Minamishinshu Blueberry Hop by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Blueberry Hop 南信州ブルーベリーホップ

Minamishinshu Blueberry Hop is a 6.5% autumn seasonal fruit beer from Minamishinsu Beer Company that is produced using blueberries to a similar recipe to the Minamishinshu Apple Hop. It started originally as a spring seasonal beer though in 2015, Minamishinshu Blueberry Hop was released in September rather than in March. Why the change? Who knows. It escaped the craft beer news outlets in Japan though …

Harvestmoon Barley Wine by Harvestmoon

Harvestmoon Barleywine ハーベストムーンバーレーワイン

Harvestmoon Barley Wine is an 8% barley wine beer from Harvestmoon, based in Chiba. It was first brewed as part of Harvestmoon’s Anniversary celebrations back in 2006. Since then, Harvestmoon Barley Wine has been part of their Autumn seasonal range of beers and it can be found on both draft and in bottles. It’s also won some gold medals at …

Baird Midnight Oil Export Stout by Baird Beer

Baird Midnight Oil Export Stout

Baird Midnight Oil Export Stout is a 7% autumn seasonal foreign stout from Baird Beer in Shizuoka. Foreign stouts tend to be higher in alcohol than their regular stout counterparts though less than their bigger sibling, the Russian imperial stout. This beer is brewed using Nugget and Fuggles hops to a base of chocolate, chocolate wheat and black malts and …

Loco Tangerine Trip by Locobeer

Loco Tangerine Trip

Loco Tangerine Trip is a 5.5% saison from Locobeer that contains locally sourced Fukure oranges. If that sounds familiar to you, then it should as the Hitachino Nest DAi DAi Ale also contains the same oranges. Loco Tangerine Trip is an autumn seasonal beer that was first on sale from August 2015  and can be found in bottled form at the moment. …

Shiga Kogen Harvest Summer Saison by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Harvest Summer Saison

Saisons are becoming more popular in Japan and with Shiga Kogen Harvest Summer Saison, Tamamura Honten have produced a beer that shows off their locally produced hops in the best way possible. It’s a 5.5% saison style beer, slightly stronger than the traditional Belgian style. Moreover, Shiga Kogen Harvest Summer Saison is released in Autumn, just after the peak season of heat …

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Miyazaki Hideji Beer Information

Hideji Beer Logo

Hideji Beer, or to give the range its full name Miyazaki Hideji Beer, is a brewery based in Miyazaki, Miyazaki prefecture on the island of Kyushu. Hideji Beer launched in 1996 soon after the Japanese government reduced the limits for the brewing licenses, under parent company Nishida. Never heard of them? Well Nishida is a wholesaler of petroleum products, and the …

Thrashzone Brew Labo Beer Information

Thrashzone Brew Labo Logo

Thrashzone Brew Labo is the official brewery of the bar with the same name, Thrash Zone. When the bar first started, Katsuki-san was brewing at Atsugi Beer in Kanagawa, with the Thrashzone Brew Labo Hop Slave being the first beer brewed under contract. It is still brewed to this day. In 2011, Thrashzone Brew Labo obtained a license to start brewing on …

Ginga Kogen Extra Pale Ale by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen Extra Pale Ale

Ginga Kogen Beer haven’t had much luck recently (at the time of writing) with a recall of some bad beers back in July/August but with Ginga Kogen Extra Pale Ale, here’s hoping it’s a decent batch. Ginga Kogen Extra Pale Ale is 5.5% American pale ale brewed with 100% Citra hops that is an autumn seasonal on sale from early September. At the …

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Kinshachi IPA by Morita Kinshachi Beer

Kinshachi IPA

Kinshachi IPA is Morita Kinshachi’s take on the India pale ale that has been redesigned and restyled since I last tried it in 2012. How do I remember that? Well, I have some pictures from a trip to Nagoya and the beer is unmistakably in that picture. It’s a 7% autumn seasonal though it has been seen outside of that …

Far Yeast Strata IPA by Far Yeast Brewing Company

Far Yeast Strata IPA by Far Yeast Brewing Companyファーイーストストラタアイピーエー

Far Yeast Strata IPA is a 5% American IPA from Far Yeast Brewing Company, based in Yamanashi, Japan. It’s part of their seasonal lineup, and can be found in bottles and on tap. It was first released in September at the Autumn Keyaki Festival. Far Yeast Strata IPA is brewed using Strata hops from the USA. Far Yeast Strata IPA Aroma …