Minamishinshu Ki no Sato by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Beer Ki no Sato

Minamishinshu Ki no Sato is 4.5% golden / blonde ale from Minamishinshu Beer Company, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and can usually be found on sale from April onwards. The “gimmick”, which seems a bit strange, is that Minamishinshu Ki no Sato is brewed in a special place of Japan that experiences zero magnetic field …

Karuizawa Kogen Wild Forest by Yo-Ho Brewing

Karuizawa Kogen Wild Forest

Karuizawa Kogen Wild Forest is a 5% blonde ale from Yo-Ho Brewing that is generally only available to buy in the Karuizawa area. It can be found in convenience stores and supermarkets quite readily though the staff may get confused between this beer and the Karuizawa Asama Kogen range of beers. Make sure you don’t make the same mistake though …

Oh! La! Ho Golden Ale by Oh! La! Ho Beer

Oh! La! Ho Golden Ale

Oh! La! Ho Golden Ale is a 4.5% golden / blonde ale from Oh! La! Ho Beer based in Tomi city, Nagano. It’s part of Oh! La! Ho Beer’s all-year round range of beers and can readily be found in canned or on draft. Oh! La! Ho Golden Ale is also an award-winning beer, having won various domestic and international awards …

Songbird Blonde by Brewery Songbird

Songbird Blonde

Songbird Blonde is a Belgian blonde ale from Brewery Songbird that is part of their expanding range of Belgian style beers. It’s a 5% beer and is labelled as a session beer in the hope that you’ll drink lots of it, thus giving Brewery Songbird more money. It’s been seen on both tap and in bottled form but the bottles …

Daisen G Beer Gold by Kumezakura Daisen Brewery

Daisen G Beer Gold

Daisen G Beer Gold is a 6% blonde ale from Kumezakura Daisen Brewery that was first brewed in 2007 and is part of their autumn line up. It is brewed using locally harvested Daisen Gold barley from the local Oyama area. Daisen G Beer Gold can be found in bottles and on tap. Daisen G Beer Gold Aroma and Taste This is …

Miyajima Caramel Blonde by Miyajima Beer

Miyajima Caramel Blonde

Miyajima Caramel Blonde came recommended to us from a reader on Twitter who pointed out that we had forgotten to include Miyajima Beer on our Craft Beer Map of Japan (Check it out – it’s great!). Miyajima Caramel Blonde is a 4.5% golden ale that is brewed all year round and is based on a traditional recipe from Cologne, Germany. Moreover, it is …

Shimane Zakuro Arils by Shimane Beer Company

Shimane Zakuro Arils

Shimane Zakuro Arils is a blonde ale by Matsue Beer Hearn in Shimane. It’s made with pomegranate purée, and has been created to appeal specifically to the female market. Pomegranate is supposedly beneficial during pregnancy, and I guess that’s all the excuse you need to throw one in a beer and call it a ladies’ beer for ladylike ladies. Well, …

K’s Brewmaster Blonde Dry by K’s Brewing

K's Brewmaster Blonde Dry

K’s Brewmaster Blonde Dry is a blonde ale by K’s Brewing. I have never heard of either the brewery (Editor: ahem are you sure?) or the beer and did a double-take when I looked in my fridge to find it there (It had materialised there after a barbecue with Rob the previous night. Man, my bag was heavy on the …

Shiga Kogen BLOND by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen BLOND

Two special beers in less than a week from Tamamura Honten; first with the Shiga Kogen Fake Weizen and now this Shiga Kogen BLOND. It’s a blond / golden ale brewed using pilsner malts and also some American and Czech hops thrown in there too. Shiga Kogen BLOND is a special 5% limited edition beer that was first produced in 2015. …

Atsugi Hachey by Atsugi Beer Company

Atsugi Hachey

Atsugi Hachey is a Belgian blonde ale that has been infused with honey sourced from the Yokohama area. The original honey for Atsugi Hachey came from near the Emperor silkworm warehouse’s office close to the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, also known as Akarenga-soko, located near Bashamichi, Yokohama. Atsugi Hachey Aroma and Taste Atsugi Hachey poured out a cloudy golden-yellow colour with plenty of …