Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Hops & Brett by Tamamura Honten 

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Hops & Brett

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Hops & Brett is a 6% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their bottle Yamabushi range of beer and was first released in Summer 2016. Why has it taken so long for us to review it? Well, I didn’t get my bottle until December 2016, having let it age for a bit. …

Shiga Kogen IBrA by Tamamura Honten 

Shiga Kogen IBrA

Shiga Kogen IBrA is a 6% India Brown Ale (I know – new for us too!) from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range, and can be found in both bottles and on tap and it was first released in November 2016. It was brewed as part of an inspiration – if that can be …

Shiga Kogen 1t IPA by Tamamura Honten 

Shiga Kogen 1t IPA

Shiga Kogen 1t IPA is a 9.5% Double / Imperial IPA from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range, and was first released in 2016. It was realised in such a brief amount of time, that all known stocks have sold out and it can be found on tap, though some bottles may still …

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Brett by Tamamura Honten 

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Brett

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Brett is a 6% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano. It’s part of their Yamabushi range of beers that involving taking a saison base and infusing it with different adjuncts, in this case Brettanomyces, hence the Brett part of the name. Brettanomyces are a kind of yeast used in the process of fermentation, and brewers may also add …

Shiga Kogen Shoubu Miyama Blonde by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Shoubu Miyama Blonde

Shiga Kogen Shoubu Miyama Blonde is a 6.5% spiced / herb seasonal special from Tamamura Honten that contains the roots of sweet flags. That’s not a typo. I hadn’t heard of the root either and I’ve lived in Japan for over a decade. It seems that the closest word to it in English would be a beewort or a bitter pepper root. It …

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Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde

Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde is a 5% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition line up and was first released in May 2016. As the name suggests, it’s the “baby” version of the Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde. Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde is brewed using using Nishikimiyama rice and with additions of Shinshu hops and …

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge by Tamamura Honten

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge is a 6% fruit beer from Tamamura Honten, makers of the Shiga Kogen range of beers, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s a limited edition beer and available from mid-April on an annual basis. Like the other beers in the Yamabushi range, it’s based on a saison, though this one has had blueberries and raspberries infused …

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison One by Tamamura Honten

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison One

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison One is a 6.5% saison from Tamamura Honten, makers of the Shiga Kogen range of beers. It is brewed using locally-sourced hops and also sake rice. It is then bottled, without it being filtered, into 750ml wine bottles, a rarity in Japan. Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison One is available all-year round though we’re yet to see …

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 …

Shiga Kogen Saison Blanc by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Saison Blanc

Shiga Kogen Saison Blanc is a 5.5% saison from Tamamura Honten that is part of their limited edition craft beer lineup after making its debut at the 2015 Harvest Festival in Nagano. It’s brewed using two kinds of New Zealand hops and two different yeasts in the fermentation stage. At the time of writing, it’s unknown what the two strains of …