Hitachino Nest Nipponia by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Nipponia

Hitachino Nest Nipponia was one of the first beers on the Japanese craft beer market to use domestic hops and barley; the Sorachi Ace and Kaneko Golden respectively. First brewed in 2009, Hitachino Nest Nipponia was exclusively top-fermented; however, since summer 2011, it has been bottom fermented instead. It is a cross between a golden ale and a blond ale. …

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Helios Weizen by Helios Brewery

helios weizen

Helios Weizen is brewed based on a German kristalweizen recipe which means, in English, it’s a clear wheat beer. It’s also called Blue Sky And Sea Beer due to the kanji on the can but pretty much no one in Japan calls it that. Helios Weizen is one of Helios’ main lineup and can be easily found across Okinawa. Helios Weizen Aroma …

Gotemba Kogen Weizenbock by Gotemba Kogen

Gotemba Kogen Weizenbock

Gotemba Kogen Weizenbock is based on the traditional German style which is a stronger version of an hefeweizen or unfiltered weizen. This one weighs in at 7% ABV and is available in a variety of sizes from the online Gotemba Kogen store. Besides that, not much else is known about Gotemba Kogen Weizenbock as there is a distinct lack of information about this …

Niigata Golden Kolsch by Niigata Beer

golden kolsch

Golden Kolsch is a kölsch beer (duh!) that uses the typical German style beer but ramps up the alcohol content to 8% because Niigata Beer can. Heck, if you lived in one of the coldest parts of Japan in the winter months, you’d be brewing up high alcohol beer too. This beer is also 100% bottle conditioned like the rest …

Brown no Kaze by Tazawako Kohan no Mori

brown no kaze

Brown no Kaze beer, otherwise known as Tazawako Kohan no Mori Dunkel, is another beer that comes in two different labels. The one below is the most recent label for the Queen’s Isetan brand of supermarkets, alongside the Ajiwai Tenku and the Ajiwai Tenya beers. Both beers, or so I am led to believe, are brewed from the same recipe. Brown no Kaze …

Sankt Gallen Yokohama XPA by Sankt Gallen

sankt gallen yokohama xpa

Sankt Gallen Yokohama XPA is an IPA style beer that is sold as an extra pale ale by Sankt Gallen and is one of their strongest regular beers. Confused enough yet? It is also brewed on a recipe from 150 years ago and uses fresh Yokohama water from the source, and not the bay thankfully. Sankt Gallen Yokohama XPA has also …

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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 …

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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. …