Ajiwai Tenku by Tazawako Kohan no Mori Beer

Ajiwai Tenku

Ajiwai Tenku is another award-winning beer from Tazawako Kohan no Mori Beer that is brewed in the helles, meaning bright, lager style from Bavaria. An all-malt beer, Ajiwai Tenku, like Ajiwai Tenya, is brewed for the Queen’s Isetan chain of supermarkets across Japan. Ajiwai Tenku Aroma and Taste Ajiwai Tenku pours out like there is no tomorrow. Whoosh! It is a …

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Karuizawa Asama Kougen Premium Clear by Karuizawa Brewery

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Premium Clear

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Premium Clear is deemed to be a premium beer by Karuizawa Brewery and as a result, is sold at a premium price of over ¥500 a bottle. Thankfully, there is a canned version available, but BeerTengoku is yet to see it in the wild, unlike the cheaper versions of Karuizawa Asama Kougen Black or Weiss. Karuizawa Asama Kougen Premium …

Goya Dry by Helios Brewery

Goya Dry

Goya Dry is Helios Brewery’s souvenir beer. It’s a dry lager made with goya (bitter melon in English), and can be found in every single goddamn souvenir shop in Okinawa, it seems.   Goya Dry Aroma and Taste It looks like a vile, villainous happoshu and initially smells like it as well. My temples are throbbing. Regular happoshu started giving …

Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Red Rice

Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale is a Belgian strong ale, packing in 7% in a small bottle that is brewed using traditional Japanese red rice, which is usually a sign of celebration during important Japanese events. Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale is also brewed using strains of yeast normally found in sake production as well to ensure the red rice ferments. …

Iwate Kura Red Ale by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Red Ale

Coming from Northern Honshu is this Iwate Kura Red Ale, which is brewed similar to an Irish ale. Available in both cask and bottled form, it won a gold award at the 2007 International Beer Competition. Iwate Kura Red Ale Aroma & Taste Iwate Kura Red Ale pours out a deep amber-red colour with a slight head that lingers for longer …

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Gotemba Kogen Weizen by Gotemba Kogen

Gotemba Kogen Weizen

Gotemba Kogen Weizen is brewed from German malt imported from Bavaria and is one of the few beers that are available outside of the Gotemba Kogen resort in bottled form; however, it can be bought in can form from their online store or the resort. If you do visit the resort then you can also buy larger 2L growlers that …

Hitachino Nest New Year Celebration Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Commerative Ale

Hitachino Nest New Year Celebration Ale, also known as Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale, is a traditional Eisbock beer that incorporates a very complex brewing method. The water, not alcohol, freezes thus concentrating the flavours. Along with five different malts (yes, five!), four different hops, and several different spices such as coriander, nutmeg and other traditional end of year spices, it really …

Coedo Imperial IPA by Coedo

Coedo Imperial IPA

So Coedo Imperial IPA. BeerTengoku finally managed to track this beer down one lonely Friday night and we were aghast that it existed. We’ve always heard rumours about Coedo producing a double IPA, what with their crazy Coedonado Ichiro’s Malt concoction being another of their special beers, so when it come down to it, we knew we wanted the Coedo …

Shiga Kogen Porter by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Porter

Another product of Tamamura Honten, Shiga Kogen Porter stealthed its way out of my fridge under cover of darkness and, with ninja-like reflexes, opened itself and emptied its contents skilfully into my glass. At least, that’s what I told my wife.   I mean, look at this thing. It’s obsidian. No light can escape it. It’s Tactical Espionage Beer. If the …

Suwa Roman Rindou Alt by Reijin Shuzo

Yatsugatake Roman

Suwa Roman Rindou Alt is an altbier produced in the Nagano region of Japan. I have to admit never having heard of this beer before someone gave it to me as a souvenir, so I was very apprehensive about drinking it. I was worried that Suwa Roman would turn out to be a dud like so many local beers that produced in Japan, …