Sagami Beer Alt by Koganei Shuzo

Sagami Beer Alt

I was given this beer by a friend, Mr K, in exchange for a brew I had at home. Mr K is an outdoorsman, in tune with nature, but also able to fix any mechanical problem he might come across. It’s that diametric nature of his that makes receiving this beer from him especially appropriate. Sagami Beer Alt tastes earthy …

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Tama no Megumi Japan Beer by Ishikawa Brewery

Tama no Megumi Japan Beer

I spotted this interesting looking beer in a local Mine Mart. Neither Rob nor I knew anything about Tama no Megumi Japan Beer, which is not a surprise for me but my jaw hit the tatami when Rob didn’t have a clue either. According to the back of the bottle – always a good place to look – the brewery, …

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Hitachino Nest XH by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino XH

Hitachino XH, which stands for eXtra High, is a premium strength Belgian style beer that is further matured in shochu barrels, that will assault you, pin you down, and punish you like the weak-willed drinker that you are. It comes in a fancy delicate bottle; however, it is this deception that Hitachino XH fools you with. Hitachino XH Aroma & Taste …

Sankt Gallen Sweet Vanilla Stout by Sankt Gallen

Sweet Vanilla Stout

Japanese breweries tend to produce sweeter beers around Valentine’s Day in the hope of enticing new customers to share the love; this Sweet Vanilla Stout by Sankt Gallen, while brewed all year round, is no exception. Made with fresh vanilla, it is technically a happoshu (like the Coedo Beniaka reviewed here); however, it still contains the essential ingredient: alcohol. Wait …

Hitachino Nest Lacto Sweet Stout by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout

“A lacto sweet stout?!” I thought. Worth a try as I like sweet things, I enjoy stouts, and I love all things made from milk, and you have to be a fan of all those three to ensure that you enjoy this concoction. Kiuchi brewery have produced a beer that’s got so much going on, that this lacto sweet stout is …

Coedo Beniaka by Coedo Brewery

An image of Coedo's Beniaka

Coedo name their beers after different colour hues and this beer is a deep amber red colour, as the name Beniaka (“bright red tinged with yellow”) suggests. Due to the amount of sweet potato versus malt contained in the beer, Coedo Beniaka is classified as a happoshu. But wait! Before you run off to buy another beer instead, just read …

Sankt Gallen Pineapple Ale by Sankt Gallen

Sankt Gallen Pineapple Ale

So if something smells like a beer and tastes like a beer, then it must be a beer? By that same reckoning, Sankt Gallen’s Pineapple ale definitely smells like pineapple, and tastes like pineapple; however, that’s where the rule fails as it is most definitely a beer. This is another edition to their summer fruits beer, along with their Shonan Gold, …

Hitachino Nest Amber Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Amber Ale

  Hitachino Nest Amber Ale comes out- surprise!- as a nice amber mahogany colour, with a decent head and a light nose. The flavour is complex and layered; my notes included a lot of question marks. It’s bitter, so bitter, dry and woody, with smoke and roast malt nuances. Much like the Pale Ale reviewed here, the flavour is so …

Hitachino Nest White Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest White Ale is considered to be the flagship beer of the Hitachino range and has won gold medals at several beer competitions in both the U.K. and the U.S. Hitachino Nest White Ale is brewed in a similar manner to Belgian wheat beer with plenty of additional ingredients such as coriander, orange peel, and nutmeg. Hitachino Nest White Ale …

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Yokohama Pale Ale by Yokohama Beer

Yokohama Pale Ale 横浜ペールエール

Yokohama Pale Ale is 5% American pale ale from Yokohama Beer that is advertised as having the aroma of hops and citrus. Part of Yokohama Beer’s main lineup, this can be readily found on tap in Yokohama, and some Tokyo bars, such as Craft Beer Market. Like the other Yokohama beers, Yokohama Pale Ale is charged at a premium price of around ¥500 …