Hansharo English Pale Ale by Hansharo Beer

Hansharo English Pale Ale

Hansharo English Pale Ale is a 5% English bitter from Hansharo Beer, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It can be found in both bottles and on tap. Peculiarly, Hansharo English Pale Ale is also known as Hansharo Tarouzaemon Best Bitter which seems to make more sense than its English pale ale designation on the label. It’s brewed using imported Maris Otter and …

Aomori Osorezan Bitter by Aomori Ji-Beer

Aomori Osorezan Bitter

Aomori Osorezan Bitter is a 5% English bitter from Aomori Ji-Beer, based in Aomori, Japan. Like the rest of the range of Osorezan beers from them, Aomori Osorezan Bitter is brewed using locally sourced water from Mt. Osore and was also the first microbrew from a temple in Japan. It undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle and is deemed a happoshu beer …

Hakodate Kita no Ippon by Hakodate Beer

Hakodate Kita no Ippon

Hakodate Kita no Ippon is a 5% English bitter from Hakodate Beer, based in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of craft beer and can be found in both bottles and on tap. Hakodate Kita no Ippon is also known as Hakodate Ale, with the Kita no Ippon roughly translating to ‘North One’ in English. Hakodate Kita no Ippon Aroma …

Hakodate Shain no Shusse Suru Beer by Hakodate Beer

Hakodate Shain no Shusse Suru Beer

Hakodate Shain no Shusse Beer is a 4.5% English style bitter from Hakodate Beer, based in Hakodate, Hokkaido and it is part of their all-year round line up of beer. The name roughly translates to “The Beer for The Promotion of Employees”, suggesting that whenever you get promoted, you should drink this beer. The way the economy is going at …

Michinoku The Rich Bitter Early Release by Michinoku Fukushima Brewery

Michinoku The Rich Bitter

Michinoku The Rich Bitter Early Release is a 5.5% English style bitter from Michinoku Fukushima Brewery, based in Fukushima. It’s part of their limited edition line up of craft beer and at the time of writing can be found in bottles only. Michinoku The Rich Bitter Early Release differs from the regular Bitter they produce as it’s an early release beer from …

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Shimane Zeus Bitter by Shimane Beer Company

Shimane Zeus Bitter

Shimane Zeus Bitter is a 4.5% English bitter from Shimane Beer Company that is part of their limited edition range of beers. Shimane Beer Company went pretty far to use Zeus hops as the ones they used were 100% home grown. Zeus hops are more commonly found as part of the trifecta of CTZ, which stands for Columbus, Tomahawk, and the …

Shiga Kogen Not So Special by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Not So Special

Shiga Kogen Not So Special is a 4.5% English style bitter from Tamamura Honten that is part of their winter lineup of beers. It differs from many of the other beers from Tamamura Honten in that they deliberately reigned back on the abv. Though it is styled on an English bitter, Shiga Kogen Not So Special is brewed using hops from …

Songbird Golden Bitter by Brewery Songbird

Songbird Golden Bitter

Songbird Golden Bitter came as a surprise to us when Liquors Hasegawa emailed to say they had some limited bottles in stock of a new beer from Chiba and would we like some? The only brewery I could think of was Brewery Songbird, which opened in March 2015. Songbird Golden Bitter is a 5% English best bitter and is part of …