Hansharo Sumeragi by Hansharo Beer 

Hansharo Sumeragi

Hansharo Sumeragi is a 10% Barleywine from Hansharo Beer, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal lineup though it was first released in December 2016. The most peculiar thing about Hansharo Sumeragi is that there is a best before date of May 2017 – barleywines can usually be kept for longer than six months so the flavours develop …

Kure Barley Wine by Kure Beer

Kure Barley Wine

Kure Barley Wine is a 9% barleywine from Kure Beer, based in Hiroshima, Japan. It’s part of their seasonal lineup of craft beer and can be found on sale from mid-December onwards. It’s brewed with six different kinds of malt in the mash, though the specific malts are not listed on the Kure Beer website or elsewhere, though it does …

Baird Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine by Baird Beer

Baird Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine

Baird Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine is an 11% barley wine from Baird Beer, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of their seasonal line up and can be found in bottles and on tap from February onwards. The name roughly translates to “stubborn old man” and is brewed with Maris Otter, along with some rye and cara malts too. The 2016 …

Cuve La Pomme 2012 by Oh! La! Ho Beer

Cuvée la pomme 2012

Cuve La Pomme 2012 is a barrel aged barley wine from Oh! La! Ho Beer with a whopping 15% ABV. It’s made with Nagano apples and champagne yeast, and aged in oak barrels after fermentation. Now, this is a special beer. So special, in fact, that I drank this and wrote the increasingly unintelligible tasting notes almost a full year ago, …

Minamishinshu Wonder Barley Akane by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Wonder Barley Akane

Minamishinshu Wonder Barley Akane is an 8.5% barleywine from Minamishinshu Beer Company, based in Nagano. It’s a collaborative beer with WoWoW TV network, which goes somewhere in explaining the random English phrases on the front of the bottle. It was first released in September 2015 but with most barleywines, it’s nice to let them sit and age for a bit before drinking. …

Shiga Kogen Monkey Claws by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Monkey Claws

Shiga Kogen Monkey Claws is a 12% barleywine from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, that was the second of two beers with Hair of the Dog brewery from the USA, with the other being Shiga Kogen Adamu. It’s released annually in January in limited quantities with the 2016 edition only having 1,800 bottles released. At the time of writing, it can …

Shimane Rihaku Orochi by Shimane Beer Company

Shimane Orochi

Shimane Rihaku Orochi is a 9% barleywine from Shimane Beer Company that was first brewed in 2014 and is part of their winter seasonal beer range. While it is a barleywine, Shimane Beer Company collaborated with Rihaku Sake Brewery and used sake yeast so making it a rice barleywine beer. It’s on sale from December onwards and can be found in …

Locobeer American Barleywine by Locobeer

Locobeer American Barleywine

Locobeer American Barleywine is a 9.5% barleywine from Locobeer, based in Chiba. It was first released in 2013 as part of their first year anniversary in a limited batch of 234 bottles. Why 234? We’re yet to get an answer on that one. It has an IBU of 100+ and was aged for eight months in the tank before being …

Daisen G Beer Barley Wine by Kumezakura Daisen Brewery

Daisen G Beer Barley Wine

Tis the season for barleywines at BeerTengoku towers as Daisen G Beer Barley Wine comes singing along as the cold winter nights draw in. This is a two-year vintage version from Kumezakura Daisen Brewery’s 2013 collection that was lurking in the cellar. It’s a 9% barleywine that is an annual release in late winter. It can be found in both bottles and …