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 …

Baird Rising Sun Pale Ale by Baird Beer

Baird Rising Sun Pale Ale

Rising Sun Pale Ale is one of Baird Beer’s main beers and is also one of their most popular beers on tap, found at all of their taprooms all year round, and also at other places, such as Good Beer Faucets. Moreover, it can also be found overseas, such as in Thailand and in Australia. Rising Sun Pale Ale Aroma and …

Suiyoubi no Neko by Yo-Ho Brewery

Suiyoubi no neko

Ah, Wednesday. Hump day. Middle of the week beers taste better than those on Monday and the knowledge that the weekend is coming means those one or two that you have will get you through to Friday, possibly that’s the idea behind Suiyoubi no Neko, a Belgian style wheat beer. A lovely can entices you with a cat, which seems to …

Yo-Ho Tokyo Black Porter by Yo-Ho Brewing

Tokyo Black Porter

Yo-Ho Tokyo Black Porter is a 5% porter based not on a Tokyo recipe as the name suggests, rather an American style porter instead with a hint of English porter style thrown in as well. It is an award-winning beer from Yo-Ho brewery at the world beer championships. Reasonably priced as well at ¥280 per can. Yo-Ho Tokyo Black Porter is also marketed under …

Ginga Kogen Komugi no beer by Ginga Kogen Brewery

Ginga Kogen started out back in the early 90s and was almost the first microbrewery to make it big. Unfortunately, due to licensing laws, the likes of Asahi, Kirin et al, were able to push them back. However, it is still possible to find their beers in convenience stores and shops across the country. Ginga Kogen Komugi no beer is …

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Aooni IPA by Yo-Ho Brewing Company

Aooni is an IPA from Yo-Ho Brewing Company. It’s become more common in convenience stores recently, along with its stablemates Yona Yona (reviewed previously here) and Suiyobi No Neko. Aooni IPA is also the strongest of the three, packing a respectable kick at 7% which will ensure a good buzz. Aooni IPA Aroma and Taste Upon pouring Aooni IPA, there’s a …