Shonan 27 Coffee Ale by Kumazawa Shuzo

Shonan 27 Coffee Ale 湘南27コーヒーエール

Shonan 27 Coffee Ale is a 5% spiced beer from Kumazawa Shuzo, based in Kanagawa, Japan. It’s part of a collaborative effort Kumazawa Beer did with 27 Coffee Roasters, hence the 27 part of the name, and uses freshly roasted coffee beans from 27 Coffee Roasters infused into an amber ale base. At the time of writing, Shonan 27 Coffee Ale …

Far Yeast Yuzu Session IPA by Far Yeast Brewing Company 

Far Yeast Yuzu Session IPA / ファーイーストゆずセッションIPA

Far Yeast Yuzu Session IPA is a 4.5% session IPA from Far Yeast Brewing Company, based in Yamanashi, Japan. It’s part of a collaborative effort Far Yeast Brewing Company did with Beer Ma to celebrate the shop’s first year anniversary. Far Yeast Yuzu Session IPA is brewed using locally sourced yuzu, also known as Japanese citron. At the time of …

Ise Kadoya PaPa Ale by Ise Kadoya Beer

PaPa Ale by Ise Kadoya 伊勢角谷のパパエールセッションペールエール

PaPa Ale is a 4% session pale ale by Ise Kadoya. It’s made with, according to the bottle, “seven different types of malt and uniquely scented hops”. Let’s see how it fares. Ise Kadoya PaPa Ale Aroma and Taste Ise Kadoya PaPa Ale pours out a slightly opaque golden colour with a slim, off-white head of foam. The nose is …

Ise Kadoya Lush Hop IPA Revolution by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya Lush Hop IPA Revolution / ラッシュホップIPAレボリューション

Ise Kadoya Lush Hop IPA Revolution is a 7.5% American IPA from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and was first released in November 2017. Ise Kadoya took their Ise Kadoya Lush Hop IPA and then ramped up the hops somewhat on the whim of the president of the brewery, with Chinook, SImcoe, Amarillo, …

Locobeer Wee Heavy by Locobeer

Locobeer Wee Heavy

Locobeer Wee Heavy is an 8.5% scotch ale from Locobeer, based in Chiba, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition anniversary seasonal lineup and can be found on sale from December onwards until stocks last. Many of the bottles from each batch of Locobeer Wee Heavy are also laid down for almost year and sold in subsequent years. It starts off …

Kisoji Smoked Ale by Kisoji Beer

Kisoji Smoked Ale

Kisoji Smoked Ale is a 5% rauchbier, or smoked beer, from Kisoji Beer, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and was first released in late September 2016. There is no official listing on their website as to whether this is going to be continued next year or not, …

Ise Kadoya Neko Nihiki by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya Neko Nihiki

Ise Kadoya Neko Nihiki is an 8% NE IPA from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of a collaborative brew they did with Culmination Brewing, an American brewery based in Portland, Oregon. It originally came out in June 2017; however, do to its popularity, Ise Kadoya have brewed again it for distribution on tap across Japan. It’s unknown …

Ise Kadoya Wild Boy’s IPA by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya Wild Boy's IPA

Ise Kadoya Wild Boy’s IPA is a 6% American IPA from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of a 2017 collaboration brew with Mondo Brewing, a London based brewery that has connections with Japan as the head brewer, Tom, lived in Japan before starting Mondo Brewing. At the time of writing, Ise Kadoya Wild Boy’s IPA is a limited …

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Minoh Bloom by Minoh Beer

Minoh Bloom

Minoh Bloom is a 5.5% golden ale. It’s part of Minoh’s seasonal lineup, and is made with five different varieties of hop. At the time of writing it seems to be out of season, so check the link at the bottom of the review for current availability. Minoh Beer, along with Tamamura Honten, are one of my favourite breweries in …

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Baird Black Bread Rye Porter by Baird Beer

Baird Black Bread Rye Porter

Baird Black Bread Rye Porter is a 6% porter from Baird Beer, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of a collaborative effort with Malduguns, based in Latvia, who came over with a “shitload” of rye bread to make a beer. Latvian rye bread (Kelmeni), hand carried from Latvia, was used in this beer, also some malted rye (thanks Chris!) and Warrior and …