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Sankt Gallen Apple Cinnamon Ale by Sankt Gallen

Sankt Gallen Apple Cinnamon Ale

Sankt Gallen Apple Cinnamon Ale is a 5% fruit beer and is part of Sankt Gallen’s autumn range. The hype before this beer went on sale was such that Japanese morning TV shows were talking about it. Brewed using over 200kg of apples in the mash and fresh cinnamon, Sankt Gallen Apple Cinnamon Ale is aimed towards the female drinkers of craft …

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Espress Stout

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout is a 7% imperial stout stout beer infused with espresso, something that tickles my fancy whenever I hear those two words together. Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout has a Russian imperial stout as its base and espresso beans added during the boil. There are also four malts added as well to the beer. Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout Aroma …

Kamakura Alt by Kamakura Beer

Kamakura Alt

Kamakura Alt, sold under the name Kamakura Moon from time to time, is very much a regional beer in that it is difficult to find outside of Kamakura, let alone Kanto itself. It’s a shame as Kamakura Alt is an award-winning beer, having won the Asia’s Best Altbier Award in 2010 and the World’s Best Pale Ale. Kamakura Alt Aroma …

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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Classic Ale

Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale is not a Japanese ale; however, it is an English style 7% IPA beer brewed using English hops from a recipe that the British first brought to Japan at the turn of the 19th century. The resultant brew is then matured in cedar casks, which are leftover from the sake brewing that Kiuchi is famous …

Far Yeast Tokyo Blonde by Far Yeast Brewing

Far Yeast Tokyo Blonde

Far Yeast Tokyo Blonde is billed as a 6% premium lager inspired by Tokyo, so full of sweaty businessmen, cramped trains, and dirty drunkards spilling out onto the streets. Brewed by Far Yeast Brewing, makers of Kagua, it is brewed from two different strains of hops, and is more of a pilsner type beer than a straight up lager. Far Yeast …

Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Red Rice

Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale is a Belgian strong ale, packing in 7% in a small bottle that is brewed using traditional Japanese red rice, which is usually a sign of celebration during important Japanese events. Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale is also brewed using strains of yeast normally found in sake production as well to ensure the red rice ferments. …

Hitachino Nest New Year Celebration Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Commerative Ale

Hitachino Nest New Year Celebration Ale, also known as Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale, is an 8% Belgian Strong Ale that incorporates a very complex brewing method. Along with five different malts (yes, five!), four different hops, and several different spices such as coriander, nutmeg and other traditional end of year spices, it really has a lot going on it. Hitachino Nest …

Coedo Imperial IPA by Coedo

Coedo Imperial IPA

So Coedo Imperial IPA. BeerTengoku finally managed to track this beer down one lonely Friday night and we were aghast that it existed. We’ve always heard rumours about Coedo producing a double IPA, what with their crazy Coedonado Ichiro’s Malt concoction being another of their special beers, so when it come down to it, we knew we wanted the Coedo …

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, …