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Outsider Enigma IPA by Outsider Brewing

Outsider Enigma IPA is a 6% IPA from Outsider Brewing that was first released at the Japan Brewers’ Cup in January 2016. It took the gold medal to become Japan’s best IPA for 2016 and is brewed using Enigma hops sourced from Australia. At the time of writing, Outsider Enigma IPA is a draft only beer with no plans for it …

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AJB Shinshu Soba Stout by Anglo-Japanese Brewing

AJB Shinshu Soba Stout

AJB Shinshu Soba Stout is a 5% dry stout from Anglo-Japanese Brewing that is part of their all-year round range of beers. Like the other beers from AJB, this beer showcases off some of the local Shinshu, which is the old name for the Nagano region, soba. The soba seeds are roasted and then added to the mash. At the …

AJB Espresso Stout by Anglo-Japanese Brewing

AJB Espresso Stout

AJB Espresso Stout is a 10% imperial porter from Anglo-Japanese Brewing Company, based in Nozawaonsen, Nagano. With this beer, AJB took beans from Allpress Roastery Tokyo, part of the chain of Allpress coffee shops from New Zealand, and used their Imperiality as a base to make this winter seasonal beer. At the time of writing, it can only be found on draft …

Outsider The Darkside Imperial Stout by Outsider Brewing

Outsider The Darkside Imperial Stout

Outsider The Darkside Imperial Stout is an 8% imperial stout from Outsider Brewing, based in Yamanashi. It is part of their winter seasonal lineup and at the time of writing, can be found on tap across Japan though there have been no sightings of any bottled form of it. Besides that, there is not much known about this beer in …

Baird Nakameguro Bitter by Baird Beer

Baird Nakameguro Bitter

Baird Nakameguro Bitter is a 6.3% extra special bitter (ESB) from Baird Beer, based in Shizuoka. Each of the Baird Taprooms have a special one-location beer and if the name wasn’t a giveaway then this one is only available at their Naka-Meguro location. It’s brewed using Mandarina Bavaria hops from Germany and is available on draft only. Baird Nakameguro Bitter …

Nagisa Eyepatch Stout by Nagisa Beer

Nagisa Eyepatch Stout

Nagisa Eyepatch Stout is a 5% stout from Nagisa Beer that is part of their winter line up and can be found in both bottles and on tap. This review is of the draft version I had at Biere Cave Jan Bar before realising there was a bottled version of it. Not much is known about the ingredients besides Nagisa Eyepatch Stout containing …

Yokohama Peated Black by Yokohama Beer

Yokohama Peated Black

Yokohama Peated Black is a 6% smoked beer from Yokohama Beer that is part of their winter seasonal line up of draft beers. The recipe calls for peated malt NOT peat from Ireland – who in their right mind would put soil in the beer – though the use of peated malt is increasingly rare as well as smoked malt …

Outsider The Counties Pale Ale by Outsider Brewing

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Outsider The Counties Pale Ale is a 5.5% American pale ale from Outsider Brewing, based in Yamanashi. It’s part of their all-year round range and can be found on draft form online, at the time of writing. It’s brewed using Styrian Goldings hops from Slovenia as the aroma hops and has an IBU of 29. Outsider The Counties Pale Ale Aroma …

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Yorocco Skywalker IPA by Yorocco Beer

Yorocco Skywalker IPA is a 6% American IPA from Yorocco Beer, based in Zushi, Kanagawa. I was going to make this review full of Star Wars references but I got told, in no uncertain terms by Joe, not to do it. Its name has an obvious link to the movies but rumours are abound that it is actually a reference …

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Ushitora #70 First Impact by Ushitora Brewery

Ushitora #70 First Impact

Ushitora #70 First Impact is a 7.3% American Black IPA or a Belgian strong ale from Ushitora Brewery, based in Tochigi. Why have we given it two different styles? Well, I’ve had it twice in less than a week and both places (Maltan in Kanda and Sakura Taps in Yokohama) had listed under two different styles. This beer is a renewal …