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Gargery23 Black by beerStyle21 Inc.

Gargery23 Black

Gargery23 Black is a limited edition 7% stout from BeerStyle Inc.. Never heard of them? Neither had we until a short drinking in Ebisubashi, in Ebisu. The owner knew we liked craft beer and pulled out this beer for us to try. It’s brewed using crystal malt as well as chocolate malt in the mashing in process and then aged …

Baird Namakemono by Country Boy & Baird Beer

Baird Namakemono

Baird Namakemono is an 11.4% American strong ale brewed as a colloboration between Baird Beer, based in Shizuoka, and Country Boy Brewing, based in Kentucky. It was brewed in May 2016 and reached the shores of Japan in June though it’s only on sale at Baird Beer Taprooms and some select bars, though those have to be pretty special as …

Songbird Session IPA by Brewery Songbird

Songbird Session IPA

Songbird Session IPA is a 4.5% session IPA from Brewery Songbird, based in Kisarazu, Chiba. It’s part of their 2016 limited edition line up, and was first released in May 2016. It’s brewed using Cascade hops (we think!) but besides that, there is no other information on the label nor on the Brewery Songbird homepage. Songbird Session IPA Aroma and …

Songbird Maltina Yuzu and Vanilla by Songbird Brewery

Songbird Maltina Yuzu and Vanilla

Songbird Maltina Yuzu and Vanilla is a 6% Belgian bruin style beer from Brewery Songbird, based in Chiba. Without wanting to rehash the Songbird Maltina review, it’s part of the limited edition range of beers and first came out in October 2015. As it’s part of their seasonal lineup of beers, like the rest of their beers, the only identifying tag on …

Shiga Kogen Shoubu Miyama Blonde by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Shoubu Miyama Blonde

Shiga Kogen Shoubu Miyama Blonde is a 6.5% spiced / herb seasonal special from Tamamura Honten that contains the roots of sweet flags. That’s not a typo. I hadn’t heard of the root either and I’ve lived in Japan for over a decade. It seems that the closest word to it in English would be a beewort or a bitter pepper root. It …

Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Shunensai Original

Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale is a 4% American pale ale from Sekinoichi Shuzo, based in Iwate, Japan. It was first released in February 2016 as part of their limited edition ranged and can also be found under the Iwate Kura Shunensei Original name as well. At the time of writing, there is no idea whether this will become part of the all-year round …

Donryu Dream Chroa IPA by Donryu Dream Beer

Donryu Dream Chroa IPA

Donryu Dream Chroa IPA is an 8% double IPA from Donryu Dream Beer based in Gunma, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition lineup and is unknown whether it’s an annual release or a one-off at the time of writing. It’s brewed using 100% malt grown and from Gunma and also three different variety of hops too. Donryu Dream Chroa IPA …

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Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde

Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde is a 5% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition line up and was first released in May 2016. As the name suggests, it’s the “baby” version of the Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde. Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde is brewed using using Nishikimiyama rice and with additions of Shinshu hops and …

Cuve La Pomme 2012 by Oh! La! Ho Beer

Cuvée la pomme 2012

Cuve La Pomme 2012 is a barrel aged barley wine from Oh! La! Ho Beer with a whopping 15% ABV. It’s made with Nagano apples and champagne yeast, and aged in oak barrels after fermentation. Now, this is a special beer. So special, in fact, that I drank this and wrote the increasingly unintelligible tasting notes almost a full year ago, …

Michinoku The Rich Bitter Early Release by Michinoku Fukushima Brewery

Michinoku The Rich Bitter

Michinoku The Rich Bitter Early Release is a 5.5% English style bitter from Michinoku Fukushima Brewery, based in Fukushima. It’s part of their limited edition line up of craft beer and at the time of writing can be found in bottles only. Michinoku The Rich Bitter Early Release differs from the regular Bitter they produce as it’s an early release beer from …