Kokage IPA by Cocono Hops

Kokage IPA

Kokage IPA is a 7% American IPA from Cocono Hops, based in Nagano, Japan. Like the other beers in the Cocono Hops range, Kokage IPA is contract brewed but at Donryu Dream Beer and was first released in 2015 but unlike the other beers, Kokage IPA at the time of writing is only found on draft only with no plans for a …

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 …

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Hops & Brett by Tamamura Honten 

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Hops & Brett

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Hops & Brett is a 6% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their bottle Yamabushi range of beer and was first released in Summer 2016. Why has it taken so long for us to review it? Well, I didn’t get my bottle until December 2016, having let it age for a bit. …

Shiga Kogen IBrA by Tamamura Honten 

Shiga Kogen IBrA

Shiga Kogen IBrA is a 6% India Brown Ale (I know – new for us too!) from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range, and can be found in both bottles and on tap and it was first released in November 2016. It was brewed as part of an inspiration – if that can be …

Shiga Kogen 1t IPA by Tamamura Honten 

Shiga Kogen 1t IPA

Shiga Kogen 1t IPA is a 9.5% Double / Imperial IPA from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range, and was first released in 2016. It was realised in such a brief amount of time, that all known stocks have sold out and it can be found on tap, though some bottles may still …

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Brett by Tamamura Honten 

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Brett

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Brett is a 6% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano. It’s part of their Yamabushi range of beers that involving taking a saison base and infusing it with different adjuncts, in this case Brettanomyces, hence the Brett part of the name. Brettanomyces are a kind of yeast used in the process of fermentation, and brewers may also add …

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Yo-Ho SORRY Umami IPA by Yo-Ho Brewing Company

Yo-Ho SORRY Umami IPA

Yo-Ho SORRY Umami IPA is a 7% Experimental White IPA (whatever that means!) from Yo-Ho Brewing Company, based in Nagano, Japan. If you haven’t heard about this beer, then you’ve either been out having fun or ignored the beer news, but it’s safe to say, Yo-Ho SORRY Umami IPA is peculiar in that Yo-Ho Brewing Company used bonito fish flakes in …

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 …

Kokage Pilsner by Cocono Hops

Kokage Pilsner

Kokage Pilsner is a 5% pilsner from Cocono Hops but is contract brewed at Echigo Beer Company for them. It’s brewed using 100% malt, thus without any adjuncts and as such, is styled as a beer rather than a happoshu. At the time of writing, it can be found in bottles though I suspect it may also be on tap …

Karuizawa Kogen National Trust by Yo-Ho Brewing

Karuizawa Kogen National Trust

Karuizawa Kogen National Trust is a 5% American style porter from Yo-Ho Brewing and NOT Karuizawa Asama Kogen – which is a good thing by our own standards. Like the Karuizawa Kogen Wild Forest, a portion of profits from each can of Karuizawa Kogen National Trust go towards maintaining the local forests in Karuizawa so you can drink, do something for charity, …