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 …

Shiga Kogen Blue Bird Day Saison by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Blue Bird Day Saison 志賀高原ブルーバードディセゾン

Shiga Kogen Blue Bird Day Saison is a 5.5% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range, and was first released in February 2018. The name comes from those skiiing ahem snowboarding days where the snow is fluffy and white, while the sky is a clear blue colour with not a cloud in …

Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro 志賀高原たかしいちろ

Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro is an 11.5% imperial stout from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their (very) limited edition series of Ichiro’s series, that follows similar lines to the Minoh Ichiro’s range. This is where they take a regular beer, in this case the Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout, and age it for eighteen months in Ichiro’s …

Shinshu Roman Wheat Ale By Reijin Shuzo 

Shinshu Roman Wheat Ale 信州浪漫ビール ウィートエール

Shinshu Roman Wheat Ale is a 5% wheat ale from Reijin Shuzo, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and can be found in both cans and on tap across the Nagano region, but only in cans further afield. Not much is known about Shinshu Roman Wheat Ale besides it using a blend of waters from the …

Karuizawa Kogen ESB (2017) by Yo-Ho Brewing 

Karuizawa Kogen ESB (2017) 軽井沢高原ビールESB

Karuizawa Kogen ESB (2017) is a 5.5% American style ESB, also known as an extra special bitter, from Yo-Ho Brewing. It’s part of the Karuizawa Kogen seasonal range though it has seen repeated releases over the last 10 – 15 years. It’s brewed using American hops to impart a stronger bitterness and citrus flavour than is usually found in the …

Karuizawa Kogen Brown Ale (2017) by Yo-Ho Brewing 

Karuizawa Kogen Brown Ale 軽井沢高原ブラウンエール

Karuizawa Kogen Brown Ale is a 5% brown ale from Yo-Ho Brewing, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their autumn seasonal lineup and can be found in both cans and on tap at the Yona Yona Beer Works bars. Karuizawa Kogen Brown Ale is brewed with six different kinds of malts as well as containing oats too. It’s unknown what hops …

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 …

Oh! La! Ho Captain Crow Thrash Lager by Oh! La! Ho Beer

Oh! La! Ho Captain Crow Thrash Lager

Oh! La! Ho Captain Crow Thrash Lager is a 4.5% India Pale Lager from Oh! La! Ho Beer, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and was first released in 2017. It has nothing to do with Thrash Zone in Yokohama, rather it’s just another collaborative effort with Transporter Beer magazine. Oh! La! Ho Captain …

Kisoji Porter by Kisoji Beer

Kisoji Porter

Kisoji Porter is a 5% porter from Kisoji Beer, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range and can be found in both cans and on tap across Japan, though the latter is much rarer. Kisoji Porter is brewed with three different kinds of base malts and then five different “colour” malts are added – that is to …

Boku Beer Kimi Beer Midnight Seijin by Yo-Ho Brewing

Boku Beer Kimi Beer Midnight Seijin by Yo-Ho Brewing ヤッホー僕ビール君ビールミッドナイト星人

Boku Beer Kimi Beer Midnight Seijin is a hoppy amber ale with an ABV of 5.5%. It was released yesterday! (October 24th, 2017) Boku Beer Kimi Beer Midnight Seijin Appearance and Taste Boku Beer Kimi Beer Midnight Seijin pours out with a centimetre of beige foam. It’s a crystal-clear amber colour. Before getting a whiff of this, I was expecting …