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North Island India Pale Ale by North Island Beer

North Island IPA

North Island India Pale Ale is a 7% IPA from North Island Beer, based in Hokkaido, Japan. I don’t really get the chance to drink North Island beer- the last one I had was back in 2014, as far as I recall. This time around, I got a three-bottle set of North Island from a kind coworker- those of you …

North Island Kamifu 100 Pale Ale by North Island Beer

North Island Kamifu 100 Pale Ale

North Island Kamifu 100 Pale Ale is a 5.5% American Pale Ale from North Island Beer, based in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their seasonal line up of craft beer and can be found on sale from September onwards in both bottles and on tap. North Island Kamifu 100 Pale Ale is brewed using locally grown Cascade hops from the Kamifurano …

North Island Brown Ale by North Island Beer

North Island Brown Ale

North Island Brown Ale is a 5% American style brown ale from North Island Beer, based in Ebetsu-city, Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of craft beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap. It’s only crowning glory among competitions was when it won the silver medal in 2008’s International Beer Competition. North Island …

North Island Coriander Black by North Island Beer

North Island Coriander Black

Coriander / cilantro is a funny herb in Japan. Some people love it, others, like my wife, detest it, and can only put up with it while it is masked by other flavours, such as in a curry. North Island Coriander Black was immediately given a wide berth by her because of the word “coriander” on the bottom right of the …

North Island Beer Information

North Island Beer is a craft beer brand brewed by SOC Brewing at its factory in the suburbs of Sapporo that started out in 2003. Two beer-loving college friends trained in Canada to become meisters went on to begin brewing beer in Sapporo’s Higashi-ku. In May 2009, North Island Beer moved to Ebetsu city they relocated to in 2009 to …

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North Island Weizen by North Island Beer

North Island Weizen

Weizens are not a style I would associate with cold, winter climates but North Island Weizen is straight the coldest area in Japan: Hokkaido. It’s a 5% hefeweizen brewed with a special local wheat only found in Hokkaido, the haruyutaka strain. Like other North Island Beers, it’s advised not to serve this cold, but rather served chilled at about 8c, …

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North Island Pilsner by North Island Beer

North Island Pilsner

North Island Pilsner is brewed up in the cold lands of Hokkaido by North Island Beer and is a 5% pilsner style beer. It is one of the first beers that North Island Beer made and North Island Pilsner is part of the regular range of their beers. I’ve seen it both on draft in various bars and also in bottled form. …

North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde by North Island Beer

North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde

Never heard of haskap? You’re not the only person, but North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde is brewed with “lots of haskap” according to NorthIslandDan (@northislanddan on Twitter). North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde is a collaboration beer between North Island Beer and those brewing gypsies from Denmark, Mikkeller. After much research, we found out that haskap is a kind of berry that …

North Island M’s Lager Masaji the Great by North Island Beer

North Island M’s Lager Masaji the Great

North Island M’s Lager Masaji the Great is North Island Beer’s tribute to the late Masaji Oshita, the president of Minoh Beer. Who is Masaji you ask? That’s a story for another time, but he could be considered the godfather of Japanese craft beer. Bolder than most beers could ever dream to be. Anyway, North Island M’s Lager Masaji the …

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North Island Stout by North Island Beer

North Island Stout

North Island Beer is, as you may have guessed, a brewery from the northern island of Hokkaido. Specifically Sapporo. You’d expect beers from North of the Wall would be hearty, robust and good for winter swigging. And, well, you’d be right. North Island Stout is a stout though. And I am not a fan of the lactic cheesiness often found in …