Shiga Kogen Indian Summer Saison by Shiga Kogen

Shiga Kogen Indian Summer Saison

Saisons are one of the two beers I have generally avoided since getting into the craft beer world. Lagers, I have cast out of my sphere of beer drinkitude due to the fact that their reputation has been forever tainted by countless Big Four dishwater excretions. A more personal reason is behind the saison’s pariah status in my beer parish, …

Rokko Pilsner by Rokko Craft Brewery

Rokko Pilsner Beer

A recent discovery in Kanto for me, I managed to find a bottle of Rokko Pilsner hiding in Tokyu Hands in Yokohama. I last had it in 2013 when I was in Kobe for work and had not been able to find it since. Rokko is a 5% Czech style pilsner that is the brewery’s flagship beer. Rokko Pilsner Aroma …

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Kinshachi Blue Label by Kinshachi Beer

Kinshachi blue label

Coming out of Kinshachi, Nagoya, Kinshachi Blue label is a pilsner style beer that has won five awards over the last decade around the world: four golds awards at the International Beer Convention and also at the Japan cup, and one silver award as well. So this must be a good beer, right? Kinshachi Blue Label Aroma and Taste Kinshachi Blue Label pours …

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Minoh Weizen by Minoh Beer

Minoh Weizen

Mionh Weizen is another award-winning beer from Minoh Beer, having won first place in 2003 and in 2004 in the best weizen category at the Japan Beer Festival in Osaka. Along with the rest of Minoh’s range, the Minoh Weizen is slowly making inroads into the Kanto area. Minoh Weizen Aroma and Taste Minoh Weizen pours our extremely well, with …

Kaze Soyogu Pils by Tazawako Kohan no Mori

kazesoyogo pils

Kaze Soyogu Pils is sold at Queens Isetan stores across Japan, and is brewed by Tazawako Kohan no Mori. It is an award-winning beer for best-testing pilsner in Japan. The bottle comes in two variations: one with a tree, as seen below, and also an own-brand Queens Isetan label, by Green Q. Kaze Soyogu Pils Aroma and Taste Kaze Soyogu Pils pours cloudy with a cream, …

Shiga Kogen Pale Ale by Shiga Kogen Beer

Shiga Kogen Pale Ale

I’d just flown back to the mainland from Okinawa (arms tired, ho ho) and wanted a nice, light beer to refresh myself. I went for the Shiga Kogen Pale Ale by Shiga Kogen Beer and tried to formulate some thoughts before I collapsed from exhaustion. Shiga Kogen Pale Ale Aroma and Taste This beer pours smooth with no head, which …

Baird Second Strike Apple Ale by Baird Beer

Second Strike Apple Ale (besides being a mouthful to ask for) is a seasonal collaboration between Baird Beer and Alias, a Harajuku supplier in Tokyo. Second Strike Apple Ale has fresh Nagano red apples added three times during the brewing process; twice in the wort and once before the bottling stage.   Second Strike Apple Ale Aroma & Taste Second …

Kinshachi Red Label by Morita Kinshachi Beer

Kinshachi Red Label

This beer reviewing lark. I’ve been at it for over a month now, and already some beers have cropped up that taste almost identical to previous brews. Case in point: Kinshachi Red Label by Morita Kinshachi Beer seems to be riding on the coat tails of Hitachino Amber Ale, albeit as a pale imitation of Kiuchi’s brew. Kinshachi Red Label …

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Ginga Kogen Pale Ale by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen Pale Ale 銀河高原ペールエール

Ginga Kogen Pale Ale is an English pale ale and advertised as a premium beer by Ginga Kogen. One of Ginga Kogen’s main beers, it is becoming increasingly common to see this in stores, and this was bought in my local regional supermarket for about ¥240. Ginga Kogen Pale Ale Aroma and Taste The first thing I noticed when Ginga …

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Nide Lager by Baird Brewing

Nide lager

Nide Lager is a collaborative beer brewed by Baird Beer and sold under a separate company called Nide, which also owns the Good Beer Faucets chain of bars. Nide Lager used to be bottled by Baird Beer but is now only found on sale at Good Beer Faucets in Shibuya and also in Fukuoka. Nide Lager Aroma and Taste Nide Lager pours …