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 …

Kamakura Beer Information

Kamakura Beer Lineup

Kamakura Beer is a microbrewery located between Zushi and Kamakura in Kanagawa, more precisely, just in front of the Nagoshi tunnel, the main tunnel between Zushi and Kanagawa. Kamakura Beer’s brewing capacity, at the time of writing, is 500L per batch. However, do not let that dissuade you as Kamakura Beer is also a multple award-winning brewery, having won awards for …

TY Harbor Brewery Information

TY Harbor

Located in Shinagawa, Tokyo, TY Harbor Brewery was one of the first breweries to participate in the brewpub movement in Japan, opening in 1997. One of only two breweries now in the 23 wards of Tokyo, it came about without backing from a major brewery and is modelled on a West Coast American brewery restaurant. All of the TY Harbor restaurants and …

Coedo Brewery Information

Coedo Brewery Logo

Like other Japanese microbreweries, Coedo Brewery took advantage of the law change and started brewing beers in 1996, initially using the wheat from their local area. Unable to find a malting company nearby, they began to use locally sourced sweet potatoes instead. They also invited a German braumeister to stay and teach the Coedo staff his techniques over a 5 year period. …

Kiuchi Brewery Information

Kiuchi Brewery Logo

Kiuchi Brewery is located in Naka, Ibaraki and has been brewing alcoholic beverages since 1823. Kiuchi Brewery started out brewing sake and shochu; however, they moved over to producing beer in 1996 due to the change in licensing laws, founding Hitachino Nest beers. Kiuchi Brewery were one of the first Japanese breweries to use European techniques, such as using barrels …

Sankt Gallen Brewery Information

Sankt Gallen Brewery

Sankt Gallen Brewery, located in Atsugi, West Kanagawa, has been brewing beers since 2001. They have an online store, which is cheaper than buying their beers from stores. Sankt Gallen Brewery were also the first brewery to make a stout using coffee beans that had been excreted by elephant. Called “うん、この黒” or “un, kono kuro”, which translates into “Yes, this is black” or …

Yokohama Brewery Information

yokohama beer

Ever since foreigners first settled in Yokohama, it has been a place synonymous with beer. Beer was first brewed in Yamate in 1870, with the first brewery “Spring Valley Beer”, which has recently been brought back via the Kirin beer company. Yokohama Brewery was established in 1995 and is the largest craft beer producer in Yokohama. The brewery tries to use …