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Fujizakura Heights Rauch by Fuji Kanko Kaihatsu

Fujizakura Heights Rauch

I seem to be drinking all of the beers from Fuji Kanko Kaihatsu. Not a bad thing but Fujizakura Heights Rauch is a new style of beer for me. Rauch, which means smoked beer in English, is a German style beer that is brewed using malted barley that has been dried over a flame. People really do like making beer difficult sometimes don’t …

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Ozeno Yukidoke Brown Weizen by Ryujin Shuzo

Ozeno Yukidoke Brown Weizen

Ozeno Yukidoke Brown Weizen is a dunkelweizen, aka a dark wheat beer, produced by Ryujin Shuzo out of Gunma, Japan. One of my friends picked this up for me on a recent onsen trip. Well, I say picked up. More like, “here’s a picture of a beer I’m drinking while you are at work!”. Ozeno Yukidoke Brown Weizen is also an …

August Beer Lager by August Beer

August Beer Lager

August Beer Club ‘B’ Hiroo is a particular favourite haunt of BeerTengoku and August Beer Lager is the bottled version of their draft beer. It’s a premium lager brewed in Gotemba Kogen. Sound familiar? It should do as Gotemba Kogen Beer also brew there so it’s unknown whether the two breweries are the same with the same beer in different packages. Hopefully not. …

Karuizawa Asama Kogen Winter Weiss by Karuizawa Brewery

Karuizawa Asama Kogen Winter Weiss

Rob threw this at me in a supermarket, and then we both promptly forgot about it (I believe we were distracted by some El Diablo Barley Wine). I tried to search for it on the Karuizawa website but to no avail; Japanese brewery websites are not very promptly maintained, in my experience. Damn it to hell, I suppose I’ll have …

Konishi Howaka by Konishi Brewing

Konishi Howaka

Konishi Howaka is a funny beer. Not one that will make you laugh but another Japanese take on a foreign classic, this time being a Belgian witbier with Japanese rice added to it. Yamadanishiki rice is added to the mash and is also lower in alcohol content than regular beers, packing in a massive 3.0%, so people who aren’t tolerant to …

Oh! La! Ho Beer Pale Ale by Oh! La! Ho Beer

Oh! La! Ho Beer Pale Ale

Oh! La! Ho Beer Pale Ale is an American pale ale brewed by Oh! La! Ho Beer in Nagano. The main premise behind the beer is that it is a fragrant beer where the hops are accentuated to be at the forefront. Oh! La! Ho Beer Pale Ale is an award-winning beer having won various bronze and silver awards in its time. …

Oirase Dark Lager by Oirase Brewing Company

Oirase Dark Lager

Oirase Dark Lager is a dunkel style beer from Oirase Brewing Company and was a souvenir from a friend of ours, thanks again Hiro. Trouble is, he forgot to tell us much about the beer and there is very little information about it on the Oirase Brewing Company homepage. Oirase Dark Lager is brewed along the lines of a pilsner but …

Shonan Beer Schwarz by Kumazawa Brewing

Shonan Beer Schwarz

The beer of buddha, if the label is to be believed. Or a beer supplied by Buddha through his personal supply perhaps. Shonan Beer Schwarz is sponsored by the Big B himself and comes packaged with his mug on your bottle. During the winter months though, it’s a bit cold for the Big B and Father Christmas / Santa Claus adorns the …

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August Beer IPA by August Beer

August Beer IPA

August Beer IPA. One of our go-to-beers at August Beer Club ‘B’ in Hiroo, reviewed here has finally been tracked down in bottle form. August Beer IPA is brewed like August Beer Lager, at the Gotemba Kogen Brewery in Shizuoka and is made from three different malts and four different kinds of hops. August Beer IPA Aroma and Taste. Just before drinking …

Coedo Shikkoku by Coedo Brewery

Coedo Shikoku

Coedo Shikkoku is named after the island just south of Honshu…who am I trying to kid? Coedo Shikkoku is named after a Japanese hue, this time being the jet-black lacquer work that can be seen across Japan. It is also a schwarzbier brewed using a traditional German recipe. Coedo Shikkoku Aroma and Taste Coedo Shikkoku poured out darker than my deepest, …