Interview with Niwa-san from Outsider Brewing

Interview with Niwa-san 1

For those knowledgeable about the Japanese craft beer scene, Niwa-san from Outsider Brewing could be revered with a quasi-deity like status among brewers in Japan. For those new to the scene or without much interest, you may have already tried some of his beers without realizing, with Iwate Kura being a good showcase to start from. Niwa-san was modest to …

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Echigo Beer Information

Echigo Beer

Echigo Beer was the first microbrewery in Japan to form once the Japanese government had reduce the production capacity and licensing laws in 1993. Echigo Beer started a brewpub in 1995 and began selling their first beer, Ocean Beer, in October of the same year. Since then, Echigo Beer has grown in size and is now considered one of the …

Morita Kinshachi Beer Information

Morita Kinshachi Beer

Morita Kinshachi Beer is the most well-known, if not biggest, craft beer produced in Nagoya, Aichi prefecture. First formed in 1996, Morita Kinshachi Beer is famous for using local Nagoya flavours, such as red miso, in their beers to produce craft beers that can be identified with the local area. However, its history can be traced back to the 19th century, something …

Swan Lake Beer Information

Swan Lake Logo

Swan Lake Beer is located in Sasaoka, Niigata about 45 minutes from the Japan sea and they have been brewing beers 1997. Swan Lake Beer also has two taprooms located in Tokyo; one near Tokyo station and one near Shibuya that both sell the majority of their beers. Swan Lake Beer can boast a proud heritage as they have won over 90 awards for …

Oh! La! Ho Beer Information

Oh! La! Ho Beer

Oh! La! Ho Beer is based out in Tomi city, Nagano and started brewing beer in 1996. Oh! La! Ho Beer is the English version of the name, but commonly known as oraho in Japanese which means “our land”. The brewery is a multiple award-winning producer, both domestically and on the international scene. Oh! La! Ho Beer Main Line Up The …

Gotemba Kogen Beer Information

Gotemba Kogen Beer

Brewing since 1995, Gotemba Kogen Beer is located inside the Gotemba Kogen resort in Shizuoka, about 2 hours south of Tokyo by the bullet train. Gotemba Kogen Beer’s microbrewery brews and distributes all of its beer on site to the various restaurants though it is possible to find some of their beers outside of the resort. Gotemba Kogen Beer’s are brewed on …

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Tamamura Honten Information

Shiga Kogen Beer Lineup

Tamamura Honten started brewing Shiga Kogen Beer, like several other breweries such as Kiuchi Brewery, as an offshoot from a sake brewery. In 2004, Tamamura Honten applied for a license and started brewing in September of the same year. Unlike other breweries however, Shiga Kogen Beer receives 20% of its hops from the local area, produced by Tamamura Honten. Tamamura Honten’s Main Lineup Shiga …

Baird Beer: Interviews with Bryan Baird and Chris Poel

Baird Beer Shuzneji

After the tour of the brand-spanking-new Shuzenji brewery, BeerTengoku headed back up to the taproom for a chinwag with Baird Beer’s head brewer, Chris Poel. We got ourselves a beer (took a while to decide – did you see all those taps!?), and sat in the outdoor deck area. The drizzle was unabating, but the view was impressive, surrounded by …

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Baird Beer Brewery Tour in Shuzenji

Baird Beer Shuzneji

On Tuesday 12th August, BeerTengoku bravely faced the elements of a potential typhoon and thunderstorms to go down to the new brewery by Baird Beer in Shuzenji, Shizuoka. A mere three hour trip door to door, and a slight “diversion”, BeerTengoku finally made it after a gruelling 50 minute hike, getting lost thanks to the lack of updates to Google Maps. …

Karuizawa Brewery Information

Karuizawa Brewery Logo

Karuizawa Brewery is one of the newest breweries in the Japanese craft beer market, starting out in June 2013 under Dover Ltd, their parent company. Dover Ltd brought in brewing specialists to design the new brewery, located in the foothills of Mount Asama in Karuizawa, Nagano. They also brought in three beer specialists, and four of their own brew makers, to help set …