Ise Kadoya Stout by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Stout

Ise Kadoya have been making their award-winning stout for over a decade, most recently winning the silver medal at the International Beer cup in 2014, and they have been constantly tweaking the recipe with each iteration. Ise Kadoya Stout is part of their year-round range and can be bought in 350ml can or bottle form, or this larger 500ml bottle. …

Onuma India Pale Ale by Onuma Craft Brewery

Onuma India Pale Ale

Onuma IPA by Onuma Brewery is a beer that we’ve had before but were unsure of it. It’s an India pale ale brewed with an 30% more malt that usual and weighs in at 8%. Our first tasting of Onuma IPA was in Hokkaido in 2013 on a drive across the island. Onuma IPA Aroma and Taste Onuma IPA poured …

Daisen G Beer Weizenbock by Kumezakura Daisen Brewery

Daisen G Beer Weizenbock

Weizenbocks have been a revelation of late and it’s a style I’ve begun to enjoy. They seem to take the wheat and bananas tones from a weizen and lift them to produce a hearty beer that warms you up in winter. Daisen G Beer Weizenbock is a limited edition beer from Kumezakura Daisen Brewery that is usually on sale from around …

Shinshu Soba Kiko by Niigata Beer

Shinshu Soba KikoShinshu Soba Kiko

Soba, known as buckwheat, is one of my favourite things in Japan. I love soba noodles and will happily survive on them throughout the summer months besides the thought of scurvy taking its toll. Soba tea is refreshing and has a nutty twang to it that beats English tea. Oops. Blasphemy! Years ago, I made some fresh soba and had …

Baird Shikoku Wit by Baird Beer

Baird Shikoku Wit

Baird Shikoku Wit is a Belgian witbier and also not a funny beer, ba-doom-tish. It is brewed with wheat grown in Kagawa prefecture, in Shikoku, an island between Kyushu and Honshu. However, the biggest difference between the traditional Belgian witbier, such as Hitachino Nest White Ale, and this one is that no spices or fruits are added at all. Baird …

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Klar Helles by Kai Draft Beer

Klar Helles

Klar Helles by Kai Draft Beer is one of those beers that gets you excited when you come across it in a store. It’s an unknown beer that you have never seen before and you know you want to buy it. Klar Helles is brewed in Yamanashi, aka wine country in Japan, and was pointed out to me on the …

Sankt Gallen Smoked Chocolate Stout by Sankt Gallen Brewery

Sankt Gallen Smoked Chocolate Stout

Cheese! How many times have I started a beer review with that word? You may have gathered from reading any of my stout or porter reviews that I really dislike the “cheesy” flavour that a lot of them possess (I call it “lacto”, but I’m not even sure if that’s the right word. Need to check that. Know your enemy, …

Baird Ishii Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA 2015

Baird Ishii Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

I have been patiently awaiting for Baird Ishii Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA 2015 after trying Baird’s Wabi Sabi Ale and being confused by the layers involved though my interest was piqued. Green tea and beer. Green tea and I didn’t have the best of introductions; after arriving in Japan back in 2004 and barely being able to read kanji, I picked up …

Konomi Nante Kiitenaize SORRY Kurogo Imperial Porter by Yo-Ho Brewing

Konomi Nante Kiitenaize Sorry Kokugo Imperial Porter

I have a strange relationship with Konomi Nante Kiitenaize SORRY Kurogo Imperial Porter. The first time I tried it I thought it was off. Straight up, bad can. I just couldn’t explain it. It was supposed to be a porter, right? What’s with all these weird nutty sugary other flavours? (Don’t say “nuts and sugar”, you’ll ruin the surprise) Another point …

Doppo Chocolate by Miyashita Shuzo

Doppo Chocolate

Doppo Chocolate is Miyashita Shuzo’s annual gift to craft beer drinkers in Japan – a stout fortified with cocoa powder, ready for that (lonely) Valentine’s night. It’s a bottom fermented beer brewed with seven different hops although the addition of such a large amount of coca means Doppo Chocolate is sold under the classification of a happoshu. Doppo Chocolate Aroma and Taste …