Shiga Kogen Blue Bird Day Saison by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Blue Bird Day Saison 志賀高原ブルーバードディセゾン

Shiga Kogen Blue Bird Day Saison is a 5.5% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range, and was first released in February 2018. The name comes from those skiiing ahem snowboarding days where the snow is fluffy and white, while the sky is a clear blue colour with not a cloud in …

Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro 志賀高原たかしいちろ

Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro is an 11.5% imperial stout from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their (very) limited edition series of Ichiro’s series, that follows similar lines to the Minoh Ichiro’s range. This is where they take a regular beer, in this case the Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout, and age it for eighteen months in Ichiro’s …

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Shiga Kogen Not So Mild Ale by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Not So Mild Ale

Shiga Kogen Not So Mild Ale is a 4.5% mild ale by Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their annual summer seasonal release and can be found in both bottles and on tap too. Shiga Kogen Not So Mild Ale was originally brewed with Nøgne Ø, a Norwegian brewery, for the Tokyo Beer Festival back in 2009, …

Shiga Kogen New Engi-land IPA by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen New Engi-land IPA

Shiga Kogen New Engi-land IPA is a 6.5% American IPA from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and was first released in June 2017 to celebrate the opening of The Farmhouse – a small little bar and hotel owned by Tamamura Honten. If you hadn’t guessed, Shiga Kogen New Engi-land IPA is another Japanese …

Shiga Kogen Yuru Buru Wheat by Tamamura Honten 

Shiga Kogen Yuru Buru Wheat

Shiga Kogen Yuru Buru Wheat is a 5% wheat ale from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and was first released in May 2017 as part of a 10th anniversary celebration to the Yuru Buru blog – which is run by the headbrewer at Shiga Kogen, Ego-san. By the time this review for …

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. …

Shiga Kogen IBrA by Tamamura Honten 

Shiga Kogen IBrA

Shiga Kogen IBrA is a 6% India Brown Ale (I know – new for us too!) from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range, and can be found in both bottles and on tap and it was first released in November 2016. It was brewed as part of an inspiration – if that can be …

Shiga Kogen 1t IPA by Tamamura Honten 

Shiga Kogen 1t IPA

Shiga Kogen 1t IPA is a 9.5% Double / Imperial IPA from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range, and was first released in 2016. It was realised in such a brief amount of time, that all known stocks have sold out and it can be found on tap, though some bottles may still …

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 …

Shiga Kogen Shoubu Miyama Blonde by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Shoubu Miyama Blonde

Shiga Kogen Shoubu Miyama Blonde is a 6.5% spiced / herb seasonal special from Tamamura Honten that contains the roots of sweet flags. That’s not a typo. I hadn’t heard of the root either and I’ve lived in Japan for over a decade. It seems that the closest word to it in English would be a beewort or a bitter pepper root. It …