Shiga Kogen Fake Weizen by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Fake Weizen

Shiga Kogen Fake Weizen is a blink-and-miss-it limited edition release from Tamamura Honten. Why is it called a “fake weizen”? Well, the beer uses saison yeast rather than regular wheat yeast though it is brewed to a traditional German weizen recipe. It has an abv of 5.5% and was first released on 28th April 2015. Hopefully, it’s an annual release …

Minamishinshu Amber Ale by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Amber Ale

After our first experience with the Minamishinshu range being so positive, we knew that we wanted to try some more. Then Minamishinshu Amber Ale suddenly popped up out of nowhere. It’s a 4.5% amber ale that we’ve seen numerous times on draft but this was our first experience of seeing it in bottles. Minamishinshu Amber Ale also won bronze medal at …

Ise Kadoya Pale Ale By Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Pale Ale is an American pale ale from Ise Kadoya that is also an award-winning beer. It was Ise Kadoya’s first beer produced back in 1997 and has an abv 0f 5%. Ise Kadoya Pale Ale is commonly available in both bottles and on draft at various locations. It is also brewed using only Cascade hops, so the batch …

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North Island Pilsner by North Island Beer

North Island Pilsner

North Island Pilsner is brewed up in the cold lands of Hokkaido by North Island Beer and is a 5% pilsner style beer. It is one of the first beers that North Island Beer made and North Island Pilsner is part of the regular range of their beers. I’ve seen it both on draft in various bars and also in bottled form. …

Hidatakayama Pale Ale by Hida Takayama Beer

Hidatakayama Pale Ale

Hidatakayama Pale Ale is a 5% pale ale from Hida Takayama Beer, based in Takayama City, Gifu. We were eager to try it after having the Hidatakayama Karumina numerous times at one of our local bars, Thrash Zone in Yokohama. After spending a few hours tracking it down, we found Hidatakayama Pale Ale in both bottle and can form though we could not …

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Imperial Stout was originally released in September 2014 by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery. Only 600L of this was made and put on sale due to the limited amount of whisky barrels available. At the time of writing, it is unknown whether Swan Lake Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is a one-off beer or if it will be on …

Johana Masaji the Great! Ore no Aji by Johana Beer

Johana Masaji the Great! Ore no Aji by Johana Beer

Johana Masaji the Great! Ore no Aji is a beer brewed annually as part of the Masaji Beer Project, an annual celebration to the life of Masaji. The 2015 version is the second time that it has been brewed and Johana Masaji the Great! Ore no Aji is a 6% IPA beer. We tried to get it on tap once at Craft …

Shonan Beer Golden Ale by Kumazawa Brewing

Shonan Beer Golden Ale

Shonan Beer Golden Ale is a 5% top fermented beer that is available all year round though the bottles can only be bought at Kumazawa Brewing’s restaurants and bars it seems. It is usually found in the regular Shonan Beer style of labelling though I couldn’t resist buying this one and walking around Fujisawa with it in the side compartment of …

North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde by North Island Beer

North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde

Never heard of haskap? You’re not the only person, but North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde is brewed with “lots of haskap” according to NorthIslandDan (@northislanddan on Twitter). North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde is a collaboration beer between North Island Beer and those brewing gypsies from Denmark, Mikkeller. After much research, we found out that haskap is a kind of berry that …

Tamamura Honten The Far East Barrel Aged House Imperial IPA by Tamamura Honten

Tamamura Honten The Far East Barrel Aged House Imperial IPA

Tamamura Honten The Far East Barrel Aged House Imperial IPA, and now breather, is a 13% American strong ale that has been stored in whiskey casks provided by Ichiro’s Malt and then floor malted. Don’t know what floor malted means? Me neither. It just means malt that has been spread out on the floor and left to dry. It has …