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Shonan Black IPA by Kumazawa Shuzo

Shonan Black IPA

Shonan Black IPA is a 6% black IPA from Kumazawa Shuzo that is part of their winter seasonal list. The Shonan Beer already has a “regular” IPA on the list, reviewed here, and this version is nigh on the same besides the usage of dark malt, possible carafa III, in the mashing stage, though at the time of writing, it …

Ise Kadoya Mocha French Coffee Stout by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Mocha French Coffee Stout

Ise Kadoya Mocha French Coffee Stout is a 5% stout from Ise Kadoya that is part of their limited edition draft beer range of beers. It was first released in November 2015 and follows their Ise Kadoya French Coffee Stout series after the Mandheling version back in Spring 2015. It is available on draft only and I think that the people …

Bay Brewing Iwasaki IPA By Bay Brewing Yokohama

Bay Brewing Iwasaki IPA

Bay Brewing Iwasaki IPA is a 6.8% American India pale ale from Bay Brewing Yokohama. It is brewed using Yokohama-grown barley from Iwasaki-san, hence the name, who lives in Yokohama. It is triple-hopped with Falconer’s Flight, Motueka, and Chinook hops in the boil and then dry-hopped with Amarillo hops. At the time of writing, Bay Brewing Iwasaki IPA is only available …

Swan Lake Big Daddy Imperial Red Ale by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Big Daddy Imperial Red Ale

Swan Lake Big Daddy Imperial Red Ale is an 8% imperial red ale winter seasonal from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery, also known as Swan Lake Beer, that is their contribution to the Masaji Beer Project. Unlike the rest of the range of the beers, it is a draft only release with no plans to release it in bottles. The reason behind …

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Shonan IPA HBC 342 by Kumazawa Shuzo

Shonan IPA HBC 342

Shonan IPA HBC 342 is a limited edition 6% American IPA from Kumazawa Shuzo, based in Chigasaki, Kanagawa. It uses the one of the newest breeds of hops on the market, strain HBC 342 from Hopunion, which is so new that it doesn’t have a name yet. At the time of writing, it’s available on tap only so you have …

August Black by August Beer

August Black

August Black is a winter seasonal 5.5% schwarz beer from August Beer based in Tokyo. During a recent trip to their Roppongi branch, the owner mentioned that the seasonal was a new one worth trying and gave us a quick sample – that’s how you get customers hooked. It’s not brewed by August Beer but rather it seems in Okayama as …

Hansharo Mikado by Hansharo Beer

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Hansharo Mikado is a 9.5% Russian imperial stout from Hansharo that is part of their winter lineup of beers. It is first released November 2015 and is brewed using Phoenix, Admiral, and Bramling Cross hops to produce a beer with an IBU of 65 units. It is unknown whether Hansharo Mikado will see a bottled release; however, it can be found …

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Baird Shohei IPA by Baird Beer

Baird Shohei IPA

Baird Shohei IPA, or to give it its full name – A Brewer & A Gentleman – Shohei’s IPA, is a 7.5% American brewed in honour of Shohei Taguchi, who unfortunately passed away in August 2015. Taguchi-san had made a name for himself working at both Baird Beer and Yo-Ho Brewing before starting up his own brewery, Botanical Beverage Works …

Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie by Kyoto Brewing Company

Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie

Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie, which roughly translates to “one moment, one time” or if you use Google Translate “Forrest Gump”. I think someone might be pulling our leg. Anyway, Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie is a saison style beer from Kyoto Brewing Company and follows up from their Snow Monkey saison. It has an abv of 5.9% and as of writing is …

Thrashzone Envenom by Thrashzone Brew Labo

Thrashzone Envenom

Thrashzone Envenom is Thrashzone Brew Labo’s take on a barley wine. What’s so extreme about that, I hear you say. If not, please say it now for artistic effect. Well it has got an abv of 11.8% for starters – more than most barley wines in Japan, but the most extreme thing about it is that it’s released in summer …