Aoi Icebreaker Golden Ale by Aoi Brewing 

Aoi Icebreaker Golden Ale

Aoi Icebreaker Golden Ale, besides having a ridiculous name, is a 5% golden ale from Aoi Brewing, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It started life out as part of their draft only range, but found its way into bottles in late 2016, and is now available more readily. Aoi Icebreaker Golden Ale is brewed with both Pilsner Malt and Munich Malts with hops …

Nagisa Golden Ale by Nagisa Beer

Nagisa Golden Ale

Nagisa Golden Ale is a 5% golden ale from Nagisa Beer, based in Wakayama, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal line up, and Nagisa Golden Ale can be found in both bottles and on tap when on sale. It’s brewed with no adjuncts at all, and thus is sold as a an “100% beer”, and was supposedly the second beer …

Minamishinshu Ki no Sato by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Beer Ki no Sato

Minamishinshu Ki no Sato is 4.5% golden / blonde ale from Minamishinshu Beer Company, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and can usually be found on sale from April onwards. The “gimmick”, which seems a bit strange, is that Minamishinshu Ki no Sato is brewed in a special place of Japan that experiences zero magnetic field …

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Voyager Gold by Voyager Brewing Company 

Voyager Gold

Voyager Gold is a 5.5% golden ale from Voyager Brewing Company, based in Wakayama, Japan. It’s one of their first two beer to be bottled, along with Voyager Copper, and can be found in both bottles and on tap, in limited supply. Not much else is known about the beer, as the Voyager Brewing Company website has not been updated …

Baird BB15 Zamamiro Ale by Baird Beer

Baird BB15 Zamamiro Ale

Baird BB15 Zamamiro Ale is an 8% golden ale from Baird Beer that is part of their limited edition range of beers. This beer was first brewed in 2008 when Baird reached the milestone of 1,000 brews and it makes its return to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Numazu Taproom opening in 2001 and  Zamamiro roughly translates to “Eat …

Doppo White Chocolate by Miyashita Shuzo

Doppo White Chocolate

Doppo White Chocolate is Miyashita Shuzo’s effort for Christmas festivities and is a 5% golden ale that is on sale all year round it seems, alongside its Valentine’s cousin, Doppo Chocolate Beer. It is made with cocoa extract and orange peel in the mash to bring out the chocolate flavour though why it isn’t advertised for White Day is lost on …

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Iwate Kura Golden Ale by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Golden Ale

Iwate Kura Golden Ale, also known as Iwate Kura Kinirudo which means golden hall, is a summer seasonal beer from Sekinoichi Shuzo that has an abv of 5% and is brewed using European hops. It’s usually on sale from mid-May and can be found in both bottled and draught form. The golden hall on Iwate Kura Golden Ale refers to the …

Brimmer California Spring Ale by Brimmer Brewing

Brimmer California Spring Ale

Brimmer California Spring Ale is Brimmer Brewing’s most recent specialty beer. It’s a 5.5% Golden Ale, and I was given it by Rob who got it from Deguchiya. I personally haven’t been able to find a shop that stocks Brimmer west of Yokohama, despite looking in almost FIVE shops. Fortunately I have my own beer fixer who can get it …

Miyajima Caramel Blonde by Miyajima Beer

Miyajima Caramel Blonde

Miyajima Caramel Blonde came recommended to us from a reader on Twitter who pointed out that we had forgotten to include Miyajima Beer on our Craft Beer Map of Japan (Check it out – it’s great!). Miyajima Caramel Blonde is a 4.5% golden ale that is brewed all year round and is based on a traditional recipe from Cologne, Germany. Moreover, it is …

Minamishinshu Golden Ale by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Golden Ale

Minamishinshu Beer Company is fast becoming one of our favourite breweries in Japan and Minamishinshu Golden Ale is one of their flagship beers. It’s a 5% golden / blond ale from the depths of Nagano and is brewed using fresh snow water from the Northern Alps. Not those alps in Europe but the alps that extend through Nagano up to Niigata. Besides that, …