Hansharo Ryūjō Strong Bitter by Hansharo Beer

Hansharo Ryūjō Strong Bitter 反射炉龍城ストロングビター

Hansharo Ryūjō Strong Bitter is a 6% ESB from Hansharo Beer, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of their autumn seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap. It’s named after Hojyo Shinkumu, who built a mountain castle in the area centered around Ryusikuyama which became an important hub of domination of Izu over five generations. …

Karuizawa Kogen ESB (2017) by Yo-Ho Brewing 

Karuizawa Kogen ESB (2017) 軽井沢高原ビールESB

Karuizawa Kogen ESB (2017) is a 5.5% American style ESB, also known as an extra special bitter, from Yo-Ho Brewing. It’s part of the Karuizawa Kogen seasonal range though it has seen repeated releases over the last 10 – 15 years. It’s brewed using American hops to impart a stronger bitterness and citrus flavour than is usually found in the …

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Hyappa Ieyasu B by Hyappa Brews

Hyappa Ieyasu B

Hyappa Ieyasu B is a 5% ESB, or extra special bitter, from Hyappa Brews, based in Aichi, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of bottled beers and has also been seen on tap, most notably at Craft Beer Bar iBrew. If it’s not clear, the person on the front is Ieyasu, more formerly known as Tokugawa Ieyasu, who …

Baird Nakameguro Bitter by Baird Beer

Baird Nakameguro Bitter

Baird Nakameguro Bitter is a 6.3% extra special bitter (ESB) from Baird Beer, based in Shizuoka. Each of the Baird Taprooms have a special one-location beer and if the name wasn’t a giveaway then this one is only available at their Naka-Meguro location. It’s brewed using Mandarina Bavaria hops from Germany and is available on draft only. Baird Nakameguro Bitter …

Baird Maris Otter 50 – ESBaird by Baird Beer

Baird Maris Otter 50 - ES Baird

Baird Maris Otter, or to give it its full name Baird Maris Otter 50 – ESBaird, is a 6% English style bitter from Baird Beer that was released in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Maris Otter. It was first released in August 2015 as part of a selection of beers around the world that used Maris Otter and ended up taking …