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 …

Minamishinshu Ki no Sato by Minamishinshu Beer Company

Minamishinshu Beer Ki no Sato

Minamishinshu Ki no Sato is 4.5% golden / blonde ale from Minamishinshu Beer Company, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and can usually be found on sale from April onwards. The “gimmick”, which seems a bit strange, is that Minamishinshu Ki no Sato is brewed in a special place of Japan that experiences zero magnetic field …

Songbird Motueka Pale Ale by Brewery Songbird

Songbird Motueka Pale Ale

Songbird Motueka Pale Ale is a 5.2% English pale ale from Brewery Songbird, based in Chiba, Japan. It is part of its spring seasonal line up of beers. It started out as a seasonal beer in 2015 but I thought it had been promoted with the fancy label design and not one of the simple paper tags hung around the neck. Alas, no. Moreover, …

Swan Lake Gray Stout by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Ikarashitei Yui Swan Lake Pub Edo Niigata Swan Lake Gray Stout

Swan Lake Gray Stout is a 5% stout from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery, based in Niigata. It’s part of their spring seasonal line up and can be found in both bottle and on tap across Japan. Why is it gray but appears to be black? Well Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery decided to use a black stout base and then use …

Shiroyama Maazaku IPA by Shiroyama Brewery

Noge West End Beer 4 Shiroyama Maasagu IPA

Shiroyama Maazaku IPA is a 6% American IPA from Shiroyama Brewery, based in Kagoshima, Kyushu. It’s part of their seasonal line up of craft beer and can usually be found from late spring onwards. The beer contains maazaku, a local kind of grass for which the only English translation is “Chinese parsnip root”, though it’s supposed to increase longevity to people …

Hakodate Ichigo no Hatsu Koi by Hakodate Beer

Hakodate Ichigo no Hatsu Koi

Hakodate Ichigo no Hatsu Koi is a 4% fruit beer from Hakodate Beer that is part of their spring seasonal line up. It contains locally sourced strawberries from the Hakodate area, which are known as Koiichigo and is usually on sale from the beginning of March onwards. At the time of writing, Hakodate Ichigo no Hatsu Koi can be found in bottles …

K’s Brewmaster Amaou Noble Sweet by K\’s Brewing Company

K’s Brewmaster Amaosu Noble Sweet

K’s Brewmaster Amaou Noble Sweet is a bomb in a bottle waiting to go off. Sensationalist first lines aside, and genuine as it was, K’s Brewmaster Amaosu Noble Sweet is a 4% spring seasonal fruit beer from K’s Brewing Company. It contains Amaou Strawberries from Kyushu and is an explosive beer. It is sponsored by Kim-Jong Un who appears on the label and seems …

Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout

Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout is a 10% imperial stout from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, and it is part of their spring range of seasonal beers. This 2016 was the first release in two years as Tamamura Honten installed a new brewery. It was first released in limited batches in 2008 and can be found on sale from around the beginning …

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Noir by Tamamura Honten

Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison Noir

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Noir is a 9% black saison from Tamamura Honten, makers of the Shiga Kogen range of craft beer. It’s produced in spring though it is available throughout the year. Tamamura Honten also take this beer and produce variations of it, for example, aging it in oak barrels in limited quantities. It is one of the few …

Shonan Weizen by Kumazawa Brewing

Shonan Weizen

Shonan Weizen is a 5% hefeweizen from Kumazawa Brewing that is, most surprisingly, a spring seasonal beer from them rather than part of their all-year round range of beers. There is a distinct lack of information about it on the Kumazawa Brewing homepage and their Shonan Weizenbock seems to bring up more results in Japanese and in English when I …