Baird Fruitful Life Citrus IPA by Baird Beer

Baird Fruitful Life Citrus IPA

Baird Fruitful Life Citrus IPA is a seasonal 7.5% fruit beer from Baird Beer that uses locally sourced daidai oranges from Shizuoka. On sale from mid-May, Baird Fruitful Life Citrus IPA contains six differents kinds of hops: US Citra, Simcoe, Centennial, GR Taurus, Mandarina Bavaria, and Hull Melon to produce an American IPA that is not quite an IPA but nor is it …

North Island Coriander Black by North Island Beer

North Island Coriander Black

Coriander / cilantro is a funny herb in Japan. Some people love it, others, like my wife, detest it, and can only put up with it while it is masked by other flavours, such as in a curry. North Island Coriander Black was immediately given a wide berth by her because of the word “coriander” on the bottom right of the …

Shiga Kogen DPA by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen DPA 志賀高原DPA

How the heck do Tamamura Honten knock out so many limited edition beers so quickly and so often? Shiga Kogen DPA, which means draft pale ale, is kind of a limited edition beer though the draft version of it can be found in places such as Craft Beer Bar in Kannai. Shiga Kogen DPA is a 5.5% American Pale Ale that was …

Hidatakayama Stout by Hida Takayama Beer

Hidatakayama Stout 飛騨高山スタウト

Hidatakayama Stout is a 7% imperial stout produced by Hida Takayama Beer and was a spur on the moment purchase from their online store. Stouts are a tough one for me; it feels like it should be a meal in itself rather than something I should be drinking perhaps to quench my thirst or relax after a long day of writing. Hidatakayama …

Sankt Gallen Kita Kamakura no Megumi by Sankt Gallen Brewery

Sankt Gallen Kita Kamakura no Megumi

Those long days of walking from Ofuna to Kamakura for “fun” are long behind me though with Sankt Gallen Kita Kamakura no Megumi, they come flooding back with a smile on my face and blisters on my feet. Sankt Gallen Kita Kamakura no Megumi is a a 5% amber ale from Sankt Gallen and in the past has been a seasonal beer; …

Iwate Kura IPA by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura IPA

Iwate Kura IPA is Sekinoichi Shuzo’s main IPA that is produced all year round. It is based on the traditional IPA recipes that were once drunk after the long journey from the UK to India. Iwate Kura IPA is brewed with four times the regular amount of hops and won silver at the 2006 International Beer Competition. Iwate Kura IPA Aroma …

Shimane Zakuro Arils by Shimane Beer Company

Shimane Zakuro Arils

Shimane Zakuro Arils is a blonde ale by Matsue Beer Hearn in Shimane. It’s made with pomegranate purée, and has been created to appeal specifically to the female market. Pomegranate is supposedly beneficial during pregnancy, and I guess that’s all the excuse you need to throw one in a beer and call it a ladies’ beer for ladylike ladies. Well, …

Sankt Gallen Kansha No Nama Black/Kuro by Sankt Gallen

Sankt Gallen Kansha No Nama Black/Kuro

Following up on the tails of its sibling Sankt Gallen Kansha No Nama White/Kogane, comes Sankt Gallen Kansha No Nama Black/Kuro, a 5.4% stout from Sankt Gallen. Like the White/Kogane version, the Black/Kuro version was originally brewed for Father’s Day in 2010, though since then, it has been brewed annually. Moreover, it can also be found in small 330ml bottles, or the …

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Sankt Gallen Kansha No Nama Gold/Kogane by Sankt Gallen

Sankt Gallen Kansha No Nama Gold/Kogane

Sankt Gallen Kansha No Nama Gold/Kogane is Sankt Gallen’s version of an American pale ale that comes in a variety of sizes, all at 4.8% ABV, but the most impressive is the 1.8L sake bottle size that is occasionally on sale. It was supposedly first brewed for Father’s Day back in 2010 though it is still found throughout the year. The …

Shiga Kogen No 10 Anniversary IPA by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen No 10 志賀高原其の十

Shiga Kogen No 10 Anniversary IPA is an IPA beer brewed to celebrate the anniversary of Tamamura Honten’s Shiga Kogen range of beers in 2014. It has an abv of 7.5% and is, of writing, in its second production. Who knows? Perhaps a limited edition beer that Tamamura Honten will keep producing? Shiga Kogen No 10 Anniversary IPA Aroma and …