Romantic Village Beer Information

Romantic Village Beer

Romantic Village Beer, occasionally known as Utsunomiya Craft Beer, is a craft beer brewery based in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi. Romantic Village Beer is located on Romantic Village, a large resort area that encompasses various different areas for people to play and also an onsite brewery too. The brewery itself uses locally sourced two-row malt from the local Tochigi area and also tries …

Thrashzone Brew Labo Beer Information

Thrashzone Brew Labo Logo

Thrashzone Brew Labo is the official brewery of the bar with the same name, Thrash Zone. When the bar first started, Katsuki-san was brewing at Atsugi Beer in Kanagawa, with the Thrashzone Brew Labo Hop Slave being the first beer brewed under contract. It is still brewed to this day. In 2011, Thrashzone Brew Labo obtained a license to start brewing on …

A Tour around Ushiku Beer at Chateau Kamiya

Chateau Kamiya Mash and Lauter Tuns

It seems easier to get a Japanese permanent residence visa than to get a tour around the Chateau Kamiya brewery. You can easily see it from outside, but the frosted up windows from the permanently running aircon means it’s tough to what is happening inside. Moreover, with eleven fermentation tanks taking up most of the storage room, you can’t see …

Ushiku Brewery Information

Ushiku Brewery Logo

Ushiku Brewery, located inside the premises of Chateau Kamiya, is a brewery situated in Ushiku, Ibaraki prefecture. To make things even more complicated, it’s a subdivision of alcohol producer Gôdô Shusei, which is also a part of the company of Oenon Holdings, Inc. The best analogy I can think of is the Russian dolls and how they fit inside of each …

Hakone Beer Information

Hakone Beer

Hakone Beer is a brewery located in Kazamatsuri, Odawara. They’ve been licensed to make beer since 2000, and their beers have won numerous awards in both the International Beer Competition and the Asia Beer Cup. They brew using water from the mountain springs in the area, which is free of iron. The beer is available on tap in “Elena Gosso” …

Brimmer Brewing Information

Brimmer Brewing Logo

Brimmer Brewing, based in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, is a small microbrewery that is owned by Scott Brimmer and his wife Yoshiko Brimmer. Along with Chris Macomber, Brimmer Brewing have been making their range of beers since summer 2011 and have been increasing their range ever since. Brimmer Brewing is one of the few microbreweries in Japan that possess a beer license, …

Shonan Beer by Kumazawa Brewing

Shonan Beer by Kumazawa Brewing

Kumazawa Brewing is a small, but well known, sake producer in Chigasaki, Kanagawa, about 45 minutes south of Tokyo. Kumazawa Brewing first started making sake in 1872 although Kanagawa was a strange choice, the local Tanzawa mountain range is famous for fresh spring water. However, you probably know Kumazawa Brewing for their range of craft beer under the guise of …

Harvestmoon Brewery Information

Harvestmoon Brewery

Harvestmoon Brewery is a brewery based in Maihama, Chiba. If that place sounds familiar then you probably know it because of DisneyLand and DisneySea literally just round the corner from it. Ikspiari Town is a busy shopping area and Harvestmoon Brewery also have their own tasting room as well, called Roti’s House which houses the brewery. To confuse matters even more, the …

An Interview with Kiuchi Brewery

Kiuchi Brewery

After the tour of both the sake distillery and the Hitachino Nest brewery, BeerTengoku sat down with Haruna Katsuyama and Toshiyuki Kiuchi for a quick interview. Once we had finally decided on what beer to drink (which is no easy task at Kiuchi), the questions and answers flowed thick and fast. With so much history and information behind the Kiuchi …

Kiuchi Brewery Tour

Kiuchi Brewery

In late August, BeerTengoku ventured out to the Kiuchi Brewery in Hitachi-konosu, Ibaragi. When we saw on the map that it was in the countryside, we didn’t realise it would be the proper actual countryside where trains are one-man cars. The driver drives the train, collects tickets, and so on; the trains run on single tracks, and the biggest shock, you …