Hakone Odawara Lemon by Hakone Beer

Hakone Odawara Lemon

Hakone Odawara Lemon is a 4.5% fruit beer from Hakone Beer, based in Hakone, Japan. It’s part of their late spring / early summer seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles, though that was limited to 3000, and on tap primarily across the Kanto area. Hakone Odawara Lemon is brewed using locally sourced lemons from Odawara – the main …

Songbird Cuvée de Printemps by Brewery Songbird

Songbird Cuvée de Printemps is a 7% Belgian strong ale from Brewery Songbird, based in Chiba, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap when on sale. Songbird Cuvée de Printemps is brewed using a large, but unknown, amount of wheat and dried Styrian Golding hops too. Songbird Cuvée de Printemps …

Johana Kinu no Kahori by Johana Beer 

Johana Kinu no Kahori

Johana Kinu no Kahori, also known as Johana Kinu no Kaori, is a 6% witbier from Johana Beer, based in Toyama, Japan. It was supposedly pulled from their line up but seems to have come back into their bottled and draft lineup as part of their spring seasonal lineup. Johana Kinu no Kahori is brewed with two adjuncts: one not so unusual …

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Aoi Harumi Mikan Ale by Aoi Brewing 

Aoi Harumi Mikan Ale

Aoi Harumi Mikan Ale is a 5% fruit beer from Aoi Brewing, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and first came out in bottles in April 2017, though it has been served on draft since 2015. Aoi Harumi Mikan Ale is brewed using German Pilsner, and German wheat malt, along with Belgium Aroma 150, US Cascade, …

Noboribetsu Sweet Strawberry by Noboribetsu Beer

Noboribetsu Sweet strawberry

Noboribetsu Sweet Strawberry is a 6.5% fruit ale, brewed with Toyoura strawberries. There’s a tiny paragraph on the label that says how it won gold in the flavoured ale category in the Japan Asia Beer Cup 2008, which is about as important and relevant now as saying that it comes in a bottle and is a liquid. It has a …

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 …