Kinshachi Platinum Ale by Morita Kinshachi Brewery

Kinshachi Platinum Ale

Platinum. More expensive than gold. Rarer than gold. Bright and shiny. Therefore Kinshachi Platinum Ale must be worth its weight as a premium craft beer. Kinshachi Platinum Ale is another award-winning beer from Morita Kinshachi Brewery having won awards at the Japan Asia Beer Cup in 2010 and 2012, and also the International Beer Competition in 2011. If Morita keeps winning …

Yo-Ho Boku Beer Kimi Beer by Yo-Ho Brewing

Boku Beer, Kimi Beer

Yo-Ho Boku Beer Kimi Beer (For You & Me) is a collaboration between Yo-Ho Brewing and Lawson’s convenience store chain. The sharp-eyed reader of BeerTengoku would have noticed this beer at the BeerFes Yokohama event back in September.Yo-Ho Boku Beer Kimi Beer  is a saison style beer that comes in at 5%, much lower than the current import fad of …

Karuizawa Asama Kogen Kolsch by Karuizawa Brewery

Karuizawa Beer Kolsch

So another one from Karuizawa Brewery, with the Karuizawa Asama Kogen Kolsch as part of the premium ale range. Available in can form only, Karuizawa Asama Kogen Kolsch is priced at a premium price, like their other. Thankfully, it follows the German purity laws, unlike the others, and is made from hops and barley for this Kolsch aka Kölsch. Karuizawa Asama Kogen …

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Oh! La! Ho Captain Crow Extra Pale Ale by Oh! La! Ho Beer

Oh! La! Ho Captain Crow Extra Pale Ale

Oh! La! Ho Captain Crow Extra Pale Ale is supposed to be an extra pale ale, but it comes across more of an American pale ale, more about that later. It was a lucky find as I’ve never seen this beer before outside of Nagano, well to be more specific, outside of the Oh! La! Ho Beer brewery. I snapped it …

Ginga Kogen Weizen by Ginga Kogen

Ginga Kogen Weizen

I came across Ginga Kogen Weizen when I was stumbling around Yokohama and came across an alcohol store in Sogo department store. Ginga Kogen Weizen is a 5% hefeweizen that is neither pasteurized nor sterilised during the manufacturing process. Besides that, there isn’t much information about this beer either on the Ginga Kogen website nor elsewhere. Ginga Kogen Weizen Aroma …

Oh! La! Ho Bossa Nova IPA by Oh! La! Ho Beer

Bossa Nova IPA

Karuizawa Summer Ale, more commonly known as Oh! La! Ho Bossa Nova IPA, is a 6% American IPA produced by Oh! La! Ho beer and is part of their summer lineup. In 10 years of living in Japan, I found it for the first time after a visit to Le Collier. Bossa Nova IPA, as that is what I am calling …

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Black by Karuizawa Brewery

Karuizawa Kogen Black

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Black is Karuizawa Brewery’s attempt at a 5% schwarzbier, or a black lager. Brewed using rice and corn starch, as well as traditional hops, it is very much a Japanese take on a German classic. Karuizawa Asama Kougen Black is available in can form as of writing. Karuizawa Asama Kougen Black Aroma and Taste Karuizawa Asama Kougen Black …

Baird Joie de Vivre Golden Ale by Baird Beer

Joie de vivre golden ale

Life! So joyous! So wow! BAird Joie de Vivre Golden Ale by Baird Beer is a statement of declaration. No longer must you celebrate life alone, now you can celebrate it with style with beer, with craft beer for crying out loud! Joie de Vivre Golden Ale is part of Baird Beer’s seasonal beers, which is usually found on tap from 8th July, …

Yona Yona Real Ale by Yo-Ho Brewing

Yona Yona Real Ale

Yona Yona Real Ale is a special version of Yo-Ho Brewing’s Yona Yona Ale. Yona Yona Real Ale is a premium ale that is sold at a slightly higher price than their regular beer and is marketed along the lines of being a UK style real ale. Which really doesn’t bode well. Growing up in the UK, any time someone said …

Baird Giebels Alt by Baird Brewing Company

Giebels Alt

Baird Giebels Alt is part of Baird Beer’s special series and was brewed to celebrate the opening of their new Shuzenji Brewery in June 2014. Our bottle of Baird Giebels Alt was brewed just before the new brewery was opened and comes in a nondescript label, so you have to be careful to spot this one. Baird Giebels Alt Aroma …