Kaze no Tani Beer Information

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Kaze no Tani Beer, also know as Wind Valley Beer in English, is a craft beer brewery located in Shizuoka, Japan. Founded in 1997, Kaze no Tani were the first Japanese brewery – either macro or craft beer – to be certified as organic, back in 2000. Unlike other breweries in Japan, the majority, if not all, of their beers use organic …

Hakuba Brewing Company Information

Hakuba Brewing Company is a craft beer brewery located in Hakuba Village, Nagano, Japan. They are the only brewery located in the area and use the local snow from Japan’s largest all-year round glacier in their beer. The brewery started in December 2015 and can also boost to be the only brewery in Japan to be 100% emission free as …

Hansharo Beer Information

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  Hansharo Beer is a craft beer brewery located in Izunokuni city, Shizuoka. The brewery was founded in 1996, soon after the Japanese government loosened the restrictions for the beer licensing system. Like other breweries at the time, Hansharo Beer is owned by Kuraya Narusawa. The brewery and restaurant are near Izu Nagaoka Station on the Izu Hakone Line, about 20 minutes from …

Minamishinshu Beer Company Information

Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Beer Company is a craft beer brewery located in Komagome, in Nagano prefecture. The brewery started up in 1996, soon after the deregulation of brewing capacities in 1994, and was the first craft beer brewery in Nagano at the time.  Like most other breweries at the time, Minamishinshu Beer company started out as an offshoot of Komagatake Shuzo, a local …

Ise Kadoya Brewery Information

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Ise Kadoya Brewery, which opened in 1997, is a brewery located in Ise city, Mie prefecture. The name Ise Kadoya stems from the area of Japan the brewery is located in and also the family name that has been passed down over the last few centuries. It is owned by the Ise Kadoya Company which also runs a shop called Nikenchaya with …

Hida Takayama Beer Information

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Hida Takayama Beer is a multiple award-winning brewery based in Gifu prefecture, located north-west of Nagoya, east of Osaka, and west of Tokyo. It was founded in 1995 and is a group cooperative organisation. Hida Takayama uses water that is sourced from 180m underground which is said to hold special anti-aging properties. The yeast used in their beers is also …

Niigata Beer Information

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Niigata Beer is a small brewery located in Niigata city, Niigata and has an annual output of about 200,000L per year. It started out in 1997 soon after the government deregulated the beer industry and survived the craft beer crash soon after. Niigata Beer is well known for their diverse and unique line up, incorporating adjuncts that have not been …

Outsider Brewing Information

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Outsider Brewing is located in Kofu, Yamanashi around 90 minutes west of Tokyo. Outsider Brewing have been producing beers since 2012 with head brewer Niwa-san having an excellent reputation in the Japanese craft beer industry, and owner Mark Major personally sourcing him out to join the company. The company is noted for using wild yeast flavours in their beers, rather …

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Fujizakura Heights Beer by Fujikankokaihatsu

Fujizakura Heights Beer

Fujizakura Heights Beer, also known as Fujikankokaihatsu, is a brewery based in Yamanashi, near Kawaguchi Lake. Fujizakura Heights Beer leans heavily towards German style beers, due to the head brewer Miyashita Hiromichi learning his trade in Germany back in 1996. They have also won several awards for their beers with the Fujizakura Heights Rauch voted best rauch style beer. The biggest problem with …

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Interview with Mark Major, Outsider Brewing

Outsider Brewing Mark and Niwa-san

If Niwa-san is the brains of Outsider Brewing, then Mark is the brawn of it. A strange analogy to use but without either of the pair, Outsider Brewing would not exist in its current form. When BeerTengoku went to meet them, we first met Niwa-san, interview here, and Mark walked in confidently about twenty minutes later, sharing jokes with Niwa-san and injecting …