Minamishinshu Ki no Sato by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Beer Ki no Sato

Minamishinshu Ki no Sato is 4.5% golden / blonde ale from Minamishinshu Beer Company, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and can usually be found on sale from April onwards. The “gimmick”, which seems a bit strange, is that Minamishinshu Ki no Sato is brewed in a special place of Japan that experiences zero magnetic field …

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Minamishinshu Oktoberfest by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Oktoberfest

Minamishinshu Oktoberfest is a 6% märzen style beer from Minamishinshu Beer Company that is part of their autumnal lineup and is released in time for the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. It is brewed using four different malts in the marsh, not uncommon there, but the malt grains used themselves are unknown. Minamishinshu Oktoberfest can be found in both bottles and cans and is on sale …

Minamishinshu Wonder Barley Akane by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Wonder Barley Akane

Minamishinshu Wonder Barley Akane is an 8.5% barleywine from Minamishinshu Beer Company, based in Nagano. It’s a collaborative beer with WoWoW TV network, which goes somewhere in explaining the random English phrases on the front of the bottle. It was first released in September 2015 but with most barleywines, it’s nice to let them sit and age for a bit before drinking. …

Minamishinshu Beer Company Information

Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Beer Company is a craft beer brewery located in Komagane, in Nagano prefecture. The brewery started up in 1996, soon after the deregulation of brewing capacities in 1994, and was the first craft beer brewery in Nagano at the time.  Like most other breweries at the time, Minamishinshu Beer company started out as an offshoot of Komagatake Shuzo, a local …

Minamishinshu Blueberry Hop by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Blueberry Hop 南信州ブルーベリーホップ

Minamishinshu Blueberry Hop is a 6.5% autumn seasonal fruit beer from Minamishinsu Beer Company that is produced using blueberries to a similar recipe to the Minamishinshu Apple Hop. It started originally as a spring seasonal beer though in 2015, Minamishinshu Blueberry Hop was released in September rather than in March. Why the change? Who knows. It escaped the craft beer news outlets in Japan though …

Minamishinshu Christmas Ale by Minamishinshu Beer

Minamishinshu Christmas Ale

Minamishinshu Christmas Ale is a 7.5% English strong ale from Minamishinshu Beer Company that is part of their winter seasonal range. It’s released in November time, just in time for the bonenkai season drinking seasons where you can forget those problems you had at work. It can be found in both bottles and on tap though we opted for the …

Minamishinshu IPA by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu IPA

A strange one from Japan but Minamishinshu IPA is a spring seasonal from Minamishinshu Beer Company that seems to be available all-year round though not in production for the whole time. Minamishinshu IPA has an abv of around 6% and is top-fermented though it is packed with four times the amount of hops that Minamishinshu Beer Company usually puts in their beers. Minamishinshu IPA …

Minamishinshu Golden Ale by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Golden Ale

Minamishinshu Beer Company is fast becoming one of our favourite breweries in Japan and Minamishinshu Golden Ale is one of their flagship beers. It’s a 5% golden / blond ale from the depths of Nagano and is brewed using fresh snow water from the Northern Alps. Not those alps in Europe but the alps that extend through Nagano up to Niigata. Besides that, …

Minamishinshu Amber Ale by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Amber Ale

After our first experience with the Minamishinshu range being so positive, we knew that we wanted to try some more. Then Minamishinshu Amber Ale suddenly popped up out of nowhere. It’s a 4.5% amber ale that we’ve seen numerous times on draft but this was our first experience of seeing it in bottles. Minamishinshu Amber Ale also won bronze medal at …

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Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen

Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen was a present from a friend of ours to celebrate six months of BeerTengoku and has been eagerly awaited since it was given to us. Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen, as the name suggests, is a dark wheat beer style based on a German style of beer that is best drunk in Spring or Autumn. Minamishinshu Dunkel Weizen Aroma and …