Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison

Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison is a 4% saison from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s was first released in 2015 as part of their seasonal range of craft beer and can be found on sale late spring / early summer. Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison is one of the first beers in Japan to use 農大花酵母, known as noudai-hanakoubo or Agriculture Great Flower …

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Hops & Brett by Tamamura Honten 

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Hops & Brett

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Hops & Brett is a 6% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their bottle Yamabushi range of beer and was first released in Summer 2016. Why has it taken so long for us to review it? Well, I didn’t get my bottle until December 2016, having let it age for a bit. …

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Brett by Tamamura Honten 

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Brett

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Brett is a 6% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano. It’s part of their Yamabushi range of beers that involving taking a saison base and infusing it with different adjuncts, in this case Brettanomyces, hence the Brett part of the name. Brettanomyces are a kind of yeast used in the process of fermentation, and brewers may also add …

Songbird Myltille Noir by Brewery Songbird

Songbird Myltille Noir

Songbird Myltille Noir is 5.5% fruit beer / dark saison from Brewery Songbird, based in Chiba. It is part of their autumn seasonal lineup and was first released in autumn 2015. Songbird Myltille Noir contains over 20% of pickled blueberries which have been sourced from Yotsukaido, also located in Chiba. It can be found in bottles when on sale. Songbird Myltille Noir Aroma and …

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Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde

Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde is a 5% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition line up and was first released in May 2016. As the name suggests, it’s the “baby” version of the Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde. Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde is brewed using using Nishikimiyama rice and with additions of Shinshu hops and …

Shimane Yuzu Fresh by Shimane Beer Company

Shimane Yuzu Fresh

Yuzu are pretty versatile, with their uses ranging from baths to cooking to beers. Shimane Yuzu Fresh has plenty of the fruit. It’s a saison-style beer from Shimane Beer, and is the first time we’ve encountered a saison made with yuzu. Shimane Beer style it as a Belgian fruit beer. Shimane Yuzu Fresh contains locally sourced fresh yuzu and also plenty …

Yorocco Zesty Saison by Yorocco Beer

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Yorocco Zesty Saison is a 4.5% saison from Yorocco Beer, based in Zushi, Kanagawa. It’s part of their draft range and is brewed using amanatsu or natsumikan, which looks something like a cross between a grapefruit and an orange. While the fruit is most commonly grown in Yamanashi, it can be seen across Japan, and it seems Yorocco Beer have …

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison One by Tamamura Honten

Yamabushi Saison One 山伏壱saison one

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison One is a 6.5% saison from Tamamura Honten, makers of the Shiga Kogen range of beers. It is brewed using locally-sourced hops and also sake rice. It is then bottled, without it being filtered, into 750ml wine bottles, a rarity in Japan. Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison One is available all-year round though we’re yet to see …

Yorocco Saison by Yorocco Beer

Yorocco Saison

Yorocco Saison is a 4% saison from Yorocco Beer, based in Zushi, Kanagawa. It was the fourth entry into the bottled range released in 2016 and came out at the beginning of April 2016. 4% I hear you say. What’s going on there? Well, the typical saison from Belgium is far lower in strength, at about 2% to 4%. This …

Shiga Kogen Saison Blanc by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Saison Blanc

Shiga Kogen Saison Blanc is a 5.5% saison from Tamamura Honten that is part of their limited edition craft beer lineup after making its debut at the 2015 Harvest Festival in Nagano. It’s brewed using two kinds of New Zealand hops and two different yeasts in the fermentation stage. At the time of writing, it’s unknown what the two strains of …