Kyoto Hanamachi Alt by Kinishi Masamune Shuzo

Kyoto Hanamachi Alt

Kyoto Hanamachi Alt is an alt craft beer straight out of Kyoto: the city of temples, geishas, and lots of tourists so it would seem apt that there should be some local craft beers for the tourists to spend their money on. Kyoto Hanamachi Alt is available in both 350ml bottles and 1L jugs though we’ve only seen the smaller bottles on …

Ise Kadoya Brown Ale by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Brown Ale

Ise Kadoya Brown Ale, alas, is not your average brown ale, rather it is an American brown ale from Ise Kadoya. It is brewed with different kinds of hops and is part of Ise Kadoya’s summer seasonal range though we have seen it available since then. Ise Kadoya Brown Ale came about after Nakanishi-san, head Brewer, tried to out do …

Inawashiro Pilsner by Inawashiro Ji-Beer

Inawashiro Pilsner

Inawashiro Pilsner is one of those beers that has the appellation “ji-beer” tagged onto it. If you haven’t had the fortune to read Joe’s soapbox on that, go and read it now on his review of Abashiri Jaga Draft for a more informed discussion on it and its downfalls of being tagged onto a beer. Inawashiro Pilsner has been brewed since …

Inawashiro Golden Angel by Inawashiro Ji-Beer

Inawashiro Golden Angel

Inawashiro Golden Angel is a cross between two different kinds of malt; a pilsner malt and a deeply roasted caramel malt to produce a “unique” twist on a Dortmunder style beer, first brewed back in 2000. It is brewed using a mixture of these malts in the brewing process to produce a 5% beer that comes in nondescript bottles. The only way …

Niigata Beer by Niigata Beer

Niigata Beer

Niigata Beer’s tag line is “I just wanted to drink good beer” and is brewed by Niigata Beer in Niigata. Can you imagine the hours spent on coming up with name? It’s a 4.5% Belgian ale that is available in both canned and bottle forms although the bottle is 100% bottle conditioned so be weary of sediment. Niigata Beer Aroma …

Kamakura Prime Beer Tsukiyo no Niji by Kamakura Beer

Kamakura Prime Beer Hoshi no Taiga

Kamakura Prime Beer Tsukiyo no Niji, which is part of the Kamakura Prime range, is 5.5% English pale from Kamakura Beer. It was randomly discovered after a trip to Mokichi in Fujisawa when Joe and myself went for a nice unromantic walk along the river down to, ahem, KY Liquor. Turns out that this is only sold during holiday periods …

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Abashiri Jaga Draft by Abashiri Beer

Abashiri Jaga Draft

Speaking to anyone who makes beer for a living, you’ll undoubtedly hear that it’s not a financial tiptoe through the tulips. Long hours, no holidays, endless debt and putting your monetary stability on the line seem to go hand in hand with getting people drunk in new and interesting ways. Joe’s Soapbox Corner on Abashiri Jaga Draft One of the …

Full Moon Beer by Otaru Beer Brewery

Full Moon Beer

Full Moon Beer, from Otaru in Hokkaido, is pilsner style beer that comes in a variety of labels. Based on lunar cycles, somebody decided to brew the Full Moon Beer at the dawn of a full moon night and then slowly mature it for a whole lunar cycle, with special yeast added. Sound like pseudo-science babble to me. This 5% …

Aqula Namahage Bock by Aqula

Aqula Namahage Bock

Aqula Namahage Bock, better known as Aqula Q Bock. is a dunkler bock style beer from Akita, Japan. At the point of bottling, it is supposedly 7% though if left to condition in the bottle further, it may be higher. During the conditioning process, Aqula Namahage Bock is left to ripen further to produce bolder flavours. Aqula Namahage Bock Aroma and …

Gran Agri Weizen by Waku Waku Farm

Gran Agri Weizen

So JR opened a new shinkansen line, from Tokyo to Kanazawa, and in turn, we get a new craft beer in New Days stores in the form of Gran Agri Weizen. It’s a 5% hefeweizen brewed using a new variety of wheat from Komatsu Industries based in Ishikawa and barley from the “six-row variety”. Gran Agri Weizen Aroma and Taste …