Baird Rainy Season Black Ale by Baird Beer

Baird Rainy Season Black Ale

Baird Rainy Season Black Ale is a seasonal 7%, or thereabouts, black IPA out of Shizuoka by Baird Beer. It evolved from a recipe that Baird Beer did for legendary craft beer bar Popeye in Ryugoku (need to write that review at some point, that place is a second home for BeerTengoku). The yeast strain though comes from the in-house Belgian strain …

Harvestmoon Yuzu Ale by Harvestmoon Brewery

Harvestmoon Yuzu Ale

Harvestmoon Yuzu Ale is a fruit beer made with fresh yuzu, or Japanese citrus. If you’ve never heard of a yuzu before, imagine a grapefruit that has been shrunk in size by a half but still contains the potent acidity of the regular sized one. The taste of yuzu I guess, is similar to a grapefruit that has been injected with …

Echigo Weizen by Echigo Beer

Echigo Weizen

Echigo Weizen is a kristalweizen, or a weizen beer that has been filtered (unlike a hefeweizen), from Echigo Beer, Niigata. It has an abv of 5% and is based on a traditional recipe from Bavaria, Germany and uses German yeast in the recipe. Echigo Weizen is not the same as the Echigo White Ale Weizen so be careful there. Echigo Weizen …

Baird Hop Havoc Imperial Pale Ale by Baird Beer

Baird Hop Havoc Imperial Pale Ale

Baird Hop Havoc Imperial Pale Ale is a 6.5% seasonal pale ale from Baird Beer that incorporates five different hops in the making of it: Sorachi Ace, Chinook, Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial that makes it a mash-up of a pale ale and IPA. Like the Baird Suruga Bay, it is double dry hopped, thus increasing the bitterness and also the flavour and …

Shonan Beer Oiso Kotatsu Mikan Belgian White by Kumazawa Brewing

Shonan Beer Oiso Kotatsu Mikan Belgian White

Shonan Beer Oiso Kotatsu Mikan Belgian White is a seasonal beer from Kumazawa Brewing that packs local oranges into a small refined substance of 5% Belgian witbier. It’s one of those beers from Kumazawa Brewing that is not available at all of their bars, but some of their bars and it’s unknown whether that will change. I had it on my trip to …

Minoh Osaru IPA by Minoh Beer

Minoh Osaru IPA

Minoh Osaru IPA, aka the monkey beer according to a young family member, is a beer that started out as a seasonal beer from Minoh Beer, though it has ended up as being a quasi-regular beer now. Perhaps. Minoh Osaru IPA was first released to celebrate the Snow Monkey Beer Live 2013 event and is brewed using three different American hops. …

Inawashiro Weizen by Inawashiro Ji-Beer

Inawashiro Weizen

Inawashiro Weizen is one of Inawashiro Ji-Beer’s original beers first produced in 1997. It is a 4.9% German hefeweizen and can be found generally in bottled form though we have seen it on draft at Craft Beer Market Toranomon. Inawashiro Weizen is brewed using a blend of both barley malts and wheat malts to produce its distinctive flavour. (Note, even though the …

Shiga Kogen House IPA by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen House IPA

Shiga Kogen House IPA from Tamamura Honten is their take on an imperial/double IPA style, one that has proven to be popular in the USA of recent. It is brewed from 100% Maris Otter malt so the flavour differs from batch to batch, and year to year. The hops used also change in percentages from batch to batch. Shiga Kogen House …

Osaka Kuni no Cho Kura Kolsch by Kotobuki Shuzo

Osaka Kuni no Cho Kolsch

The crazy frog makes an appearance again at BeerTengoku with Osaka Kuni no Cho Kura Kolsch, a kölsch style beer from Kotobuki Shuzo. It has an abv of 5% and a frog enticing you on the label – what more do you need to know than that? Besides that, Osaka Kuni no Cho Kura Kolsch was the first beer produced by Kotobuki …

Ginga Kogen Shiro Beer by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen Shiro Beer

Ginga Kogen Shiro Beer, or Ginga Kogen Precious White Beer, is the lesser-spotted sibling in Ginga Kogen Beer’s range . It’s so hard to find that I’ve only ever seen it once in a store about three or four years ago. What it is though is a 4.5% seasonal Belgian witbier that comes out annually around the beginning of spring, usually around the …