Iwate Kura Pink Typhoon by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Pink Typhoon いわて蔵桜風

Iwate Kura Pink Typhoon is a 6% IPA from Sekinoichi Shuzo, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and was first released in March 2018. The strange thing about the name is that in Japanese it’s called 桜風, which translates to “wind of cherry blossom” or “cherry blossom wind”. Unsurprisingly, Iwate Kura Pink Typhoon is brewed using …

Hi no Tani Valentine’s Porter by Hi no Tani Kogen Beer

Hi no Tani Valentine's Porter

Hi no Tani Valentine’s Porter is a 5% porter from Hi no Tani Kogen Beer, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal range and can be found in both bottles and on tap, though why it’s so late after Valentine’s day is anyone’s guess.I drank Hi no Tani Valentine’s Porter in 30c heat after the recent Osaka …

Ise Kadoya Hanakin Citrus by Ise Kadoya Beer

Ise Kadoya Hanakin Citrus

Ise Kadoya Hanakin Citrus, or to give it its proper name of Ise Kadoya Hanakin Shitorasu, is a 5% fruit beer from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their Hanakin seasonal range of beers, with this one being their spring contribution. With this effort, Ise Kadoya swapped over the yeast and used yeast harvested from carnation flowers – …

Ise Kadoya Maria Ale by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Maria Ale

Ise Kadoya Maria Ale is a 6% something kind of beer from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan when on sale. Why is it a “something” kind of beer? Well after doing some research into Ise Kadoya Maria Ale, it’s been labelled …

Hakone Harumeki Pale Ale by Hakone Beer

Hakone Harumeki Pale Ale

Hakone Harumeki Pale Ale is a 5.5% English pale ale from Hakone Beer, based in Kanagawa, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal range of beers, on sale from the beginning of March until stocks sell out, and can be found in both bottles and on tap across the Kanto area. It’s also won a couple of awards at the Asia …

Baeren Rye by Baeren Beer

Baeren Rye ベアレンライ麦ビール

Baeren Rye is a 5.5% rye beer from Baeren Beer, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and can be found on sale from March onwards until stocks last. Baeren Rye uses imported German rye for the beer though we’re unsure about how much rye goes towards the malt bill. Baeren Rye Aroma and Taste Baeren Rye poured out …

Nagisa Golden Ale by Nagisa Beer

Nagisa Golden Ale ナギサゴールデンエール

Nagisa Golden Ale is a 5% golden ale from Nagisa Beer, based in Wakayama, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup, and Nagisa Golden Ale can be found in both bottles and on tap when on sale. It’s brewed with no adjuncts at all, and thus is sold as a an “100% beer”, and was supposedly the second beer made …

Gassan Munchener by Gassan Beer

Gassan Munchner

Gassan Munchener is a 5% dunkel beer from Gassan Beer, based in Yamagata, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal line up and is sold under their Gassan Special range of beers, that seem to have the same coloured special label, and no other way to tell the difference unless you look on their website. It’s brewed using roast malt …

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Hansharo Nouhei Steam by Hansharo Beer

Hansharo Nouhei Steam

Hansharo Nouhei Steam is a 5% California Common beer from Hansharo Beer, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan, and it’s name roughly translates to “Farmer Steam” with the hope of it giving energy to those in need of a cold beer. Hansharo Nouhei Steam …

Daisen G Beer White IPA by Kumezakura Shuzo 

Daisen G Beer White IPA

Daisen G Beer White IPA is a 7.5% wheat ale from Kumezakaura Shuzo, based in Tottori, Japan. Don’t adjust your set – I did say a wheat ale and we’ll come back to that later. It’s part of their spring seasonal range of beers and can be found both on tap and in bottles when on sale. So why is …