Niigata Espresso Beer by Niigata Beer

Niigata Espresso Beer

Niigata Espresso Beer is an imperial stout from Niigata Beer that packs a punch with an abv of 7%. It’s on sale all year round though the recipe seems to have changed as some places have reported it having an abv of 8% while others at 7% though the Niigata Beer website does state 7%. Niigata Espresso Beer Aroma and …

Baird Shimaguni Stout by Baird Beer

Baird Shimaguni Stout

  Baird Shimaguni Stout is a dry stout beer from Baird Beer that is part of their all year range of beers. It has an abv of 5% so is well-suited for a drinking session. It is also one of an ever-decreasing number of beers that use floor-malted Maris Otter , where the barley is spread out over a floor …

Swan Lake White Swan Weizen by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake White Swan Weizen

Swan Lake White Swan Weizen, besides having a weird name, is a 5% German hefeweizen style beer from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery in Niigata, Japan. Unlike the majority of the Swan Lake Beer range, Swan Lake White Swan Weizen is neither listed as award-winning on the brewery homepage nor is there much information about it either. I’ve seen it on tap …

Baird Red Rose Amber Ale by Baird Beer

Baird Red Rose Amber Ale ベアードレッドローズ アンバーエール

Baird Red Rose Amber Ale is a 6% California Common that we’ve had numerous times and only got around to reviewing. We’ve had it on tap at the various Baird Taprooms and in bottled form but almost two years into BeerTengoku’s life, we’ve got around to reviewing it. The brewing process for Baird Red Rose Amber Ale is rather complex with it …

Hidatakayama Dark Ale by Hida Takayama Beer

Hida Takayama Dark Ale

Hida Takayama Dark Ale is a 5% English strong ale from Hidatakayama Beer and is part of their yearly range, unusual for an English strong ale that is considered to be a winter beer and is commonly known as a winter warmer. It’s available in bottles, cans, and occasionally on tap if you’re lucky. Hida Takayama Dark Ale is also brewed with …


Far Yeast Tokyo White Weizen Edition by Nippon Craft Beer

Far Yeast Tokyo White Weizen Edition

Far Yeast Tokyo White Weizen Edition is Nippon Craft Beer’s take on their Far Yeast Tokyo White beer with added yeast specifically designed for weizen beers and with the addition of Citra hops.  It’s hard to know whether this is really a different beer than that one but Nippon Craft Beer felt it was different enough to warrant a special release event …


Tsukiyono Yuhi Pilsner by Tsukinoyo Craft Beer

Tsukiyono Yuhi Pilsner

Tsukiyono Yuhi Pilsner was a present from a friend during a recent visit he made to Gunma, a place that isn’t well-known for craft beer rather the “tourist” beers that plagued the Japanese craft beer industry towards the end of the nineties. It’s a Czech-style pilsner brewed using imported Czech malts and mountain fresh water. Tsukiyono Yuhi Pilsner Aroma and …


Ise Kadoya Grapefruit India Pale Ale by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Grapefruit India Pale

Grapefruit and IPAs tend to go hand-in-hand due it seems with hops, such as Chinook, Cascade and Legacy , imparting a natural grapefruit flavour but without the need for grapefruit itself. With Ise Kadoya Grapefruit India Pale, they’ve gone for the double whammy of using aforementioned hops AND grapefruit – either whole or juice – in the mix as well to …


Swan Lake Koshihikari Lager by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Koshihikari Lager

Rice lagers are already popular in the American and Japanese beer market and with Swan Lake Koshihikari Lager it’s not hard to see why. It’s a 5% pale lager made with koshihikari rice, one of the most well-known and most highly rated strains of rice grown in Japan. Swan Lake Koshihikari Lager uses locally sourced rice from Niigata which is also considered …


Ise Kadoya Triple Hop IPA by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Triple Hop IPA

This may be a Ise Kadoya Triple Hop IPA but it certainly does not pack your usual triple IPA punch of alcohol as it comes in at 6% but it is an IPA for sure. It is brewed with three different hops, hence the name, which include Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately, it is a limited …