Kyoto Brewing / Swan Lake Kokucho by Kyoto Brewing Company

Kyoto Brewing / Swan Lake Kokucho

Kyoto Brewing / Swan Lake Kokucho is a 7% baltic porter that is a collaborative effort between Kyoto Brewing Company, based in Kyoto, and Swan Lake Beer, based in Niigata. The name “kokucho” means black swan in English and came about from the two breweries sharing a booth at craft beer events. What came about was a beer that hadn’t …

Shiga Kogen Festival Saison by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Festival Saison志賀高原フェスティバルセゾン

Shiga Kogen Festival Saison is a 6% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nozawa Onsen, in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition summer line up and can be found in both bottles and on tap. The 2018 version of Shiga Kogen Festival Saison was brewed using Bru-1 hops – an experimental hop from the USA. Shiga Kogen Festival Saison …

AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop By Anglo-Japanese Brewing Company

AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop AJB IBU ないレモンドロップ

AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop is a 5.8% NE Pale Ale from Anglo-Japanese Brewing Company, based in Nozawa Onsen, in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their IBU Nai series, where no bittering hops are used in the beer, instead, only aroma hops are used. AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop is brewed using lemondrop hops, which were first released in 2012. It is also brewed …

Far Yeast Saigon Passion by Far Yeast Brewing Company

Far Yeast Saigon Passion ファーイーストサイゴンパッション

Far Yeast Saigon Passion is a 4.5% sour from Far Yeast Brewing Company, based in Yamanashi, Japan. It’s part of their collaborative range with Heart of Darkness, based in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, being the partner this time. Two versions were made, with the Japanese version using Belgian Ardennes yeast, and the Vietnamese version using German Ale yeast. Passion …

Shiga Kogen Kasumi by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Kasumi 志賀高原KASUMi

Shiga Kogen Kasumi, or to give it its full name of Shiga Kogen Kasumi IPA for Sennin, is a 4.5% session IPA from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. Shiga Kogen Kasumi was first released in May 2018, though this is …

AJB IBU Nai by Anglo-Japanese Brewing Company

AJB IBU Nai AJB IBUない

AJB IBU Nai is a 5.4% American Pale Ale from Anglo Japanese Brewing Company, based in Nozawa Onsen, in Nagano, Japan. The name “IBU Nai” comes from the fact that no bittering hops were used in the making of the beer. At the time of writing, it’s unknown whether AJB IBU Nai is a one-off or will be sold again in …

Kyoto Brewing Summer Splash by Kyoto Brewing Company

Kyoto Brewing Summer Splash 京都酒造なつしぶき

Kyoto Brewing Summer Splash, also known as Kyoto Brewing Natsu Shibuki, is a 5% American Wheat Ale from Kyoto Brewing Company. It’s part of their limited draft series and is brewed with a grain bill that contains 33% wheat malt. It uses Merkur hops for, and Motueka hops from New Zealand with Summer hops from Australia being used for the flavour …

Ise Kadoya Ad Lib IPL by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Ad Lib IPL 伊勢角屋アドリブIPL

Ise Kadoya Ad Lib IPL, or to give it its full name Ise Kadoya Jam Session Brew Ad Lib IPL, is a 6% Indian Pale Lager from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range, and can be found on tap and on bottles. It’s a collaborative brew with Spring Valley Brewery with the head brewers from …

Yokohama Orange Pale Ale by Yokohama Brewery

Yokohama Orange Pale Ale 横浜オレンジペールエール

Yokohama Orange Pale Ale is a 5% fruit beer with an American Pale Ale base by Yokohama Brewery, based in Yokohama, in Kanagawa, Japan. It’s part of their local lineup that uses products from the surrounding Yokohama and Kanagawa area. Yokohama Orange Pale Ale uses Kiyomi oranges, sourced from Odawara, and also water from Doshi village, like the Yokohama Yuzu Weizen. At …

Ise Kadoya Oni no Slimy Tears IPA by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Oni no Slimy Tears IPA 伊勢角屋オニノスライミーティアーズIPA

Ise Kadoya Oni no Slimy Tears IPA is a 6% American IPA from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their collaborative range with Oni Densetsu, based in Hokkaido. It was brewed to celebrate Ise Kadoya’s 21st anniversary in 2018, so it’s unknown if Ise Kadoya Oni no Slimy Tears IPA is a one-off or will come out again. …