Aoi Brewing Information

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Aoi Brewing is a craft beer brewery and brewpub located in Shizuoka city, Shizuoka, and is the first brewery to be located in the city’s area. It opened in 2013 though didn’t start producing beer until 2014 and in 2016, Aoi Brewing first released their beers in bottled form. They have also branched out into bars and restaurants, with Aoi Beer Stand …

Kaze no Tani Beer Information

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Kaze no Tani Beer, also know as Wind Valley Beer in English, is a craft beer brewery located in Shizuoka, Japan. Founded in 1997, Kaze no Tani were the first Japanese brewery – either macro or craft beer – to be certified as organic, back in 2000. Unlike other breweries in Japan, the majority, if not all, of their beers use organic …

Hansharo Beer Information

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Hansharo Beer is a craft beer brewery located in Izunokuni city, Shizuoka. The brewery was founded in 1996, soon after the Japanese government loosened the restrictions for the beer licensing system. Like other breweries at the time, Hansharo Beer is owned by Kuraya Narusawa. The brewery and restaurant are near Izu Nagaoka Station on the Izu Hakone Line, about 20 minutes from Mishima …

Gotemba Kogen Beer Information

Gotemba Kogen Beer

Brewing since 1995, Gotemba Kogen Beer is located inside the Gotemba Kogen resort in Shizuoka, about 2 hours south of Tokyo by the bullet train. Gotemba Kogen Beer’s microbrewery brews and distributes all of its beer on site to the various restaurants though it is possible to find some of their beers outside of the resort. Gotemba Kogen Beer’s are brewed on …

Baird Beer: Interviews with Bryan Baird and Chris Poel

Baird Beer Shuzneji

After the tour of the brand-spanking-new Shuzenji brewery, BeerTengoku headed back up to the taproom for a chinwag with Baird Beer’s head brewer, Chris Poel. We got ourselves a beer (took a while to decide – did you see all those taps!?), and sat in the outdoor deck area. The drizzle was unabating, but the view was impressive, surrounded by …

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Baird Beer Brewery Tour in Shuzenji

Baird Beer Shuzneji

On Tuesday 12th August, BeerTengoku bravely faced the elements of a potential typhoon and thunderstorms to go down to the new brewery by Baird Beer in Shuzenji, Shizuoka. A mere three hour trip door to door, and a slight “diversion”, BeerTengoku finally made it after a gruelling 50 minute hike, getting lost thanks to the lack of updates to Google Maps. …

Baird Beer Brewery Information

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The founders, Bryan and Sayuri Baird, first learnt about brewing techniques in California in 1997 and opened up the Numazu Taproom in 2000. In 2001, Baird Beer opened up the smallest licensed brewery in 2001, with support from their families, quickly expanding in 2003 to a larger location. Baird Beer has seen rapid expansion since then, moving and opening two new …