Baird Bakayaro by Baird Beer

Baird Bakayaro

Baird Bakayaro is an 8% American strong ale from Baird Beer, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of their seasonal line up and is usually on sale from December onwards, both on tap and in bottles. It started out life in 2009 as part of Chris Poel’s own design and has since grown to an annual institution for craft beer …

Oh! La! Ho Captain Crow Thrash Lager by Oh! La! Ho Beer

Oh! La! Ho Captain Crow Thrash Lager

Oh! La! Ho Captain Crow Thrash Lager is a 4.5% India Pale Lager from Oh! La! Ho Beer, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and was first released in 2017. It has nothing to do with Thrash Zone in Yokohama, rather it’s just another collaborative effort with Transporter Beer magazine. Oh! La! Ho Captain …

Kisoji Porter by Kisoji Beer

Kisoji Porter

Kisoji Porter is a 5% porter from Kisoji Beer, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range and can be found in both cans and on tap across Japan, though the latter is much rarer. Kisoji Porter is brewed with three different kinds of base malts and then five different “colour” malts are added – that is to …

Y Market Golden Combi by Y Market Brewing 

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Y Market Golden Combi is a 5% American IPA from Y Market Brewing, based in Nagoya, Japan. It’s another entry into their draught only range and was first released in October 2017. The Golden Combi name stems its colour and also from from it being brewed with “traditional” American IPA hops of Chinook, Centennial, and Horizon. Y Market Golden Combi …

Boku Beer Kimi Beer Midnight Seijin by Yo-Ho Brewing

Boku Beer Kimi Beer Midnight Seijin by Yo-Ho Brewing ヤッホー僕ビール君ビールミッドナイト星人

Boku Beer Kimi Beer Midnight Seijin is a hoppy amber ale with an ABV of 5.5%. It was released yesterday! (October 24th, 2017) Boku Beer Kimi Beer Midnight Seijin Appearance and Taste Boku Beer Kimi Beer Midnight Seijin pours out with a centimetre of beige foam. It’s a crystal-clear amber colour. Before getting a whiff of this, I was expecting …

Baird Fire in the Belly by Baird Beer

Baird Fire in the Belly

Baird Fire in the Belly by Baird Beer, or to give it its full name Baird Fire in the Belly – Doug’s Red Ale, is a 6% amber ale from Baird Beer, based in Shuzenji, Shizuoka. It’s part of their seasonal draft range, though we’ve heard it has made it into bottles a couple of times. Baird Fire in the Belly is …

Kisoji Smoked Ale by Kisoji Beer

Kisoji Smoked Ale

Kisoji Smoked Ale is a 5% rauchbier, or smoked beer, from Kisoji Beer, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and was first released in late September 2016. There is no official listing on their website as to whether this is going to be continued next year or not, …

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Baird Black Bread Rye Porter by Baird Beer

Baird Black Bread Rye Porter

Baird Black Bread Rye Porter is a 6% porter from Baird Beer, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of a collaborative effort with Malduguns, based in Latvia, who came over with a “shitload” of rye bread to make a beer. Latvian rye bread (Kelmeni), hand carried from Latvia, was used in this beer, also some malted rye (thanks Chris!) and Warrior and …

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Shiga Kogen Two Rabbits IPA by Tamamura Honten 

Shiga Kogen Two Rabbits IPA

Shiga Kogen Two Rabbits IPA is a 9% imperial IPA from Tamamura Honten. It’s part of their limited edition range and was first released in 2017 at the Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival. It’s a merging of two styles of IPA: West Coast IPA and New England IPA. It’s name comes from the ancient Chinese proverb “A man who chases two …

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Yona Yona Ale (2017) by Yo-Ho Brewing

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Yo-Ho Brewing have updated their classic Yona Yona Ale for the 20th anniversary of its release. But how is it? Yona Yona is a 5.5% American Pale Ale made with Cascade hops. Twenty years is a long time in Japan craft beer history- especially considering the relaxed laws that triggered the first boom were only introduced twenty-three years ago. Yo-Ho …