Interview with Brewery Songbird

Brewery Songbird 1 ブルワリーソングバード 1

If we were to give out awards for the nicest people in brewing in Japan, then husband and wife team Kyohei and Monami Nakajima of Songbird Brewery would be contenders for the gold prize. BeerTengoku was thirty minutes late for a three o’clock interview due to some confusion with the express bus out from Tokyo and a thirty minute walk …

Kazekami Brewery Information

Kazekami Brewery Logo

Kazekami Brewery is a Japanese craft beer brewery located in Kanagawa, Japan. In operation since 2015, the brewery is the result of the efforts of Tanoue-san, the sole brewer and, as we were to find out later, also label designer, bottler, seller – basically the engine of the brewery. The small premises meant that the initial setup, all built by Tanoue-san …

Oze No Yukidoke Beer Information

Oze No Yukidoke Beer

Oze No Yukidoke Beer is a Japanese craft beer brewery located in Gunma, Japan. The brewer opened up in March 1997, soon after the deregulation of the market, and like many other breweries at the time, Oze No Yukidoke Beer has its roots in the sake business with the parent company, Ryujin Shuzo, being a sake distillery. Ryujin Shuzo has been in …

Kazekami Brewery Interview

Tanoue-san with Kazekami Brewery

A small red shuttered lot in an nondescript apartment building is not usually where you would expect to find a brewery. However, lying in a busy suburb between Hiyoshi station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line to Yokohama and Shin-Kawasaki on the JR Yokosuka Line, is Kazekami Shuzo (Brewery). In operation since 2015, the brewery is the result of the efforts …

Kankiku Shuzo Information

Kujukuri Ocean Beer Logo

Kankiku Shuzo, makers of Kujukuri Ocean Beer, is a craft beer brewery located in Chiba, Japan. Like many other breweries in Japan, Kankiku Shuzo started making out sake back in 1883. After travelling to England, France, and Germany, they began making beer in July 1997. Kujukuri Ocean Beer is brewed using traditional German methods that fulfil the Reinheitsgebot purity laws. Moreover, the water they …

Preston Ale Information

Preston Ale Logo

Preston Ale is a craft beer brewery which is owned by Joyful Honda, a home furnishings store with stores across the Kanto, and the brewery was founded in 2002. Preston Ale originally started out in Inzai, Chiba, though moved to its current location in Utsunomiya, Tochigi. The name stems from when the president of Honda Sangyo paid a trip to the …

Daigo Brewery Information

Daigo Brewery Logo

Daigo Brewery is a Japanese craft beer brewery based in Ibraki, Japan.  Daigo Brewery are brewers of the Yamizo Morino Beer range and also operate a brewpub on site too. Daigo Brewery’s beers are all made using malt imported from Germany and also local spring from the local Yachiyama mountain range. The brewery opened up soon after the Japanese government reduced legislation …

3

An Interview With DevilCraft

Devilcraft Brewery

If you live in the Kanto area, the three branches of Devilcraft – the first in Kanda and the second in Hamamatsucho with the third in Gotanda having opened in June – should be on your go-to list for craft beer and pizza. Even for those outside of Kanto, a visit to Tokyo often ends up going to Devilcraft. It’s safe to …

Atsugi Beer Interview with Mochizuki-san

Lambic Mochizuki-san

Atsugi Beer has been operating since 1997, and has been at the same location for the whole time. Quite rare for a Japanese brewery to have been in the same place for so long, but when the local politician not only asks you to make a beer for the area but also provides you with the building, then why move? …

Yorocco Beer Information

Yorocco Beer Logo

Yorocco Beer is a craft beer brewery located in Zushi, Kanagawa prefecture that opened in September 2012. The owner and head brewer, Kichise-san started out owning a bar in Enoshima for almost a decade before moving into the brewing business. Yorocco Beer originally started out serving beer to local restaurants and bars in the area and Beach Muffin in Zushi …