Kinshachi Nagoya Aka Miso Lager by Morita Kinshachi brewery

Nagoya Aka Miso Lager

Kinshachi’s Nagoya Aka Miso Lager is part of their standard range, and is their most-decorated beer in both the Japan Asia Beer Cup and International Beer Competition. What kind of beer is it though? Can a beer flavoured with miso paste be worthy of 7 awards to date? Only one way to find out! Nagoya Aka Miso Lager Aroma and …

Shiga Kogen Indian Summer Saison by Shiga Kogen

Shiga Kogen Indian Summer Saison

Saisons are one of the two beers I have generally avoided since getting into the craft beer world. Lagers, I have cast out of my sphere of beer drinkitude due to the fact that their reputation has been forever tainted by countless Big Four dishwater excretions. A more personal reason is behind the saison’s pariah status in my beer parish, …

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Kinshachi Blue Label by Kinshachi Beer

Kinshachi blue label

Coming out of Kinshachi, Nagoya, Kinshachi Blue label is a pilsner style beer that has won five awards over the last decade around the world: four golds awards at the International Beer Convention and also at the Japan cup, and one silver award as well. So this must be a good beer, right? Kinshachi Blue Label Aroma and Taste Kinshachi Blue Label pours …

Shiga Kogen Pale Ale by Shiga Kogen Beer

Shiga Kogen Pale Ale

I’d just flown back to the mainland from Okinawa (arms tired, ho ho) and wanted a nice, light beer to refresh myself. I went for the Shiga Kogen Pale Ale by Shiga Kogen Beer and tried to formulate some thoughts before I collapsed from exhaustion. Shiga Kogen Pale Ale Aroma and Taste This beer pours smooth with no head, which …

Baird Second Strike Apple Ale by Baird Beer

Second Strike Apple Ale (besides being a mouthful to ask for) is a seasonal collaboration between Baird Beer and Alias, a Harajuku supplier in Tokyo. Second Strike Apple Ale has fresh Nagano red apples added three times during the brewing process; twice in the wort and once before the bottling stage.   Second Strike Apple Ale Aroma & Taste Second …

Kinshachi Red Label by Morita Kinshachi Beer

Kinshachi Red Label

This beer reviewing lark. I’ve been at it for over a month now, and already some beers have cropped up that taste almost identical to previous brews. Case in point: Kinshachi Red Label by Morita Kinshachi Beer seems to be riding on the coat tails of Hitachino Amber Ale, albeit as a pale imitation of Kiuchi’s brew. Kinshachi Red Label …

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Nide Lager by Baird Brewing

Nide lager

Nide Lager is a collaborative beer brewed by Baird Beer and sold under a separate company called Nide, which also owns the Good Beer Faucets chain of bars. Nide Lager used to be bottled by Baird Beer but is now only found on sale at Good Beer Faucets in Shibuya and also in Fukuoka. Nide Lager Aroma and Taste Nide Lager pours …

Shiga Kogen IPA by Shiga Kogen

Shiga Kogen IPA

Straight out of the gate I’m reminded of Aooni, the first beer I reviewed at BeerTengoku and my current “Beer of the Year By Which All Other Beers Are Judged.” Shiga Kogen IPA Aroma & Taste Shiga Kogen IPA is a slightly darker colour, however; the golden hues seem to shift under the light, though that may be because this …

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Weiss by Karuizawa Brewery

Karuizawa Weiss

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Weiss was one of the first beers to come out of Karizawa Brewery in 2013. Originally advertised as a German kristalweizen, or a clear filtered weizen beer, it is firmly in the mould of a German hefeweizen. Karuizawa Asama Kougen Weiss Aroma and Taste Karuizawa Asama Kougen Weiss is very much a hefeweizen as from the moment it is poured into …

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Sakaya Okadaya Japanese Craft Beer Shop

Sakaya Okadaya

Sakaya Okadaya Japanese Craft Beer is an online store, based on Rakuten, that sells a variety of Japanese Craft Beer. Sakaya Okadaya leans towards the selling of Japanese craft beer sets rather than individual bottles; however, the sets tend to include individual bottles, rather than two of one type. In terms of ordering, Sakaya Okadaya Japanese Craft Beer uses the Rakuten …