Shiga Kogen Salty Hop by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Salty Hop 志賀高原ソルティーホップ

Shiga Kogen Salty Hop is a 4.5% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition lineup and first came out in 2015. Since then, Shiga Kogen Salty Hop has made random appearances throughout the year, usually around summer time. It’s brewed using locally grown irises and peppers and also sea salt harvested from the Japan …

Minamishinshu Hokentake Ale by Komagatake Brewery

Minamishinshu Hokentake Ale 南信州ビール宝剣岳エール

Minamishinshu Hokentake Ale is a 5% golden ale from Komagatake Brewery, based in Komagane, in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of the summer seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap. It was first released in 2017 and Minamishinshu Hokentake Ale is named after Mount Hōken, at 2,931m high, is one of major peaks in Kiso Mountains or Central Alps, …

Shiga Kogen Festival Saison by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Festival Saison志賀高原フェスティバルセゾン

Shiga Kogen Festival Saison is a 6% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nozawa Onsen, in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition summer line up and can be found in both bottles and on tap. The 2018 version of Shiga Kogen Festival Saison was brewed using Bru-1 hops – an experimental hop from the USA. Shiga Kogen Festival Saison …

AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop By Anglo-Japanese Brewing Company

AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop AJB IBU ないレモンドロップ

AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop is a 5.8% NE Pale Ale from Anglo-Japanese Brewing Company, based in Nozawa Onsen, in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their IBU Nai series, where no bittering hops are used in the beer, instead, only aroma hops are used. AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop is brewed using lemondrop hops, which were first released in 2012. It is also brewed …

Shiga Kogen Kasumi by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Kasumi 志賀高原KASUMi

Shiga Kogen Kasumi, or to give it its full name of Shiga Kogen Kasumi IPA for Sennin, is a 4.5% session IPA from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. Shiga Kogen Kasumi was first released in May 2018, though this is …

AJB IBU Nai by Anglo-Japanese Brewing Company

AJB IBU Nai AJB IBUない

AJB IBU Nai is a 5.4% American Pale Ale from Anglo Japanese Brewing Company, based in Nozawa Onsen, in Nagano, Japan. The name “IBU Nai” comes from the fact that no bittering hops were used in the making of the beer. At the time of writing, it’s unknown whether AJB IBU Nai is a one-off or will be sold again in …

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Fujizakura Okite Yaburi by Fujizakura Heights Beer

Fujizakura Okite Yaburi 富士桜おきてやぶり

Fujizakura Okite Yaburi is a 5.5% India Pale Weizen that is a collaboration between Fujizakura Heights Beer, based in Yamanashi, and Shiga Kogen, based in Nagano. It was brewed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fujizakura Heights Beer in July. As such, it’s a limited edition beer with no plans for any more releases. In a turn up for the …

Oh! La! Ho Raiden Kannuki IPA by Oh! La! Ho Beer

Oh! La! Ho Raiden Kannuki IPA オラホー雷電閂IPA

Oh! La! Ho Raiden Kannuki IPA is a 6% American IPA from Oh! La! Ho Beer, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited Raiden range of beers with this one being dedicated to the greatest non-Yokozuna, or in fact the best ever sumo wrestler, Raiden Tameemon! It came on sale in April but it’s unknown whether it’s a one-off or …

Shiga Kogen Snow Monkey IPA (2018) by Tamamura Honten

Snow Monkey IPA (2018) スノーモンキーIPA

This year’s edition of the Shiga Kogen Snow Monkey IPA is a 5.5% NE IPA – who’d have thought it – from Tamamura Honten. They bring out a different version each year so it seems they buckled to the common call. It’s brewed using oats and spelt though what hops are used in this iteration are unknown. Shiga Kogen Snow Monkey …