Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA by Baird Beer

Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA ベアードスルガベイインペリアルIPA

Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA is an imperial or double IPA from Baird Beer and weighs in at 8.5% ABV. Pretty strong stuff but in the Baird Taprooms it is served in a “smaller” larger glass than some of the other regular beers. During our interview with Bryan Baird and Chris Poel, it was noted that Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA …

Shonan Beer Pilsner by Kumazawa Brewing

Shonan Beer Pilsner

Shonan Beer Pilsner is one of the stalwarts of the Shonan Beer range but in the past, I’ve usually avoided buying it as regular readers will know that Japan has pilsners left, right, and centre on sale, so I try to find other styles of beers instead. This bottle of Shonan Beer Pilsner was a present from a friend who knows …

Shonan Beer Belgian Stout by Kumazawa Brewing

Shonan Beer Belgian Stout

During a recent visit to Mokichi in Fujisawa with the family, I noticed there were some “new” bottles in the takeaway fridge, that is this Shonan Beer Belgian Stout I say “new” because I didn’t see them last time I was there. There were a couple of other, what shall I say, risque labels too on show but more of …

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Osaka Kuni no Cho Kura Amber by Kotobuki Brewing

Osaka Kuni no Cho Kura Amber

Osaka Kuni no Cho Kura Amber is a 5% amber ale that is brewed using three kinds of malt: pale malt, ale malt, and caramel malt which are imported from the Czech Republic, Germany, and USA respectively with New Zealand yeast thrown in to make it a truly cosmopolitan beer. Osaka Kuni no Cho Kura Amber Aroma and Taste Osaka …

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Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen

Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen was a present from a friend of ours to celebrate six months of BeerTengoku and has been eagerly awaited since it was given to us. Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen, as the name suggests, is a dark wheat beer style based on a German style of beer that is best drunk in Spring or Autumn. Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen Aroma and …

Niigata Sparkling Mango by Niigata Beer

Niigata Sparkling Mango

Niigata Sparkling Mango seemed like a good idea at the time. Let’s introduce a fruit adjunct into our beer. If the Belgians can use cherries, oranges, apples, or coriander, then why not go tropical? Niigata Sparkling Mango is brewed with fresh mango though the exact amount is unknown. Niigata Sparkling Mango Aroma and Taste I don’t know what I expected …

Sankt Gallen Sakura by Sankt Gallen

Sankt Gallen Sakura

Sankt Gallen Sakura is the spring addition to the sweet fruits range from Sankt Gallen and uses sakura, better known as cherry blossom, synonymous with Japanese springtime. It’s a 5% fruit / spiced beer that goes on sale from mid-February annually and is based on a wheat beer recipe. For those who need further details about the amounts used, 60kgs …

Niigata Le Lectier by Niigata Beer

Niigata Le Lectier

Niigata Le Lectier follows up the fruit range of beers produced by Niigata Beer, along with their Ale de Blue Berry and also their mango beer, neither of which really convinced us of the merits of adding anything other than cherries to your beer. This time around, Niigata Le Lectier contains pears from the Le Lectier family grown in Niigata prefecture. It …

Helios Porter by Helios Beer

Helios Porter

Helios Porter is a beer based on an 18th century traditional English style of porters. It is sometimes known as Helios Hoshizora no Porter for those with a Japanese naming lean. The unusual thing about this beer is that there is no mention of it on the Helios website. Not a single mention. No picture. No holding space. Nada. The …

Kinshachi Black by Morita Kinshachi Brewery

Kinshachi Black

Kinshachi Black is a schwarzbier produced by Morita Kinshachi Brewery. We first came across it at World Gourmet in Yokohama during a tasting session a while back and picked up a couple of bottles for “testing” purposes. The trouble is, there is no mention of it on the Kinshachi Beer website so it’s unknown whether Kinshachi Black is a limited …