Shimane Chocolate No. 7 by Shimane Beer Company

Shimane Chocolate No. 7

Shimane Chocolate No. 7 is an 8% stout from Shimane Beer Company, from Shimane and it’s a part of their winter lineup of craft beer. It is usually released a few weeks in advance of Valentine’s Day, with the traditional viewpoint that women are going to buy this for a special person in their life. Shimane Chocolate No. 7 is brewed …

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 …

Shimane Rihaku Orochi by Shimane Beer Company

Shimane Orochi

Shimane Rihaku Orochi is a 9% barleywine from Shimane Beer Company that was first brewed in 2014 and is part of their winter seasonal beer range. While it is a barleywine, Shimane Beer Company collaborated with Rihaku Sake Brewery and used sake yeast so making it a rice barleywine beer. It’s on sale from December onwards and can be found in …

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Shimane Zeus Bitter by Shimane Beer Company

Shimane Zeus Bitter

Shimane Zeus Bitter is 4.5% English bitter from Shimane Beer Company that is part of their limited edition range of beers. Shimane Beer Company went pretty far to use Zeus hops as the ones they used were 100% home grown. Zeus hops are more commonly found as part of the trifecta of CTZ, which stands for Columbus, Tomahawk, and the aforementioned …

Matsue Pale Ale by Shimane Beer Company

Matsue Pale Ale

Matsue Pale Ale is an English style pale ale from Shimane Beer Company. It has an abv of 5% and is part of the all-year range from Shimane Beer Company that can be bought either in cans, bottles, or on draught form. Matsue Pale Ale Aroma and Taste The first thing I noticed when Matsue Pale Ale quickly left the can was …

Shimane Apple Barley by Shimane Beer Company

Shimane Apple Barley

Shimane Apple Barley is not your usual kind of barley wine as it’s made with dried apples from the local area to produce a this 9% apple-infused barley wine. It’s an all year round beer that I’ve had on tap before at Popeye’s in Ryogoku and was happy to find it in bottled form. However, unlike most barley wines that …

Shimane Zakuro Arils by Shimane Beer Company

Shimane Zakuro Arils

Shimane Zakuro Arils is a blonde ale by Matsue Beer Hearn in Shimane. It’s made with pomegranate purée, and has been created to appeal specifically to the female market. Pomegranate is supposedly beneficial during pregnancy, and I guess that’s all the excuse you need to throw one in a beer and call it a ladies’ beer for ladylike ladies. Well, …

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Beer Hearn Shinjiko Moon Honey Weizen Bock by Shimane Beer Company

Beer Hearn Shinjiko Moon Honey Weizen Bock

Beer Hearn Shinjiko Moon Honey Weizen Bock is one of those beers that deserves respect. Weizenbocks are notorious for doing my head in, for example, on the recent trip to Craft Beer Bar iBrew, I had one too many, and this beer is no exception. Beer Hearn Shinjiko Moon Honey Weizen Bock takes a regular weizenbock and has a truck load …

Shimane Beer IPA by Shimane Beer Company

Shimane Beer IPA

Shimane Beer IPA is a British style IPA brewed by Shimane Beer Brewery that weighs in at 7.5%. It is also one of the few beers in Japan to come with a warning on the can. Shimane Beer IPA warns potential drinkers that the aroma is “strong and smelly” and has a very bitter taste as well. How delightful of Shimane Beer …

Beer Hearn Enmusubeer Stout by Shimane Beer Company

Beer Hearn Enmusubeer Stout

Beer Hearn Enmusubeer Stout is – ah. Hm. A wild pun appears. How to translate. Japanese people- especially middle-aged men (“oyajis“)- are famously fond of wordplay. Practically every advertising slogan contains some kind of pun, and I have personally found the cringe-inducing “oyaji gyagu” (basically dad jokes) actually quite useful as mnemonic devices. Much to the chagrin of my wife. …