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 …

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 …

Sankt Gallen Annin Chocolate Stout by Sankt Gallen

Sankt Gallen Annin Chocolate Stout サンクトガーレン杏仁チョコレートスタウト

Sankt Gallen Annin Chocolate Stout is a 6.5% spiced beer from Sankt Gallen, based in Kanagawa, Japan. It’s part of their 2018 Valentine’s effort and is brewed using 100kgs of fresh apricot kernels, known as “annin” in Japanese. Sometimes annin is also translated into English as “almond”. This beer is designed around annin dofu, a Chinese dessert made with annin and …

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Iwate Kura Chocolate Stout by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Chocolate Stout いわて蔵ショコラスタウト

Iwate Kura Chocolate Stout is a 5% stout from Sekinoichi Shuzo, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal lineup though it is firmly advertised as a beer for Valentine’s Day and as such, it can be found on sale from January onwards, until stocks run out. Unlike other chocolate stouts that may use flavouring or chocolate bars, Iwate …

Sankt Gallen Sesame Chocolate Stout by Sankt Gallen Brewery

Sankt Gallen Sesame Chocolate Stout

Sankt Gallen Sesame Chocolate Stout is a 6.5% spiced stout from Sankt Gallen Brewery, based in Kanagawa, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range for Valentine’s day – a day in Japan where women tend to give men presents – and apparently it takes 10,000 black sesame seeds to make 1 bottle of Sankt Gallen Sesame Chocolate Stout, where one …

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Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter 伊勢角屋カルダモンポーター

Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter is an 8% spiced porter from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal range of beers and was first released in 2016, as a push towards the Valentine’s market. Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter is brewed with orange peel, cacao powder, and also cardamom, which happens to be the world’s third most expensive spice, …

Shimane Chocolate No. 7 by Shimane Beer Company

Matsue Choco No 7 松江ビアへるん・ショコラNo.7

Shimane Chocolate No. 7 is an 8% stout from Shimane Beer Company, from Shimane and it’s a part of their winter lineup of craft beer. It is usually released a few weeks in advance of Valentine’s Day, with the traditional viewpoint that women are going to buy this for a special person in their life. Shimane Chocolate No. 7 is brewed …

Hakone Chocotto Ichigo by Hakone Beer

Hakone Chocotto Ichigo

Hakone Chocotto Ichigo is a 6% fruit beer from Hakone Beer and this was a present from Joe for a late Valentine’s Day or maybe an early White Day. This is produced in such a limited amount that Hakone Chocotto Ichigo is only sold at the store in Hakone. It is usually on sale from mid-January and has a shelf life …

Kamakura Beer My Funny Valentine by Kamakura Beer

Kamakura Beer My Funny Valentine

Kamakura Beer My Funny Valentine is a belated Valentines brew from Kamakura Beer that is a 5.5% dunkel style beer. We were out wandering around Yokohama when we came across it, and World Gourmet had just received a large batch as of writing. Kamakura Beer My Funny Valentine is brewed annually and usually goes on sale from mid January. Kamakura Beer …