Minoh Blooming IPA by Minoh Beer

Minoh Blooming IPA 箕面ブルーミングIPA

Minoh Blooming IPA is a 6% Belgian IPA from Minoh Beer, based in Osaka, Japan. It’s part of their seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. It’s brewed using five different kinds of American hops and uses Belgian yeast during fermentation. At the time of writing, it’s unknown whether Minoh Blooming IPA is a …

Shiga Kogen Blue Bird Day Saison by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Blue Bird Day Saison 志賀高原ブルーバードディセゾン

Shiga Kogen Blue Bird Day Saison is a 5.5% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range, and was first released in February 2018. The name comes from those skiiing ahem snowboarding days where the snow is fluffy and white, while the sky is a clear blue colour with not a cloud in …

Iwate Kura Pink Typhoon by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Pink Typhoon いわて蔵桜風

Iwate Kura Pink Typhoon is a 6% IPA from Sekinoichi Shuzo, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and was first released in March 2018. The strange thing about the name is that in Japanese it’s called 桜風, which translates to “wind of cherry blossom” or “cherry blossom wind”. Unsurprisingly, Iwate Kura Pink Typhoon is brewed using …

Suginoya Amber by Suginoya Beer

Suginoya Amber 杉能舎アンバー

Suginoya Amber is a 5% amber ale from Suginoya Beer, based in Fukuoka, Japan. It’s part of their all year round range. Like the rest of the Suginoya Beer range, Suginoya Amber is brewed using natural spring water. Suginoya Amber Aroma and Taste Suginoya Amber poured out a hazy muddy brownish red colour with no discernible head at all. It had a fruity …

Iwami Saison by Iwami Bakushu

Iwami Saison 石見セゾン

Iwami Saison is a 4.5% saison from Iwami Bakushu, based in Shimane, Japan. It’s part of their all year round range and at the time of writing, can be found in bottles only. It’s brewed with locally sourced rice from Hameda city, yuzu from Masuda city, and German Hallertau hops as well. Iwami Saison Aroma and Taste Iwami Saison poured …

Zumona Alt by Tono Zumona Beer

Zumona Alt ずもなアルト

Zumona Alt is a 5% altbier from Tono Zumona Beer, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found on both tap and on draft in some places. Zumona Alt Aroma and Taste Zumona Alt poured out a copper red colour with a head that had a reddish tinge to it. The …

Kyoto Bakushu Tanba no Kuromame by Kizakura Shuzo

Well, here we are. My one hundredth article on the site, finally. I vow to never talk about Rob’s copious work output in my reviews after this: Robert William Bright talks to me about the site on our team working app from 6:30am to 11pm, Monday to Sunday. If I’ve ever had any writer’s block, it’s because I’m constantly reminded …

Kamikatz Pale Ale by Rise & Win Brewing Company 

Kamikatz Pale Ale KAMIKATZ ペールエール

Kamikatz Pale Ale is a 4.5% English Pale Ale from Rise & Win Brewing Company, based in Tokushima, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap. Kamikatz Pale Ale is brewed using imported European and American hops though which ones are unknown at the time of writing. Kamikatz Pale Ale …

Far Yeast Genryu Fest by Far Yeast Brewing Company

Far Yeast Brewing Genryu Fest ファーイースト ゲンリュウ フェスト

Far Yeast Genryu Fest is a 4.5% mild ale from Far Yeast Brewing Company, based in Yamanashi, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition collaborative range, with this one being brewed with Kosuge Village, located near the Yamanashi Brewery. It was first released in November 2017 and uses water sourced from the Tama river, which starts near Kosuge village. Far Yeast …

Iwami Belgian White by Iwami Bakushu

Iwami Belgian White 石見ベルジャンホワイト

Iwami Belgian White is a 5% witbier from Iwami Bakushu, based in Shimane, Japan. It’s part of their all year round range of beers, and can be found in bottles. Iwami Belgian White is brewed using locally sourced sansho pepper and lemons from the Hiroshima area. On top of this, it also contains rice kouji (the stuff used to make sake …