Gran Agri Weizen by Waku Waku Farm

Gran Agri Weizen

So JR opened a new shinkansen line, from Tokyo to Kanazawa, and in turn, we get a new craft beer in New Days stores in the form of Gran Agri Weizen. It’s a 5% hefeweizen brewed using a new variety of wheat from Komatsu Industries based in Ishikawa and barley from the “six-row variety”. Gran Agri Weizen Aroma and Taste …

Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA by Baird Beer

Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA ベアードスルガベイインペリアルIPA

Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA is an imperial or double IPA from Baird Beer and weighs in at 8.5% ABV. Pretty strong stuff but in the Baird Taprooms it is served in a “smaller” larger glass than some of the other regular beers. During our interview with Bryan Baird and Chris Poel, it was noted that Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA …

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Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen

Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen was a present from a friend of ours to celebrate six months of BeerTengoku and has been eagerly awaited since it was given to us. Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen, as the name suggests, is a dark wheat beer style based on a German style of beer that is best drunk in Spring or Autumn. Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen Aroma and …

Niigata Sparkling Mango by Niigata Beer

Niigata Sparkling Mango

Niigata Sparkling Mango seemed like a good idea at the time. Let’s introduce a fruit adjunct into our beer. If the Belgians can use cherries, oranges, apples, or coriander, then why not go tropical? Niigata Sparkling Mango is brewed with fresh mango though the exact amount is unknown. Niigata Sparkling Mango Aroma and Taste I don’t know what I expected …

Niigata Le Lectier by Niigata Beer

Niigata Le Lectier

Niigata Le Lectier follows up the fruit range of beers produced by Niigata Beer, along with their Ale de Blue Berry and also their mango beer, neither of which really convinced us of the merits of adding anything other than cherries to your beer. This time around, Niigata Le Lectier contains pears from the Le Lectier family grown in Niigata prefecture. It …

Kinshachi Black by Morita Kinshachi Brewery

Kinshachi Black

Kinshachi Black is a schwarzbier produced by Morita Kinshachi Brewery. We first came across it at World Gourmet in Yokohama during a tasting session a while back and picked up a couple of bottles for “testing” purposes. The trouble is, there is no mention of it on the Kinshachi Beer website so it’s unknown whether Kinshachi Black is a limited …

Baird Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale Ale by Baird Beer

Baird Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale

Baird Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale is a hybrid of a pale ale and an IPA. Baird also decided to use some local ingredients; wasabi and green tea, when making this beer. Baird Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale was originally released as a seasonal beer; however, at the time of writing, it has become one of the standard beers in the taprooms that we have …

Ise Kadoya Stout by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Stout

Ise Kadoya have been making their award-winning stout for over a decade, most recently winning the silver medal at the International Beer cup in 2014, and they have been constantly tweaking the recipe with each iteration. Ise Kadoya Stout is part of their year-round range and can be bought in 350ml can or bottle form, or this larger 500ml bottle. …

Shinshu Soba Kiko by Niigata Beer

Shinshu Soba KikoShinshu Soba Kiko

Soba, known as buckwheat, is one of my favourite things in Japan. I love soba noodles and will happily survive on them throughout the summer months besides the thought of scurvy taking its toll. Soba tea is refreshing and has a nutty twang to it that beats English tea. Oops. Blasphemy! Years ago, I made some fresh soba and had …

Baird Shikoku Wit by Baird Beer

Baird Shikoku Wit

Baird Shikoku Wit is a Belgian witbier and also not a funny beer, ba-doom-tish. It is brewed with wheat grown in Kagawa prefecture, in Shikoku, an island between Kyushu and Honshu. However, the biggest difference between the traditional Belgian witbier, such as Hitachino Nest White Ale, and this one is that no spices or fruits are added at all. Baird …