Minamishinshu Apple Hop by Minamishinshu Beer

Minamishinshu Apple Hops

Apples and alcohol go so well together that Minamishinsu Apple Hop exists is no surprise to us. Brewed in Nagano, it contains local sourced apples from Nagano and ends up being a fruit beer. Hold on. Don’t run away so quickly. Minamishinsu Apple Hop is around the 6.5% mark and is available both on tap and in bottles.   Minamishinsu …

Hidatakayama Red Bock by Hida Takayama Beer

Sometimes a beer comes along once in a while and you know that you have to buy it. For me, Hidatakayama Red Bock is that beer. It came highly recommended at Thrash Zone after trying the Hidatakayama Karumina and falling in love with it. Hidatakayama Red Bock is part of Hida Takayama Brewing’s extra special beer range and is a 7% dunkler bock …

Far Yeast Tokyo IPA 2015 by Nippon Craft Beer

Far Yeast Tokyo IPA 2015

Far Yeast Tokyo IPA 2015 is Nippon Craft Beer’s attempt at an annual beer, first released in 2015 at the Japan Brewer’s Cup in Yokohama. Like the other beers in their range, Far Yeast Tokyo IPA 2015 is inspired by Tokyo and its surrounding areas, so the IBU of 77 must be from those twisted, bitter salary men that make the …

Brimmer Golden Ale by Brimmer Brewing

Brimmer Golden Ale

Here at BeerTengoku, we love us some draft beers but once in a while, we’d love those draft beers to come in bottles so we can drink at home. Brimmer Golden Ale is one of those beers that we want and we got one. It is a golden ale that has been nominated as Brimmer’s session ale and at 5.5%, Brimmer Golden Ale …

Aqula Sakura Kobo Wheat by Aqula

Aqula Sakura Kobo Wit あくらさくら酵母ウィート

Aqula Sakura Kobo Wheat is brewed using natural sakura, or cherry blossom, yeast that has been developed by Akita Food Institute in conjunction with Aqula. It’s a 5% wit that has not been pasteurized to allow the yeast to further develop flavours in Aqula Sakura Kobo Wheat as it is bottle conditioned. The photo below is of the beer before the …

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Abashiri Okhotsk Blue Ryuhyo Draft by Abashiri Beer

Abashiri Okhotsk Blue Ryuhyo Draft

Abashiri Okhotsk Blue Ryuhyo Draft is Abashiri Brewery’s most famous drink, and is supposedly made using drift ice and natural ingredients such as flowers and seaweed to give it its blue colour. It’s been the subject of many “Weird Japan” articles since being made available overseas in 2014. It’s a 5% spiced/fruit/seaweed beer. Abashiri Okhotsk Blue Ryuhyo Draft Aroma and Taste …

Atsugi White Ale by Atsugi Beer

Atsugi White Ale

Atsugi White Ale is a Belgian White or witbier from Atsugi Beer, Kanagawa and is a mild 4%, designed for session drinking. Moreover, Atusgi Beer recommends that this beer is chilled to below 10ºc for best drinking. Besides that, there is not much other information out there on this beer. Atsugi White Ale Aroma and Taste After I realised that this …

Niigata European Kolsch by Niigata Beer

Niigata European Kolsch

Niigata European Kolsch, from Niigata Beer, is a 100% natural bottle conditioned beer so there may be some sediment at the bottom of that bottle. But don’t be afraid! It can be drunk. I think. Don’t try it though and get sick then go blaming us. It is brewed using a traditional kölsch recipe from Cologne, Germany. Niigata European Kolsch …

North Island M’s Lager Masaji the Great by North Island Beer

North Island M’s Lager Masaji the Great

North Island M’s Lager Masaji the Great is North Island Beer’s tribute to the late Masaji Oshita, the president of Minoh Beer. Who is Masaji you ask? That’s a story for another time, but he could be considered the godfather of Japanese craft beer. Bolder than most beers could ever dream to be. Anyway, North Island M’s Lager Masaji the …

Fujizakura Heights Weizenbock by Fuji Kanko Kaihatsu

Fujizakura Heights Weizenbock

Fujizakura Heights Weizenbock is a frustrating beer to get hold off. It’s sold during the winter months yet trying to get a single bottle of it is annoying in the slightest. Few places stock the regular Fujizakura Heights Beer at the best of times, so when I came across Fujizakura Weizenbock at Yamaoka, I grabbed it and held on to it. …