Yona Yona Real Ale by Yo-Ho Brewing

Yona Yona Real Ale

Yona Yona Real Ale is a special version of Yo-Ho Brewing’s Yona Yona Ale. Yona Yona Real Ale is a premium ale that is sold at a slightly higher price than their regular beer and is marketed along the lines of being a UK style real ale. Which really doesn’t bode well. Growing up in the UK, any time someone said …

Baird Giebels Alt by Baird Brewing Company

Giebels Alt

Baird Giebels Alt is part of Baird Beer’s special series and was brewed to celebrate the opening of their new Shuzenji Brewery in June 2014. Our bottle of Baird Giebels Alt was brewed just before the new brewery was opened and comes in a nondescript label, so you have to be careful to spot this one. Baird Giebels Alt Aroma …

Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde

Summer has come and gone which means we’re lumbered drinking saisons that have been left on the shelf. Like Joe, I am not a fan of saisons. Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde is a 6.5% Japanese take on the saison formula and I wasn’t looking forward to it. Should it be refreshing? Should it quench my thirst? I never seem to know. …

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Fujizakura Heights Schwarz Weizen by Fujikankokaihatsu

Fujizakura Heights Schwarz Weizen

Here we go with ANOTHER beer with a ridiculously long name, Fujizakura Heights Schwarz Weizen. A cross between a black beer and a wheat beer, Fujizakura Heights Schwarz Weizen is a 5.2% dunkel weizen brewed from a cross of seven different malts to produce this hybrid beer. It is also Fujikan’s latest beer with it being released in March 2014 Fujizakura Heights …

Gotemba Kogen Schwarz by Gotemba Kogen

Gotemba Kogen Schwarz

Gotemba Kogen Schwarz is a 5.5% schwarzbier from the depths of Shizuoka brewed at the famous Gotemba Kogen resort, that seems to have everything from hiking to a pottery house, so why not a brewery too? Based at the bottom of Mt. Fuji, Gotemba Kogen Schwarz is made from “fresh Mt. Fuji” water, and it’s available in, wait for it: 350ml, 500ml, …

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Karuizawa Asama Kougen Premium Clear by Karuizawa Brewery

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Premium Clear

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Premium Clear is a 5.5% German pilsner that is deemed to be a premium beer by Karuizawa Brewery and as a result, is sold at a premium price of over ¥500 a bottle. Thankfully, there is a canned version available, but BeerTengoku is yet to see it in the wild, unlike the cheaper versions of Karuizawa Asama Kougen Black …

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Gotemba Kogen Weizen by Gotemba Kogen

Gotemba Kogen Weizen is a 5% hefeweizen brewed from German malt imported from Bavaria and is one of the few beers that are available outside of the Gotemba Kogen resort in bottled form; however, it can be bought in can form from their online store or the resort. If you do visit the resort then you can also buy larger …

Shiga Kogen Porter by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Porter

Another product of Tamamura Honten, Shiga Kogen Porter stealthed its way out of my fridge under cover of darkness and, with ninja-like reflexes, opened itself and emptied its contents skilfully into my glass. At least, that’s what I told my wife.   I mean, look at this thing. It’s obsidian. No light can escape it. It’s Tactical Espionage Beer. If the …

Suwa Roman Rindou Alt by Reijin Shuzo

Suwa Roman Rindou

Suwa Roman Rindou Alt is a 4% altbier produced in the Nagano region of Japan. I have to admit never having heard of this beer before someone gave it to me as a souvenir, so I was very apprehensive about drinking it. I was worried that Suwa Roman would turn out to be a dud like so many local beers that produced in …

Gotemba Kogen Pilsner by Gotemba Kogen

Gotemba Kogen Pilsner

Gotemba Kogen Pilsner is one of Gotemba Kogen’s more popular beers and can be easily found across most of Japan as Queen Isetan stores tend to stock the bottled version. Gotemba Kogen Pilsner is another German style beer brewed in the Pils form and is available in both can or bottle form. Gotemba Kogen Pilsner Aroma and Taste When poured …