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 …

Zumona Alt by Tono Zumona Beer

Zumona Alt ずもなアルト

Zumona Alt is a 5% altbier from Tono Zumona Beer, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found on both tap and on draft in some places. Zumona Alt Aroma and Taste Zumona Alt poured out a copper red colour with a head that had a reddish tinge to it. The …

Yakurai Tohoku Damashi by Yakurai Beer

Yakurai Tohoku Damashi やくらい東北魂ビール

Yakurai Tohoku Damashi is a 5.5% American IPA from Yakurai Beer, based in Miyagi, Japan. It’s part of an 8 brewery event where breweries in the Tohoku area all brewed beers to remember the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that affected so many. At the time of writing Yakurai Tohoku Damashi can be found on tap only with no plans for it be …

Baeren Milk Chocolate Stout by Baeren

Baeren Milk Chocolate Stout ベアレンミルクチョコレートスタウト

Baeren Milk Chocolate Stout is a 5.5% sweet stout from Baeren, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their 2018 Valentine’s range of beers and it’s unknown whether it will make future appearances. Baeren Milk Chocolate Stout Aroma and Taste Baeren Milk Chocolate Stout poured out a pitch black colour with an ever-so-slight off white head on top that faded …

Aqula Schokoladen Bier by Aqula Beer

Aqula Schokoladen Bier

Aqula Schokoladen Bier is a 7.5% doppelbock from Aqula Beer, based in Akita, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range of winter beers, though due to aging, it can be found on sale throughout the year – case in point, this bottle was bought at Liquors Hasegawa in July, not the coldest of months. Aqula Schokoladen Bier is brewed using …

Baeren Pumpkin Wheat by Baeren Beer

Baeren Pumpkin Wheat ベアレンパンプキンウィート

Baeren Pumpkin Wheat is a 5% spiced beer from Baeren, based in Morioka, Japan. It’s part of their annual autumnal release, with them producing a different pumpkin beer each year. Baeren Pumpkin Wheat with 3 Spices, to give it its proper name, is brewed using coriander, orange peel, and allspice, while the pumpkins, known as kabocha in Japanese, are locally sourced. …

Naruko no Kaze Kougen Lager by Naruko no Kaze

Naruko no Kaze Lager

Naruko no Kaze Kougen Lager is a 5% pale lager from Naruko no Kaze, based in Miyagi, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range and while it can be found in bottles and also on tap across Japan though the latter may be harder than the former. Even though it’s brewed with malt, Naruko no Kaze Kougen Lager is listed as …

Iwate Kura Pumpkin Ale by Iwate Kura

Iwate Kura Pumpkin Ale

Iwate Kura Pumpkin Ale is a 5% spiced beer from Iwate Kura, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their Autumn seasonal lineup, and can be found in both bottles and on tap when on sale. Iwate Kura Pumpkin Ale was originally made using imported American pumpkins; however, since 2016, Iwate Kura have been using kabocha, which is often translated into …

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Baeren Fest Bier by Baeren Beer

Baeren Fest Bier

Baeren Fest Bier is a 5.5% märzen from Baeren Beer, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their autumn lineup that coincides with the Oktoberfests that seem to occur not just in Germany, but all over the world, but who are we to piss on a party? Baeren Fest Bier has been released every year since 2004, if not before, but no …

Tazawako Beer Akita Bakushu Megumi by Tazawako Beer

Tazawako Beer Akita Bakushu Megumi

Tazawako Beer Akita Bakushu Megumi is a 4.5% golden ale from Tazawako Beer, based in Akita, Japan. It’s part of their autumn seasonal lineup and can be found in bottles and on tap across Japan when on sale. Tazawako Beer Akita Bakushu Megumi was co-developed with Akita Prefectural University and is the first beer to be brewed using only ingredients from Akita. …