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Baird Black Bread Rye Porter by Baird Beer

Baird Black Bread Rye Porter

Baird Black Bread Rye Porter is a 6% porter from Baird Beer, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of a collaborative effort with Malduguns, based in Latvia, who came over with a “shitload” of rye bread to make a beer. Latvian rye bread (Kelmeni), hand carried from Latvia, was used in this beer, also some malted rye (thanks Chris!) and Warrior and …

Hi no Tani Valentine’s Porter by Hi no Tani Kogen Beer

Hi no Tani Valentine's Porter

Hi no Tani Valentine’s Porter is a 5% porter from Hi no Tani Kogen Beer, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal range and can be found in both bottles and on tap, though why it’s so late after Valentine’s day is anyone’s guess.I drank Hi no Tani Valentine’s Porter in 30c heat after the recent Osaka …

Kazekami Porter by Kamikaze Bakushu 

Kazekami Porter

Kazekami Porter is an 8% porter from Kazekami Bakushu, based in Kawasaki, Kanagawa. It’s part of their bottled only range, and we’re yet to come across it on tap. It’s also technically a happoshu as Kazekami Porter is brewed with cloves and something called リンデン, or rinden, in Japanese. In English, this is known as the Tilia europaea also called the Common Lime, that bears …

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Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter 伊勢角屋カルダモンポーター

Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter is an 8% spiced porter from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal range of beers and was first released in 2016, as a push towards the Valentine’s market. Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter is brewed with orange peel, cacao powder, and also cardamom, which happens to be the world’s third most expensive spice, …

Yorocco Cherry Maple Porter by Yorocco Beer

Yorocco Cherry Maple Porter

Yorocco Cherry Maple Porter is a 5% porter from Yorocco Beer based in Kanagawa, Japan. Yorocco Cherry Maple Porter is part of their seasonal line up and was first released in late 2016 as part of the 3rd anniversary celebrations of Yorocco Beer Taproom at Beach Muffin. It was brewed using fresh maple, coffee and vanilla beans. At the time …

Karuizawa Kogen National Trust by Yo-Ho Brewing

Karuizawa Kogen National Trust

Karuizawa Kogen National Trust is a 5% American style porter from Yo-Ho Brewing and NOT Karuizawa Asama Kogen – which is a good thing by our own standards. Like the Karuizawa Kogen Wild Forest, a portion of profits from each can of Karuizawa Kogen National Trust go towards maintaining the local forests in Karuizawa so you can drink, do something for charity, …

Baird Baba Oatmeal Smoked Porter by Baird Beer

Baird Takadanobaba Taproom Baba Oatmeal Stout

Baird Baba Oatmeal Smoked Porter is a 5.7% porter from Baird Beer based in Shuzenji, Shizuoka. It’s part of their draft only range and is the flagship beer for the Baird Takadanobaba Taproom, which opened in May 2016. At the time of writing, it can only be found at that branch and there are no plans to release it in …

Rokko Porter by Rokko Craft Brewery

Rokko Porter

Rokko Porter is a 5% porter beer from Rokko Craft Brewery that is based on the traditional London style porters found from the 18th and 19th century. It is an award-winning beer having won gold at the 2012 Japan Asia Beer Cup. Rokko Porter can be found in both bottled form and on tap at the Rokko Craft Brewery restaurants in the Kobe …

Swan Lake Porter by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Porter

Swan Lake Porter is, wait for it, a multiple award-winning 5.5% porter from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery in Niigata, most importantly winning two golds at the World Beer Cup in 2000 and in 2006, the main competition as far as I’m concerned. Swan Lake Porter has also undergone various design changes with the label below being the most recent, at …

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Harvestmoon Christmas Porter by Harvestmoon

Harvestmoon Christmas Porter

Harvestmoon Christmas Porter is a 5% winter seasonal beer from Harvestmoon in Chiba. It is brewed for the Christmas period though why Harvestmoon don’t have a regular all-year round porter is beyond me. Harvestmoon Christmas Porter is usually on sale from mid-November until stocks last. Harvestmoon Christmas Porter Aroma and Taste Seeing as my ineptitude ended up with me breaking my …