Kotan Porter by Hop Kotan Brewing

Kotan Porter 枯淡ポーター

Kotan Porter is 4.8% brown porter from Hop Kotan Brewing, based in Sorachi, in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their draft only range, and was first released in August 2018. Not much is known about the ingredients though as there is a distinct lack of information about it. Kotan Porter Aroma and Taste Kotan Porter came up a reddish brown …

Taisetsu Kellar Piruka by Taisetsu Ji-Beer

Taisetsu Kela Piruka 大雪ケラピルカ

Taisetsu Kellar Piruka is a 5% amber ale from Taisetsu Ji-Beer, based in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, in Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beer and can be found in bottles and occasionally on tap too. It was one of the first beers brewed by Taisetsu Ji-Beer but there is a distinct lack of information about it. Taisetsu Kellar …

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Noboribetsu Oni no Hanaiki W-IPA by Onidensetsu Beer

Noboribetsu Oni no Hanaiki W-IPA 登別鬼の鼻息WIPA

Noboribetsu Oni no Hanaiki W-IPA is a 7.5% double IPA from Onidensetsu Beer, based in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their draft line up for setsubun with no plans for it to be bottled. It’s brewed using locally sourced Hokkaido wheat, with the “w” representing that as well as Joe’s favourite antagonistic point of meaning “double”. The name Noboribetsu Oni no Hanaiki roughly …

Noboribetsu Oni wa Soto IPA by Onidensetsu Beer

Noboribetsu Oni wa Soto IPA 鬼伝説鬼は外IPA

Noboribetsu Oni wa Soto IPA is an 8% double IPA from Onidensetsu Beer, based in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido. It’s part of their annual release for setsubun and can be found on draft only. The name Noboribetsu Oni wa Soto IPA translates into “the monster is outside” though at 8%, you could argue its inside the beer. Noboribetsu Oni wa Soto IPA Aroma and Taste Noboribetsu …

Furano Ohmugi by Taisetsu Ji-Beer

taisetsu furano /大雪地ビールの富良

Furano Ohmugi is a 5% barley-based pilsner made by Taisetsu Ji-Beer. I found Furano Ohmugi alongside two other of its weird-ass Arctic-themed ji-beer motherfuckers in my local Queens Isetan and had no idea where they were from, so I opened up Untappd to find out. And what should I find? A 2013 check-in from a fresh-faced, pre-BeerTengoku Rob Bright, giving …

Oni Densetsu Chocolate Stout by Noboribetsu Brewing

Noboribetsu Chocolat Stout

Onidensetsu Chocolate Stout is a 6.5% stout from Noboribetsu Brewing in Hokkaido. It contains no chocolate (WHAT!), however. And is also spelled “Chocolat” on the bottle. Someone’s been drinking on the job. Onidensetsu Chocolate Stout Aroma and Taste “Endeavour to brew quality beer”, it says on the bottle. “Full bodied”, it proclaims. Ho ho. Hokkaido breweries and their funny English-writing ways. Onidensetsu …

Noboribetsu Sweet Strawberry by Noboribetsu Beer

Noboribetsu Sweet strawberry

Noboribetsu Sweet Strawberry is a 6.5% fruit ale, brewed with Toyoura strawberries. There’s a tiny paragraph on the label that says how it won gold in the flavoured ale category in the Japan Asia Beer Cup 2008, which is about as important and relevant now as saying that it comes in a bottle and is a liquid. It has a …

Oni Densetsu Framboise by Noboribetsu Beer

Oni Densetsu Framboise

Oni Densetsu Framboise is a 5.5% wheat beer made with raspberries. Yet again the three-month shelf life of this beer means that it won’t be hitting the supermarket any time soon. Let me read the mysterious English on the bottle: “Fruity and sweet, the bounty of Hokkaido has produced a fruity, light tasting”. Fruity, light tasting what, guys? Is it a shoe? Am I …

Noboribetsu Kin’oni Pale Ale by Noboribetsu Brewpub

Noboribetsu Kin’oni Pale Ale

Noboribetsu Kin’oni Pale Ale is a 5% American pale ale from Noboribetu Brewpub, based in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s sometimes known as Oni Densetsu Kin’oni Pale Ale due to the character on the front of the bottle. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. It’s brewed with …

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North Island India Pale Ale by North Island Beer

North Island IPA

North Island India Pale Ale is a 7% IPA from North Island Beer, based in Hokkaido, Japan. I don’t really get the chance to drink North Island beer- the last one I had was back in 2014, as far as I recall. This time around, I got a three-bottle set of North Island from a kind coworker- those of you …