizen

Tainai Kogen Citra Weizen is a 5% German hefeweizen from Tainai Kogen Beer, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beer and can be found in both bottles and on tap. If you hadn’t guessed from the name, Tainai Kogen Citra Weizen uses Citra hops for bittering and flavouring, rather than your usual Tettnanger or Hallertau hops which …

Umenishiki Blanche by Umenishiki Yamakawa

Umenishiki Blanche

Umenishiki Blanche is a 5% witbier from Umenishiki Yamakawa, based in Ehime. It’s brewed using domestically sourced wheat and barley malt and contains iyokan, which is a Japanese citrus fruit similar to mandarin oranges and the second most produced citrus fruit in Japan. Umenishiki Blanche is part of the all-year round range of beers and can be found in both bottles and …