Shonan Beer Alt by Kumazawa Brewery

Shonan Beer Alt

Shonan Beer Alt is a 5% alt style beer from Kumazawa Brewery. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers that can be found in both bottled and draft form. Not much information is out there about Shonan Beer Alt but it seems that the Enoshima Label version is also an alt, which would explain the original review of …

Shonan Weizen by Kumazawa Brewing

Shonan Weizen

Shonan Weizen is a 5% hefeweizen from Kumazawa Brewing that is, most surprisingly, a spring seasonal beer from them rather than part of their all-year round range of beers. There is a distinct lack of information about it on the Kumazawa Brewing homepage and their Shonan Weizenbock seems to bring up more results in Japanese and in English when I …

Yorocco IPA by Yorocco Beer

Yorocco IPA

Yorocco IPA is a 6% American IPA from Yorocco Beer, based in Zushi. It is the third beer in the bottled beer range following the Yorocco Black Saint and the Yorocco Kinkan Blond. While this may be the third beer in the range, it has been seen on tap at Beach Muffin in Zushi so it’s not known at the time …

Yorocco Black Saint by Yorocco Beer

Yorocco Black Saint

Yorocco Black Saint is a 7.5% Imperial porter from Yorocco Beer that was first released in bottle form in February 2016. It was part of their limited edition range, and was the first beer of four to be released, with Yorocco Kinkan Blond being the second. As it’s an imperial porter, this review is the first with the other five …

Yorocco Kinkan Blond by Yorocco Beer

Yorocco Kinkan Blond

Yorocco Kinkan Blond is a 6% fruit beer from Yorocco Beer that is part of their limited edition run. It was first released in bottle form in March 2016 direct from the brewery. During the brewing process, Akio-san, head brewer at Yorocco Beer, picked and cut 2000 kinkans, or kumquat, before adding them to the secondary fermenter. Yorocco Kinkan Blond was the …

Yokohama Peated Black by Yokohama Beer

Yokohama Peated Black

Yokohama Peated Black is a 6% smoked beer from Yokohama Beer that is part of their winter seasonal line up of draft beers. The recipe calls for peated malt NOT peat from Ireland – who in their right mind would put soil in the beer – though the use of peated malt is increasingly rare as well as smoked malt …

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Yorocco Skywalker IPA by Yorocco Beer

Yorocco Skywalker IPA is a 6% American IPA from Yorocco Beer, based in Zushi, Kanagawa. I was going to make this review full of Star Wars references but I got told, in no uncertain terms by Joe, not to do it. Its name has an obvious link to the movies but rumours are abound that it is actually a reference …

Brimmer Session Black IPA by Brimmer Brewing

Brimmer Session Black IPA

Brimmer Session Black IPA is a 5.5% black IPA from Brimmer Brewing, based in Kawasaki. It was originally brewed for Watering Hole’s second anniversary in 2014, but Brimmer Session Black IPA is now part of their seasonal range of beer and was released in bottles in 2015. When it originally came out, it had an abv of 4.5% but it seems …

Kamakura Beer My Funny Valentine by Kamakura Beer

Kamakura Beer My Funny Valentine

Kamakura Beer My Funny Valentine is a belated Valentines brew from Kamakura Beer that is a 5.5% dunkel style beer. We were out wandering around Yokohama when we came across it, and World Gourmet had just received a large batch as of writing. Kamakura Beer My Funny Valentine is brewed annually and usually goes on sale from mid January. Kamakura Beer …

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Thrashzone Morbid Red by Thrashzone Brew Labo

Thrashzone Morbid Red

Thrashzone Morbid Red is a 6.8% American IPA brewed by Thrashzone Brew Labo based in Yokohama. It is heavily infused with El Dorado hops while the redness of the beer is associated with the Keihin Kyūkō, aka Keikyu, line that runs through Yokohama station. According to the Thrashzone Brew Labo, the Keikyu line is the “soul train” though it’s a far stretch …