Kisoji Smoked Ale by Kisoji Beer

Kisoji Smoked Ale

Kisoji Smoked Ale is a 5% rauchbier, or smoked beer, from Kisoji Beer, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and was first released in late September 2016. There is no official listing on their website as to whether this is going to be continued next year or not, …

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Shiga Kogen Two Rabbits IPA by Tamamura Honten 

Shiga Kogen Two Rabbits IPA

Shiga Kogen Two Rabbits IPA is a 9% imperial IPA from Tamamura Honten. It’s part of their limited edition range and was first released in 2017 at the Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival. It’s a merging of two styles of IPA: West Coast IPA and New England IPA. It’s name comes from the ancient Chinese proverb “A man who chases two …

Yona Yona Ale (2017) by Yo-Ho Brewing

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Yo-Ho Brewing have updated their classic Yona Yona Ale for the 20th anniversary of its release. But how is it? Yona Yona is a 5.5% American Pale Ale made with Cascade hops. Twenty years is a long time in Japan craft beer history- especially considering the relaxed laws that triggered the first boom were only introduced twenty-three years ago. Yo-Ho …

Yo-Ho Father’s Day Red Ale by Yo-Ho Brewing

Yo-Ho Father's Day Red Ale by Yo-Ho Brewing

Father’s Day Red Ale is a 4.5% Irish Red Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing. It’s a limited edition beer brewed for Father’s Day, and is only available as part of the Father’s Day gift box. Father’s Day Red Ale Aroma and Taste Father’s Day Red Ale pours out a clear mahogany colour with a decent head that settles down to a …

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Shiga Kogen Not So Mild Ale by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Not So Mild Ale

Shiga Kogen Not So Mild Ale is a 4.5% mild ale by Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their annual summer seasonal release and can be found in both bottles and on tap too. Shiga Kogen Not So Mild Ale was originally brewed with Nøgne Ø, a Norwegian brewery, for the Tokyo Beer Festival back in 2009, …

Kisoji Pale Ale by Kisoji Beer

Kisoji Pale Ale

Kisoji Pale Ale is a 5% American pale ale from Kisoji Beer, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their all year round range of beers, available both on tap and in cans, though the cans are a tad hard to distinguish from one another as they all have the same design, besides a small sticker that lies next to the …

Shiga Kogen New Engi-land IPA by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen New Engi-land IPA

Shiga Kogen New Engi-land IPA is a 6.5% American IPA from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and was first released in June 2017 to celebrate the opening of The Farmhouse – a small little bar and hotel owned by Tamamura Honten. If you hadn’t guessed, Shiga Kogen New Engi-land IPA is another Japanese …

Shiga Kogen Yuru Buru Wheat by Tamamura Honten 

Shiga Kogen Yuru Buru Wheat

Shiga Kogen Yuru Buru Wheat is a 5% wheat ale from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and was first released in May 2017 as part of a 10th anniversary celebration to the Yuru Buru blog – which is run by the headbrewer at Shiga Kogen, Ego-san. By the time this review for …

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 …