SunSun Organic Beer by Yo-Ho Brewing

SunSun Organic Beer

SunSun Organic Beer is a 100% organic pilsner beer from Yo-Ho Brewing; however, it is sometimes mistaken for Shinshu SanSan that has similar packaging. Even though it is supposed to be a pilsner, SunSun Organic Beer can also be found labelled as a pale ale from time to time. Confusing or what? SunSun Organic Beer Aroma and Taste SunSun Organic …

Shiga Kogen IBA by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen IBA 志賀高原IBA

Shiga Kogen IBA is a 7% black IPA that has been wet hopped with Williamete and Centinnial hops. First brewed in 2012, it has become part of the Shiga Kogen seasonal range and is the fourth different IPA produced by Tamamura Honten. Shiga Kogen IBA has an IBU of 75 units, putting it at the upper end of the bitterness …

Kamakura Enoshima Beer by Kamakura Beer

Kamakura Enoshima

Kamakura Enoshima Beer is a kölsch style beer brewed for shops in the Enoshima area in Shonan; located about 50mins south from Tōkyō. Kamakura Enoshima Beer was first conceived from trying the local shirasu, a small white anchovy that is either served fresh or dried, found piled up on top of rice. It was also found to work well with other …

Harvestmoon Belgian Style Wheat by Harvestmoon Brewery

Harvestmoon Belgian Style Wheat

Harvestmoon Belgian Style Wheat is a…do I really need to explain what kind of beer it is? It’s a stout. Yes, really. It’s a new style of Belgian style wheat from the 21st century where everything has been replaced by roasted malts and the such. Facetiousness aside, it is a witbeer so it’s brewed with orange and coriander in the mash. …

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Kobushi Hana IPA by Hanyu Brewery

Kobushi Hana IPA こぶし花IPA

Kobushi Hana IPA is a 6.5% English style IPA by Hanyu Brewery out of Hanyu city in Saitama. Never heard of it before? Neither have we. We came across this beer purely by accident while on a recent trip to Coedo and it received a strong recommendation by the sales staff. The only description of Kobushi Hana IPA we have …

Atsugi Hachey by Atsugi Beer Company

Atsugi Hachey

Atsugi Hachey is a Belgian blonde ale that has been infused with honey sourced from the Yokohama area. The original honey for Atsugi Hachey came from near the Emperor silkworm warehouse’s office close to the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, also known as Akarenga-soko, located near Bashamichi, Yokohama. Atsugi Hachey Aroma and Taste Atsugi Hachey poured out a cloudy golden-yellow colour with plenty of …

Iwate Kura Kin Kura by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kin Kura

Iwate Kura Kin Kura is a 5% pilsner style beer from Iwate Kura Beer aka Sekinoichi Shuzo. Pilsners is perhaps the most common style of beer in Japan and Iwate Kura Kin Kura is another addition to that range. Pilsner here, pilsner there, pilsner just pretty much everywhere you turn. Strangely enough for Sekinoichi Shuzo, this beer is only available in …

Coedo Shiro by Coedo Brewery

Coedo Shiro

Coedo Shiro is a hefeweizen style beer that is advertised as a premium all malt beer. It is also one of the hardest beers to find from the Coedo range as Coedo Shiro is unfiltered and stores are hesitant to sell it. In 2014, the bottle was redesigned and now advertises that it is a hefeweizen on the label. Coedo Shiro …

Umenishiki Aromatic Ale by Umenishiki Yamakawa

Umenishiki Aromatic Ale

Umenishiki Aromatic Ale by Umenishiki Yamakawa is a Belgian strong ale style beer from Ehime prefecture. Wait. Aren’t all ales from Belgian strong? I don’t know about you but all my experiences of Belgian beers have been those over 8% or perhaps that’s my view. I’m not a big fan of kriek style beers with lashings of cherries so I’m …

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Fujizakura Heights Weizen by Fuji Kanko Kaihatsu

Fujizakura Heights Weizen

This funky bottle is Fujizakura Heights Weizen, brewed in Yamanashi, the prefecture immediately west of Tokyo. It seems that this beer is marketed towards women according to the Fuji Kanko Kaihatsu homepage as it is unfortunately labelled as easy drinking “even for women”. Blurgh. Fujizakura Heights Weizen is brewed using 50% more wheat than usual weizens. Fujizakura Heights Weizen Aroma and Taste …