Hi no Tani Ibuki Red by Hi no Tani Kogen Beer

Hi no Tani Ibuki Red 火の谷いぶきレッド

Hi no Tani Ibuki Red is a 5% red ale from Hi no Tani Kogen Beer, based in Mie, Japan. Hi no Tani Ibuki Red is part of their limited edition range and can be found in both bottles and on tap in limited places across Japan. It’s brewed using Maris Otter, imported from the UK, and also Ibuki hops from …

Far Yeast Abbey Baby by Far Yeast Brewing Company

Far Yeast Abbey Baby ファーイースト アビィベイビー

Far Yeast Abbey Baby is a 7% Belgian dubbel from Far Yeast Brewing Company, based in Yamanashi, Japan. It’s part of their collaborative series, with this one being done with Brewpub Têtard Vallée, a craft beer bar in Osaka. It’s brewed using HBC341 after an initial primary fermentation with Belgian Trappist yeast, and then wine yeast in the secondary fermentation stages. Far …

Swan Lake Miel Blanc by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Miel Blanc スワンレイクミエルブラン

Swan Lake Miel Blanc is a 5% spiced beer from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their Valentine’s range for 2018. As such, it’s unknown if it will come out again. Swan Lake Miel Blanc is brewed using locally sourced Niigata honey too. Swan Lake Miel Blanc Aroma and Taste Swan Lake Miel Blanc poured out …

Far Yeast Nightcrawler by Far Yeast Brewing Company

Far Yeast Nightcrawler ファーイーストナイトクローラー

Far Yeast Nightcrawler is a 6% NE IPA from Far Yeast Brewing Company, based in Yamanashi, Japan. It’s part of their collaborative range of beers – this time with Transporter who helped work with Oh! La! Ho on the Oh! La! Ho Captain Crow Thrash Lager and Oh! La! Ho Captain Crow Extra Pale Ale. It came on sale in January 2018 and …

Ise Kadoya Struggle IPA by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Struggle IPA 伊勢角屋ストラグルIPA

Ise Kadoya Struggle IPA is a 7% American IPA from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and unknown whether this is a one-off or not. Ise Kadoya Struggle IPA is brewed with 10 (yes ten!) different hops, which are Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Cluster, Mistral, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Zeus. Perhap that was the struggle? …

Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori

Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison スワンレイクストロベリーダークセゾン

Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison is a 6% saison from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their Valentine’s efforts for 2018 and was first released in late 2017. Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison is brewed using locally sourced Niigata strawberries, saison yeast, and also roasted black malts. Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison Aroma and Taste Swan Lake …

Baeren Milk Chocolate Stout by Baeren

Baeren Milk Chocolate Stout ベアレンミルクチョコレートスタウト

Baeren Milk Chocolate Stout is a 5.5% sweet stout from Baeren, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their 2018 Valentine’s range of beers and it’s unknown whether it will make future appearances. Baeren Milk Chocolate Stout Aroma and Taste Baeren Milk Chocolate Stout poured out a pitch black colour with an ever-so-slight off white head on top that faded …

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Noboribetsu Oni no Hanaiki W-IPA by Onidensetsu Beer

Noboribetsu Oni no Hanaiki W-IPA 登別鬼の鼻息WIPA

Noboribetsu Oni no Hanaiki W-IPA is a 7.5% double IPA from Onidensetsu Beer, based in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their draft line up for setsubun with no plans for it to be bottled. It’s brewed using locally sourced Hokkaido wheat, with the “w” representing that as well as Joe’s favourite antagonistic point of meaning “double”. The name Noboribetsu Oni no Hanaiki roughly …

Sankt Gallen Annin Chocolate Stout by Sankt Gallen

Sankt Gallen Annin Chocolate Stout サンクトガーレン杏仁チョコレートスタウト

Sankt Gallen Annin Chocolate Stout is a 6.5% spiced beer from Sankt Gallen, based in Kanagawa, Japan. It’s part of their 2018 Valentine’s effort and is brewed using 100kgs of fresh apricot kernels, known as “annin” in Japanese. Sometimes annin is also translated into English as “almond”. This beer is designed around annin dofu, a Chinese dessert made with annin and …

Yokohama Yuzu Weizen by Yokohama Brewery

Yokohama Yuzu Weizen 横浜ゆずヴァイツェン

Yokohama Yuzu Weizen is a 5% fruit beer from Yokohama Brewery, based in Kanagawa, Japan. It’s part of their limited fruit series of beers and was first on sale in December 2017. It is brewed using locally sourced wheat from Seya ward in Yokohama, water from Doshi village, and also locally sourced yuzu, also known as Japanese citron, from Kanagawa. …