Ise Kadoya The Force IPA by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya The Force IPA

Ise Kadoya The Force IPA is a 6.5% American IPA from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition lineup and was first released in 2017. Ise Kadoya The Force IPA is brewed using Citra, Equinox, and also Mosaic hops, with Ise Kadoya using the new equipment installed towards the end of 2016 to brew this as …

Baeren Yamada Beer by Baeren

Baeren Yamado Beer

Baeren Yamada Beer is a 5.5% alt style beer from Baeren, based in Iwate, Japan. The full name is Baeren Iwate-ken Yamado-cho Orando-shima beer. It’s part of the Baeren limited edition range and is Baeren’s effort to support the area that was damaged by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. Yamada-cho, or Yamada town in English, is located near the brewery and the staff …

Yokohama YABAcious IPA by Yokohama Brewery

Yokohama YABAcious IPA is a 6.5% American IPA from Yokohama Brewery, based in Kanagawa, Japan. It was part of their entry into the 2017 Japan Brewers’ Cup, held in Yokohama, and since then, can be found on tap across Japan. There has been some change in the brewers, with Gojo-san moving on, so does Yokohama YABAcious IPA indicate a new direction …

Y Market W-IPL by Y Market Brewing 

Y Market W-IPL

Y Market W-IPL is an 8% double India pale lager from Y Market Brewing, based in Aichi, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition bottled range, though it has been seen on tap across Japan. Y Market W-IPL is brewed using the same base as the Y Market Session IPL, though the amount of malts have been doubled up and it also …

Sankt Gallen Sesame Chocolate Stout by Sankt Gallen Brewery

Sankt Gallen Sesame Chocolate Stout

Sankt Gallen Sesame Chocolate Stout is a 6.5% spiced stout from Sankt Gallen Brewery, based in Kanagawa, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range for Valentine’s day – a day in Japan where women tend to give men presents – and apparently it takes 10,000 black sesame seeds to make 1 bottle of Sankt Gallen Sesame Chocolate Stout, where one …

Ise Kadoya Golden Dragon by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya Golden Dragon

Ise Kadoya Golden Dragon is a 4% American pale ale from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their collaborative series, released in bottles and on tap, this time with Transporter magazine, who have collaborated with Oh! La! Ho! and also Far Yeast Brewing Company in the past. Ise Kadoya Golden Dragon came about after a meeting where Transporter magazine were …

Ise Kadoya Up Up IPA by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya Up Up IPA Bottle

Ise Kadoya Up Up IPA is a 6% American IPA from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and was first released in November 2016. Ise Kadoya Up Up IPA, which is also known as Ise Kadoya Up² IPA, was brewed in collaboration with Uetake-san, famed ex-brewer from Coedo and currently brewing at Ushitora Brewery …

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Hops & Brett by Tamamura Honten 

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Hops & Brett

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Hops & Brett is a 6% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their bottle Yamabushi range of beer and was first released in Summer 2016. Why has it taken so long for us to review it? Well, I didn’t get my bottle until December 2016, having let it age for a bit. …

Minoh Godfather 5 by Minoh Beer

Minoh Godfather 5

Minoh Godfather 5 is a 5% amber lager from Minoh Beer, based in Osaka, Japan. It’s part of their annual effort in the Masaji Beer Project, run in colloboration with other breweries in Japan. Minoh Godfather 5, if the name isn’t a giveaway, is the fifth effort in the series and is sold in both bottles and on tap across …

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Hitachino Yosano Fresh CC by Kiuchi Brewery 

Hitachino Yosono Fresh CC

Hitachino Yosano Fresh CC is a 4.0% American pale ale from Kiuchi Brewery, based in Ibaraki, Japan. It’s part of their limited draft only release and as such, there are no plans to release it in bottles. Hitachino Yosano Fresh CC uses hops from Yosano town, based in Kyoto, which is part of a collaborative project between towns in the area …