Baeren Colonia by Baeren

Baeren Colonia

Baeren Colonia is a 5% kölsch from Baeren, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their annual limited edition release to celebrate the anniversary of their brewery, with this 2016 edition being the 13th Anniversary of their brewery. At the time of writing, Baeren Colonia can be found in bottles and on tap, though as it’s a limited edition, it is …

Baird Cool Breeze Pils by Baird Beer

Baird Cool Breeze Pils

Baird Cool Breeze Pils is a 6% Bohemian style pilsner from Baird Beer, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of the summer line up of craft beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap when on sale. Baird Cool Breeze Pils was first released back in 2001 and since then has seen minor changes in it’s recipe, …

Songbird Noir de Cairdeas by Brewery Songbird

Songbird Noir de Cairdeas

Songbird Noir de Cairdeas is a 8% black IPA from Brewery Songbird, based in Chiba, Japan. It was first brewed in 2016 as part of a collaborative effort with Liquors Hasegawa, known for having an amazing stock of whiskey / whisky from around the world and also being one of Brewery Songbird’s largest stockists. Songbird Noir de Cairdeas uses peated malt, …

Daisen G Beer White IPA by Kumezakura Shuzo 

Daisen G Beer White IPA

Daisen G Beer White IPA is a 7.5% wheat ale from Kumezakaura Shuzo, based in Tottori, Japan. Don’t adjust your set – I did say a wheat ale and we’ll come back to that later. It’s part of their spring seasonal range of beers and can be found both on tap and in bottles when on sale. So why is …

Shiga Kogen Yuru Buru Wheat by Tamamura Honten 

Shiga Kogen Yuru Buru Wheat

Shiga Kogen Yuru Buru Wheat is a 5% wheat ale from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and was first released in May 2017 as part of a 10th anniversary celebration to the Yuru Buru blog – which is run by the headbrewer at Shiga Kogen, Ego-san. By the time this review for …

Kujukuri Ocean Beer Stout by Kankiku Shuzo

Kujukuri Ocean Beer Stout

Kujukuri Ocean Beer Stout is a 7% unfiltered stout from Kankiku Shuzo. Kujukuri beers are curiously prevalent in my local area, I suppose because I live near the sea. I’m not sure how easy they are for Rob to pick up, but I have about four different places in my town where I can buy them. They’re not even that …

Ise Kadoya Nachtmusik #2 Almond Coffee Stout by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Nachtmusik #2 Almond Coffee Stout

Ise Kadoya Nachtmusik #2 Almond Coffee Stout is a 5% stout made with almonds and Italian espresso coffee beans (surprise!). It’s a limited edition beer that went on sale this January (2017). Ise Kadoya Nachtmusik #2 Almond Coffee Stout Aroma and Taste Ise Kadoya Nachtmusik #2 Almond Coffee Stout pours out thickly with a great big head which dissipates down to …

Hyappa Leroy Stout by Hyappa Brews 

Hyappa Leroy Stout

Hyappa Leroy Stout is a 5.5% Stout from Hyappa Brews, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition bottled range, and like many other Hyappa Brews, contains an additional adjunct, in this case honey, to ensure that it obeys the happoshu laws for beer in Japan. Besides that, not much else is known about Hyappa Leroy Stout as their …

Fujizakura Heights Imperial Pilsner by Fuji Kanko Heights 

Fujizakura Heights Imperial Pilsner

Fujizakura Heights Imperial Pilsner is a 6% imperial pilsner from Fuji Kanko Heights, based in Yamanashi, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition lineup and was first relased in March 2017, with it being unknown whether Fujizakura Heights Imperial Pilsner is going to be an annual seasonal release or a one-off. Besides that, the only other thing we know about Fujizakura Heights Imperial …

Johana Kinu no Kahori by Johana Beer 

Johana Kinu no Kahori

Johana Kinu no Kahori, also known as Johana Kinu no Kaori, is a 6% witbier from Johana Beer, based in Toyama, Japan. It was supposedly pulled from their line up but seems to have come back into their bottled and draft lineup as part of their spring seasonal lineup. Johana Kinu no Kahori is brewed with two adjuncts: one not so unusual …