Hida Kolsch by Hida Ji-Beer

Hida Kolsch 飛騨ケルシュ

Hida Kolsch is 5% kolsch beer from Hida Ji-Beer, based in Hidatakayama, in Gifu, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in bottles only – we’ve yet to see it outside of the area on draft. It’s brewed using imported German Hallertau and Czech Saaz hops and is brewed to a traditional Koln …

Far Yeast Imperial Peach by Far Yeast Brewing

Far Yeast Imperial Peach ファーイーストインペリアル ピーチ

Far Yeast Imperial Peach is a 7% fruit beer, based on a Belgian tripel, from Far Yeast Brewing Company, based in Yamanashi, Japan. It’s part of their collaborative series, with this one being done with Brouwerij de Prael, a brewery based in the Netherlands. Far Yeast Imperial Peach uses locally sourced peach juice during fermentation. Far Yeast Imperial Peach Aroma and Taste …

Shiga Kogen Salty Hop by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Salty Hop 志賀高原ソルティーホップ

Shiga Kogen Salty Hop is a 4.5% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition lineup and first came out in 2015. Since then, Shiga Kogen Salty Hop has made random appearances throughout the year, usually around summer time. It’s brewed using locally grown irises and peppers and also sea salt harvested from the Japan …

Minamishinshu Hokentake Ale by Komagatake Brewery

Minamishinshu Hokentake Ale 南信州ビール宝剣岳エール

Minamishinshu Hokentake Ale is a 5% golden ale from Komagatake Brewery, based in Komagane, in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of the summer seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap. It was first released in 2017 and Minamishinshu Hokentake Ale is named after Mount Hōken, at 2,931m high, is one of major peaks in Kiso Mountains or Central Alps, …

Shiga Kogen Festival Saison by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Festival Saison志賀高原フェスティバルセゾン

Shiga Kogen Festival Saison is a 6% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nozawa Onsen, in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition summer line up and can be found in both bottles and on tap. The 2018 version of Shiga Kogen Festival Saison was brewed using Bru-1 hops – an experimental hop from the USA. Shiga Kogen Festival Saison …

AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop By Anglo-Japanese Brewing Company

AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop AJB IBU ないレモンドロップ

AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop is a 5.8% NE Pale Ale from Anglo-Japanese Brewing Company, based in Nozawa Onsen, in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their IBU Nai series, where no bittering hops are used in the beer, instead, only aroma hops are used. AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop is brewed using lemondrop hops, which were first released in 2012. It is also brewed …

Far Yeast Saigon Passion by Far Yeast Brewing Company

Far Yeast Saigon Passion ファーイーストサイゴンパッション

Far Yeast Saigon Passion is a 4.5% sour from Far Yeast Brewing Company, based in Yamanashi, Japan. It’s part of their collaborative range with Heart of Darkness, based in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, being the partner this time. Two versions were made, with the Japanese version using Belgian Ardennes yeast, and the Vietnamese version using German Ale yeast. Passion …

Swan Lake Flowery IPA by Hyouko Yashiki no Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Flowery IPA スワンレイクフラワリーIPA

Swan Lake Flowery IPA is a 6% American IPA from Hyouko Yashiki no Mori Brewery, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of a collaborative effort they did with United Arrows and uses a flower local to Agano city, in Niigata, that impart flavour, though which flower is unknown. Swan Lake Flowery IPA Aroma and Taste Swan Lake Flowery IPA poured out …

Shiga Kogen Kasumi by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Kasumi 志賀高原KASUMi

Shiga Kogen Kasumi, or to give it its full name of Shiga Kogen Kasumi IPA for Sennin, is a 4.5% session IPA from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. Shiga Kogen Kasumi was first released in May 2018, though this is …