Tainai Kogen Citra Weizen by Taniai Kogen Beer 

Tainai Kogen Citra Weizen

Tainai Kogen Citra Weizen is a 5% German hefeweizen from Tainai Kogen Beer, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beer and can be found in both bottles and on tap. If you hadn’t guessed from the name, Tainai Kogen Citra Weizen uses Citra hops for bittering and flavouring, rather than your usual Tettnanger or Hallertau hops which …

Hakkaisan Izumi Porter by Hakkaisan Izumi Beer 

Hakkaisan Izumi Porter

Hakkaisan Izumi Porter is a 5% English porter from Hakkaisan Izumi Beer, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal range of beer and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. It’s brewed using imported English pale malt, along with four different dark roasted malts, most likely chosen from chocolate, roasted barley, black malt, and black …

Hakkaisan Pilsner by Hakkaisan Sake Brewing

Hakkaisan Pilsner

Hakkaisan Pilsner is a 5% pilsner from Hakkaisan Sake Brewing based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal range of beers and can be found on tap and also in bottles, which come in two sizes of 350ml and 500ml. Why this is released only in winter is beyond me, as you would think that pilsners would be best …

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Echigo Flying IPA by Echigo Beer Company

Echigo Flying IPA

Echigo Flying IPA is a 5.5% American IPA from Echigo Beer based in Niigata, Japan. At the time of writing, Echigo hadn’t released any new canned beers in over five years, and with beer, it presents a big change in direction for the design of the beers as well, with confirmation that Echigo Beer Company are entering the US market. …

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Gargery23 Black by beerStyle21 Inc.

Gargery23 Black

Gargery23 Black is a limited edition 7% stout from BeerStyle Inc.. Never heard of them? Neither had we until a short drinking in Ebisubashi, in Ebisu. The owner knew we liked craft beer and pulled out this beer for us to try. It’s brewed using crystal malt as well as chocolate malt in the mashing in process and then aged …

Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale

So good that the used the word “swan” twice, Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale is a amber ale from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery that is part of their year-round range of beers. It’s has an abv of 5% and is readily available in bottle or on draught form. Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale is a multiple award-winning beer, over twenty in total, having won …

Kokage Stout by Cocono Hops

Kokage Stout

Kokage Stout is a 7% stout 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 …

Echigo Premium Red Ale by Echigo Beer Company

Echigo Premium Red Ale is a 5.5% amber ale from Echigo Beer Company, based in Yuzawa city, Niigata. Without focussing too much on the trigger word for Joe’s sake, this beer is part of their all-year round range and has become increasingly common across Japan over the last few years. It has an IBU of 25 units; however, the hops …

Swan Lake Gray Stout by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Ikarashitei Yui Swan Lake Pub Edo Niigata Swan Lake Gray Stout

Swan Lake Gray Stout is a 5% stout from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery, based in Niigata. It’s part of their spring seasonal line up and can be found in both bottle and on tap across Japan. Why is it gray but appears to be black? Well Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery decided to use a black stout base and then use …

Tainai Kogen Beer

Tainai Kogen Beer Logo

Tainai Kogen Beer is a craft beer brewery located in Tainai City, Niigata. It was founded in 2011 as an off-shoot to the Niigata Beer company and since then, has grown larger year upon year. The brewery strictly adheres to the Reinheitsgebot, the German purity law, so all of Tainai Kogen’s beers do not include any adjuncts, such as orange …