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 …

Abashiri White Ale by Abashiri Beer

Abashiri White Ale

Oh god, here we go again. The sublime and ridiculous Abashiri Beer are at it again. Abashiri, as you know, make the blue beer – Ryuhyo Draft – which is simultaneously the reason why we started BeerTengoku, one of the worst beers we’ve ever tasted, the NUMBER ONE MOST POPULAR BEER REVIEW ON THE SITE, and the source of my first Anonymous …

Hokkaido Foodist in Chuo-ku, Tokyo

The second in our series of antenna shops is Hokkaido Foodist, based near the Yaesu exit of Tokyo station. The store opened in 2004 and while NewDays stores may, from time to time, sell regional based products from Hokkaido, such as the awesome Sapporo Classic (one of my favourite beers from the macro companies), Hokkaido Foodist only sells products from …

North Island Kamifu 100 Pale Ale by North Island Beer

North Island Kamifu 100 Pale Ale

North Island Kamifu 100 Pale Ale is a 5.5% American Pale Ale from North Island Beer, based in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their seasonal line up of craft beer and can be found on sale from September onwards in both bottles and on tap. North Island Kamifu 100 Pale Ale is brewed using locally grown Cascade hops from the Kamifurano …

Hokkaido Cherry and Berry Ale by Hokkaido Bakushu Jozo

Hokkaido Cherry and Berry

Hokkaido Cherry and Berry is a 5% fruit beer from Hokkaido Bakushu Jozo, based in Otaru city, Hokkaido. It’s part of their all-year range of fruit craft beers, and contains cherries and blueberries locally sourced from Yoichi city, in Hokkaido. At the time of writing, Hokkaido Cherry and Berry can be found in bottles and on tap. Hokkaido Cherry and Berry Ale …

Hokkaido Honey Apple Ale by Hokkaido Bakushu Jozo

Hokkaido Honey Apple Ale

Hokkaido Honey Apple Ale is a 5% fruit beer from Hokkaido Bakushu Jozo, based in Otaru, Hokkaido. It’s part of their all-year round range of craft beer and is brewed with locally sourced apples and honey from Yoichi, Hokkaido. It uses a pale ale though how and when the apples and honey are used is unknown. At the time of writing, Hokkaido …