Shiga Kogen Africa Pale Ale by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Africa Pale Ale

Shiga Kogen Africa Pale Ale is a 5% American pale ale from Tamamura Honten and is sometimes advertised as AfPA in bars. While it does have the word Africa in its name, Shiga Kogen Africa Pale Ale is not made from any African ingredients. The concept behind the beer is that it is halfway to being an IPA based on the …

Kamakura Pale Ale by Kamakura Beer

kamakura star pale ale

Finally, Kamakura Pale Ale by Kamakura Beer finds its way to BeerTengoku. Kamakura Beer isn’t that easy to find even though Kamakura Pale Ale is one of their main beers. A premium beer priced at about ¥500 a bottle, not including tax, means that it is often passed over for cheaper beer on the shelf. This beer is also sold under the name …

Ginga Kogen Pilsner by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen Pilsner

Ginga Kogen Pilsner is supposedly produced by Ginga Kogen Beer; however, there is nothing on their website about it and not much out there. Perhaps it’s an end-of-line beer that they’re getting rid of but Ginga Kogen Pilsner is out there, if you can find it. It’s brewed using a Czech recipe. Ginga Kogen Pilsner Aroma and Taste Ginga Kogen Pilsner is …


Minoh Pilsner by Minoh Beer

Minoh Pilsner

Hey! It’s another beer from Minoh! If Aooni is my beer of the year then Minoh is fast becoming my brewery. One day I’ll go to Osaka and visit them. Today is not the day, though. Why? Because I’m cold and it’s one week from payday. Don’t worry. Minoh Pilsner is great. Despite being a pilsner, it’s made by Minoh. …

Atsugi Honey Ale by Atsugi Beer

atsugi honey ale

Atsugi Honey Ale is a beer brewed using an American pale ale recipe with a good dosage of honey in the mix. I have to admit, even though Atsugi Beer is really near to where I live, I have never seen them in stock in the area. Atsugi Honey Ale won the best fruit beer award in the 1998 International …

Unazuki Beer Kolsch by Unazuki Beer

Unazuki Beer Kolsch

Unazuki Beer Kolsch is based on a traditional kölsch recipe out of Cologne, Germany that was originally brewed in the the 13th to 15th century. I’m not saying Unazuki Beer Kolsch is that old. The kanji 十字峡 refers to the design on the can and can be translated as “cross the gorge”. It is available in both can or bottles. Unazuki Beer …

Otaru Bakushu Pilsner by Hokkaido Bakushu Jozo

Otaru Bakushu Pilsner

Otaru Bakushu Pilsner is marketed on its organic malts and hops produced in Hokkaido, Japan and is brewed by Hokkaido Bakushu Jozo, not to be confused with Otaru Beer. Like most pilsners, it is based on a Czech recipe but besides that, there is not much information about Otaru Bakushu Pilsner on the market. I don’t know whether that is a …


North Island Stout by North Island Beer

North Island Stout

North Island Beer is, as you may have guessed, a brewery from the northern island of Hokkaido. Specifically Sapporo. You’d expect beers from North of the Wall would be hearty, robust and good for winter swigging. And, well, you’d be right. North Island Stout is a stout though. And I am not a fan of the lactic cheesiness often found in …

Baird Yabai Yabai Strong Scotch Ale by Baird Beer

Baird Yabai Yabai Strong Scotch Ale

Yabai Yabai Strong Scotch Ale is, dum dum duuuuum, a scotch ale produced by Baird Beer. Scotland is known for its whisky but not so much for its beers. Due to lack of sun, nothing grows up there. Jokes aside, some stuff does grow, such as one of beer’s most important ingredients – barley. Yabai Yabai Strong Scotch Ale Aroma …


Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt by Karuizawa Brewery

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt is another beer by Karuizawa Brewery. Just how have they produced so many different beers for such a young company? Thankfully, Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt is brewed using only hops and barley, unlike some of the other beers in their range. At the time of writing, Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt was only available in can form only. Karuizawa …