Baeren Pumpkin Wheat by Baeren Beer

Baeren Pumpkin Wheat ベアレンパンプキンウィート

Baeren Pumpkin Wheat is a 5% spiced beer from Baeren, based in Morioka, Japan. It’s part of their annual autumnal release, with them producing a different pumpkin beer each year. Baeren Pumpkin Wheat with 3 Spices, to give it its proper name, is brewed using coriander, orange peel, and allspice, while the pumpkins, known as kabocha in Japanese, are locally sourced. …

Iwate Kura Pumpkin Ale by Iwate Kura

Iwate Kura Pumpkin Ale

Iwate Kura Pumpkin Ale is a 5% spiced beer from Iwate Kura, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their Autumn seasonal lineup, and can be found in both bottles and on tap when on sale. Iwate Kura Pumpkin Ale was originally made using imported American pumpkins; however, since 2016, Iwate Kura have been using kabocha, which is often translated into …


Baeren Fest Bier by Baeren Beer

Baeren Fest Bier

Baeren Fest Bier is a 5.5% märzen from Baeren Beer, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their autumn lineup that coincides with the Oktoberfests that seem to occur not just in Germany, but all over the world, but who are we to piss on a party? Baeren Fest Bier has been released every year since 2004, if not before, but no …

Iwate Kura Weizen by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Weizen / いわて蔵ヴァイツェン

Iwate Kura Weizen is a 5% hefeweizen. Based on a South German recipe, this was the first Japanese craft beer to win a gold medal at the Monde Selection Awards in 1998. I’ll be honest, these old beers are really hard to write decent articles for. There’s not really much to say about them, they’ve usually won awards decades ago, …


Iwate Kura Pale Ale by Sekinoichi Brewery

Iwate Kura Pale Ale

Iwate Kura Pale Ale is a 4% English-style pale ale from Sekinoichi Brewery. Let’s see, this one has a meaningless award associated with it: a silver medal at the International Beer Challenge in 2007. Second best a decade ago, back when no-one gave a toss about Japanese craft beer? I can hardly wait to try this one. Iwate Kura Pale …

Sakura Mayflower IPA by Sakura Brewery

Sakura Mayflower IPA

Sakura Mayflower IPA is a 7% English IPA from Sakura Brewery, based in Iwate, Japan. It started out life as part of their draft range and found its way into bottles during 2016. And that’s it – there is no information on the Sakura Brewery homepage, nor could we find anything in Japanese about the beer either. The only thing …


Baeren Schwarz by Baeren Beer

Baeren Schwarz

Baeren Schwarz is a 5.5% schwarz beer from Baeren Beer, based in Iwate,  Japan. It’s part of their all-year round line up and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. It’s brewed to a traditional south German style with plenty of black malt – and that’s all we could find out about this beer. We don’t …


Baeren Hana Beer by Baeren

Baeren Hana Beer

Baeren Hana Beer is a 5.5% pilsner from Baeren, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of a colloboration effort they did with Light Up Nippon, geared towards getting people to remember the Tohoku Earthquake that occurred in March 11th, 2011 by creating a massive firework festival for people all over Japan to come and watch. As such, ¥60 from every bottle of Baeren …


Sakura Hayama Lager by Sakura Brewery 

Sakura Hayama Lager

Sakura Hayama Lager is a 5% pilsner from Sakura Brewery, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round line up and can be bound in both bottles and on tap across Japan. To get around the happoshu beer licensing laws, Sakura Hayama contains 98% malts with adjuncts such as coriander being used to ensure that Sakura Hayama Lager comes in under …


Baeren Summer Weizen by Baeren 

Baeren Summer Weizen

Baeren Summer Weizen is a 5% German Hefeweizen brewed by Baeren, in Iwate, Japan. Confusingly, Baeren also make a winter weizen but it seems this is the summer version of it that can still be found throughout Japan. Baeren Summer Weizen differs from the Baeren Winter Weizen in that the flavours are softer to accommodate the searing heat that is face by those …