Kyoto Brewing / Swan Lake Kokucho by Kyoto Brewing Company

Kyoto Brewing / Swan Lake Kokucho

Kyoto Brewing / Swan Lake Kokucho is a 7% baltic porter that is a collaborative effort between Kyoto Brewing Company, based in Kyoto, and Swan Lake Beer, based in Niigata. The name “kokucho” means black swan in English and came about from the two breweries sharing a booth at craft beer events. What came about was a beer that hadn’t …

Swan Lake Pub Edo Roppongi in Roppongi, Tokyo

Swan Lake Pub Edo Roppongi Front

Swan Lake Pub Edo Roppongi The Bottom Line I so wanted to like Swan Lake Pub Edo Roppongi but I left feeling cold and done over. Having visited two of their other branches in Tokyo – the Kyobashi branch and also the Tamachi branch – this one just pales in comparison. The beers are some of the most expensive in the area and the dreaded …

Swan Lake Flowery IPA by Hyouko Yashiki no Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Flowery IPA スワンレイクフラワリーIPA

Swan Lake Flowery IPA is a 6% American IPA from Hyouko Yashiki no Mori Brewery, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of a collaborative effort they did with United Arrows and uses a flower local to Agano city, in Niigata, that impart flavour, though which flower is unknown. Swan Lake Flowery IPA Aroma and Taste Swan Lake Flowery IPA poured out …

Swan Lake Miel Blanc by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Miel Blanc スワンレイクミエルブラン

Swan Lake Miel Blanc is a 5% spiced beer from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their Valentine’s range for 2018. As such, it’s unknown if it will come out again. Swan Lake Miel Blanc is brewed using locally sourced Niigata honey too. Swan Lake Miel Blanc Aroma and Taste Swan Lake Miel Blanc poured out …

Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori

Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison スワンレイクストロベリーダークセゾン

Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison is a 6% saison from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their Valentine’s efforts for 2018 and was first released in late 2017. Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison is brewed using locally sourced Niigata strawberries, saison yeast, and also roasted black malts. Swan Lake Strawberry Dark Saison Aroma and Taste Swan Lake …

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine スワンレークバレルエージバーレイワイン

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Barley Wine is an 11% barley wine from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their winter line up of beers can be found on sale usually from December onwards. It differs from their regular barley wine in that it has been aged in whiskey casks, though it’s unknown which company supplied the …

Swan Lake IPA by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake IPA

Swan Lake IPA is a 7% American IPA from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition line up of beers that can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan, and at their taprooms, though its release date is unknown as I’ve come across it at various times throughout the year. Swan Lake …

Swan Lake Tamachi in Tamachi, Tokyo 

Swan Lake Tamachi Front

Swan Lake Tamachi The Bottom Line Tamachi is in unluckily slap bang between craft beer locations but with Swan Lake Tamachi, at least there is something decent in the area – if you go during happy hour times. Swan Lake Tamachi doesn’t differ much from the Swan Lake Pub Edo in Kyobashi branch in terms of beers, atmosphere, or food so if you’ve been …

Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Amber Ale スワンレイクアンバーエール

So good that they 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 …