Tazawako Beer Akita Bakushu Megumi by Tazawako Beer

Tazawako Beer Akita Bakushu Megumi

Tazawako Beer Akita Bakushu Megumi is a 4.5% golden ale from Tazawako Beer, based in Akita, Japan. It’s part of their autumn seasonal lineup and can be found in bottles and on tap across Japan when on sale. Tazawako Beer Akita Bakushu Megumi was co-developed with Akita Prefectural University and is the first beer to be brewed using only ingredients from Akita. …

Tazawako Komachi Weiss by Tazawako Beer 

Tazawako Komachi Weiss

Tazawako Komachi Weiss is a 5% German hefeweizen, brewed by Tazawako Beer, based in Akita, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and can be found in both bottles and on tap from Autumn onwards, usually around from the beginning of October. Tazawako Komachi Weiss, or as it says on the label weißbier (weissbier), is brewed with 100% of the …

Daisen G Beer Wheat Wine By Kumezakura Shuzo 

Daisen G Beer Wheat Wine

Daisen G Beer Wheat Wine is a 9% wheat wine from Kumezakura Shuzo, based in Tottori, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal range though it can be found on sale until stocks run out with this bottle coming from 2015. One of the best things about Daisen G Beer Wheat Wine is that only vintage versions are sold – that …

Iwate Kura Weizen by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Weizen / いわて蔵ヴァイツェン

Iwate Kura Weizen is a 5% hefeweizen. Based on a South German recipe, this was the first Japanese craft beer to win a gold medal at the Monde Selection Awards in 1998. I’ll be honest, these old beers are really hard to write decent articles for. There’s not really much to say about them, they’ve usually won awards decades ago, …

Hi no Tani Valentine’s Porter by Hi no Tani Kogen Beer

Hi no Tani Valentine's Porter

Hi no Tani Valentine’s Porter is a 5% porter from Hi no Tani Kogen Beer, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal range and can be found in both bottles and on tap, though why it’s so late after Valentine’s day is anyone’s guess.I drank Hi no Tani Valentine’s Porter in 30c heat after the recent Osaka …

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Shiga Kogen Two Rabbits IPA by Tamamura Honten 

Shiga Kogen Two Rabbits IPA

Shiga Kogen Two Rabbits IPA is a 9% imperial IPA from Tamamura Honten. It’s part of their limited edition range and was first released in 2017 at the Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival. It’s a merging of two styles of IPA: West Coast IPA and New England IPA. It’s name comes from the ancient Chinese proverb “A man who chases two …

Yona Yona Ale (2017) by Yo-Ho Brewing

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Yo-Ho Brewing have updated their classic Yona Yona Ale for the 20th anniversary of its release. But how is it? Yona Yona is a 5.5% American Pale Ale made with Cascade hops. Twenty years is a long time in Japan craft beer history- especially considering the relaxed laws that triggered the first boom were only introduced twenty-three years ago. Yo-Ho …

Futako Ale by Futako Beer

Futako Ale

Futako Ale is a 5% American pale ale brewed by Futako Beer, based in Tokyo, Japan. Like the rest of the Futako Beers, Futako Ale was brewed under contract at Hitachino Nest and the beer can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. Futako Ale also contains barley that has been locally grown in the Setagaya area of Tokyo, …

Daigo Pilsner by Daigo Brewery

Daigo Pilsner

Daigo Pilsner is a 5% pilsner from Daigo Brewery, based in Ibaraki, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and Daigo Pilsner can be found both in bottles and on taps. And that is all we could find out about Daigo Pilsner. Daigo Pilsner Aroma and Taste Daigo Pilsner poured out a hazy golden colour with minimal amount of head …

Doppo Dunkel by Miyashita Shuzo

Doppo Dunkel

Doppo Dunkel is a 5% dunkel beer from Miyashita Shuzo, based in Okayama, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range and can be found in both bottles and on draft across Japan. And that’s the description for this beer. Sorry ladies and gentlemen. Doppo Dunkel Aroma and Taste Doppo Dunkel poured out a light copper brown colour with a …