Shonan Beer Tengu Barrel Aged Barley Wine (2017) by Kumazawa Brewing

Shonan Beer Tengu Barrel Aged Barley Wine 湘南ビールの天狗ビール:バレルエイジバーレーワイン 2

Shonan Beer Tengu Barrel Aged Barley Wine (2017) is a 12% barrel aged barley wine from Kumazawa Brewing. It’s aged in Ichiro’s Malt whiskey barrels. This is the 2017 release of the Tengu range; the beer changes yearly, but the cool red wrapping paper does not! It also doesn’t have any indication what the beer is on the wrapping, which …

Karuizawa Kogen Seasonal 2017: Session Wheat IPA by Yo-Ho Brewing

Session Wheat IPA by Yo-Ho Brewing 軽井沢高原2017年夏季限定セッションウィートIPA

Karuizawa Kogen Seasonal 2017 Session Wheat IPA is a 4.5% session wheat IPA made by Yo-Ho Brewing. Such a snappy name. You’d expect it from the company that produce such hits as “I’m Sorry I Didn’t Ask What You Liked Yuzu Salt Session Ale” and “Fine Day Immortal Mountain Wizard Barley Wine”. It’s made using Yumekaori wheat, which is native …

Minoh Godfather 6 by Minoh Beer

Minoh Godfather 6 箕面ゴッドファーザー6

Minoh Godfather 6, or Minoh Godfather 6 Rice Hop Ale, is a 6% rice beer from Minoh Beer, based in Osaka, Japan. It’s part of their Masaji Beer Project and as such, the recipe changes each year. This iteration of Minoh Godfather contains locally sourced rice and imported USA and NZ hops. Minoh Godfather 6 Aroma and Taste Minoh Godfather 6 …

Far Yeast Belgian Stout by Far Yeast Brewing Company

Far Yeast Belgian Stout

Far Yeast Belgian Stout is a 7.5% stout from Far Yeast Brewing Company, based in Yamanashi, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal offerings and was first released in October 2017. Far Yeast Brewing Company took a foreign stout as their base and then used Belgian yeast to ferment followed up by some secondary fermentation in the bottle. At the …

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, …