Hansharo Shizuoka Sake Yeast Beer by Hansharo Beer

Hansharo Shizuoka Sake Yeast Beer 反射炉大吟醸ビール

Hansharo Shizuoka Sake Yeast Beer is a 5% speciality beer from Hansharo Beer, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap. It’s also known as Hansharo Daijingo Masako, though the yeast used, a popular local strain is the same type for both beers – called daijingo. …

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Chofu Beer by Hoppy Beverage Co.

Chofu Beer by Hoppy Beverage Co. / ホッピービバレッジの調布びーる

Chofu Beer is a 6% English-style pale ale from Hoppy Beverage Co. Yes, the same Hoppy that make the dubious, tax-avoiding izakaya staple of the same name. I used to drink Hoppy all the time. Wonder if my innards can still manage it. (For the uninitiated, “Hoppy” is a “beer-flavoured beverage” that’s served with a huge glass of shochu spirit …

Ise Kadoya Platinum Dragon by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya Platinum Dragon 伊勢角屋プラチナドラゴン

Ise Kadoya Platinum Dragon is a 4% session pale ale (great, the dreaded word session has come back to haunt us) from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range of beers that the president of Ise Kadoya help to design, and as such, it’s unknown whether Ise Kadoya Platinum Dragon will come out on sale …

Okinawa Sango Beer Saison by Nanto Brewery

Okinawa Sango Beer Saison 沖縄サンゴビールセゾン

Okinawa Sango Beer Saison is a 4.5% saison brewed by Nanto Brewery. It has, according to the bottle, a “juicy aroma and fruity sourness”, and is brewed using spring water from nearby Gyokusendo limestone cavern. Okinawa Sango Beer Saison Aroma and Taste I never learn, do I? I’m just a glutton for punishment. And beer. I desperately want to find …

Bay Brewing Bay Weiss by Yokohama Bay Brewing Company 

Bay Brewing Bay Weiss ベイブルーイングベイヴァイス

Bay Brewing Bay Weiss is a 5% hefeweizen from Yokohama Bay Brewing Company, based in Kanagawa, Japan. It started out life as part of their draft range and with the move to Totsuka it has meant Bay Brewing Bay Weiss is now available in bottled form. Bay Brewing Bay Weiss Aroma and Taste After drinking the Bay Brewing Pilsner, I was nervous …

Bay Brewing Weekend Journey by Yokohama Bay Brewing Company 

Bay Brewing Weekend Journey ベイブルーイングウィークエンドジャーニー

Bay Brewing Weekend Journey by 5% witbier from Yokohama Bay Brewing Company, based in Kanagawa, Japan. It’s part of a limited edition range, though it does have its own site so it’s unknown how limited Bay Brewing Weekend Journey is. Brewing Weekend Journey is inspired by the ability to spend a weekend in Yokohama and Kamakura, though with the crowds, a day is …

Ise Kadoya Hanakin Gold by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya Hanakin Gold 伊勢角屋はなきんゴールド

Ise Kadoya Hanakin Gold is a 4% golden ale from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their “hanakin” range of using yeast harvested from wild species of plants with Ise Kadoya Hanakin Gold using yeast from marigolds – hence the ‘gold’ part of the name. At the time of writing, it’s unknown whether Ise Kadoya Hanakin Gold will be …

Yokohama Noge Beer by Yokohama Beer

Yokohama Noge Beer 横浜野毛ビール

Yokohama Noge Beer is a 5% golden ale from Yokohama Beer, based in Kanagawa, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and is a celebration of the Noge area, located a stone’s throw from the brewery in Yokohama. Besides that, there isn’t much information about Yokohama Noge Beer there. Yokohama Noge Beer Aroma and Taste Yokohama Noge Beer, besides not …

Shinshu Roman Wheat Ale By Reijin Shuzo 

Shinshu Roman Wheat Ale 信州浪漫ビール ウィートエール

Shinshu Roman Wheat Ale is a 5% wheat ale from Reijin Shuzo, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and can be found in both cans and on tap across the Nagano region, but only in cans further afield. Not much is known about Shinshu Roman Wheat Ale besides it using a blend of waters from the …

Locobeer Imperial Stout by Locobeer

Locobeer Imperial Stout ロコビアインペリアルスタウト

Locobeer Imperial Stout is a 9% imperial stout from Locobeer, based in Chiba, Japan. It’s part of their 5th anniversary celebration range and is on sale for a limited number of bottles. Locobeer Imperial Stout was brewed in 2016 then aged for 10 months before going on sale in December 2017 – just don’t ask where the missing couple of months …