Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale

So good that the used the word “swan” twice, Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale is a amber ale from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery that is part of their year-round range of beers. It’s has an abv of 5% and is readily available in bottle or on draught form. Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale is a multiple award-winning beer, over twenty in total, having won …

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 …

Swan Lake Porter by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Porter

Swan Lake Porter is, wait for it, a multiple award-winning 5.5% porter from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery in Niigata, most importantly winning two golds at the World Beer Cup in 2000 and in 2006, the main competition as far as I’m concerned. Swan Lake Porter has also undergone various design changes with the label below being the most recent, at …

Swan Lake Big Daddy Imperial Red Ale by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Big Daddy Imperial Red Ale

Swan Lake Big Daddy Imperial Red Ale is an 8% imperial red ale winter seasonal from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery, also known as Swan Lake Beer, that is their contribution to the Masaji Beer Project. Unlike the rest of the range of the beers, it is a draft only release with no plans to release it in bottles. The reason behind …

Swan Lake White Swan Weizen by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake White Swan Weizen

Swan Lake White Swan Weizen, besides having a weird name, is a 5% German hefeweizen style beer from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery in Niigata, Japan. Unlike the majority of the Swan Lake Beer range, Swan Lake White Swan Weizen is neither listed as award-winning on the brewery homepage nor is there much information about it either. I’ve seen it on tap …

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Swan Lake Koshihikari Lager by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Koshihikari Lager

Rice lagers are already popular in the American and Japanese beer market and with Swan Lake Koshihikari Lager it’s not hard to see why. It’s a 5% pale lager made with koshihikari rice, one of the most well-known and most highly rated strains of rice grown in Japan. Swan Lake Koshihikari Lager uses locally sourced rice from Niigata which is also considered …

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Swan Lake Pub Edo in Kyobashi, Tokyo

Swan Lake Pub Edo Front

Nested amongst the high righ buildings that surround the Yaesu exit of Tokyo station is Swan Lake Pub Edo, Swan Lake Beer’s own taproom, supplying the business workers with decent beer that perhaps don’t know the difference between a Asahi and a Kirin. Opened in 2012, Swan Lake Pub Edo was opened to celebrate Swan Lake Beer’s 15th anniversary and has proven to be …

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Swan Lake #B-IPA by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Belgian-IPA

The Swan Lake B-IPA series continues with this Swan Lake #B-IPA, aka Swan Lake Belgian-IPA, addition to contrast against the Swan Lake Black IPA. It is a spring seasonal special that has an abv of 6%. I first tried this on recent trip to Swan Lake Edo near Yaesu exit of Tokyo station though it was a mere dribble as it had just run out. Swan …

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Imperial Stout was originally released in September 2014 by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery. Only 600L of this was made and put on sale due to the limited amount of whisky barrels available. At the time of writing, it is unknown whether Swan Lake Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is a one-off beer or if it will be on …

Swan Lake Beer Information

Swan Lake Logo

Swan Lake Beer is located in Sasaoka, Niigata about 45 minutes from the Japan sea and they have been brewing beers 1997. Swan Lake Beer also has two taprooms located in Tokyo; one near Tokyo station and one near Shibuya that both sell the majority of their beers. Swan Lake Beer can boast a proud heritage as they have won over 90 awards for …