Myoko Dark Lager by Myoko Kogen Beer

Myoko Dark Lager 妙高ダークラガー

Myoko Dark Lager is a 5% schwarzbier from Myoko Kogen Beer, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap. Myoko Dark Lager is brewed with four different kinds of malts being Pilsner, Caramel, Munchen, and Black. Myoko Dark Lager Aroma and Taste Myoko Dark Lager poured …

Echigo Rise Up IPA by Echigo Beer

Rise Up IPA ライズアップ IPA

Echigo Rise Up IPA is a 6% Indian Pale Ale from Echigo Beer. Look at that badass can! I was excited to try this. Then Rob said “Enjoy ;)”. With the winking smiley face. I know that smiley face. I knew what I was immediately in for. There’s something wrong with this beer, isn’t there. Something bad. By the twitching of my ear, there’s something …

Swan Lake Miel Blanc by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Miel Blanc スワンレイクミエルブラン

Swan Lake Miel Blanc is a 5% spiced beer from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their Valentine’s range for 2018. As such, it’s unknown if it will come out again. Swan Lake Miel Blanc is brewed using locally sourced Niigata honey too. Swan Lake Miel Blanc Aroma and Taste Swan Lake Miel Blanc poured out …

Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori

Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison スワンレイクストロベリーダークセゾン

Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison is a 6% saison from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their Valentine’s efforts for 2018 and was first released in late 2017. Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison is brewed using locally sourced Niigata strawberries, saison yeast, and also roasted black malts. Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison Aroma and Taste Swan Lake …

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine スワンレークバレルエージバーレイワイン

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine is an 11% barley wine from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their winter line up of beers can be found on sale usually from December onwards. It differs from their regular barley wine in that it has been aged in whiskey casks, though it’s unknown which company supplied the …

Swan Lake IPA by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake IPA

Swan Lake IPA is a 7% American IPA from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition line up of beers that can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan, and at their taprooms, though its release date is unknown as I’ve come across it at various times throughout the year. Swan Lake …

Tainai Kogen Citra Weizen by Taniai Kogen Beer 

Tainai Kougen Citra Weizen 胎内高原シトラヴァイツェン

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. …