If you made it to the Keyaki Spring Beer Festival then you would have seen Shiga Kogen / Pizza Port So Sexy Brown on sale. It’s a collaborative beer between Tamamura Honten and Pizza Port Brewing from the USA. Shiga Kogen / Pizza Port So Sexy Brown is a 6% American brown ale that first came about when the Pizza Port Brewing brewers came over to Japan and paid a visit to the Tamamura Honten brewery. It was first released in May 2015 in draft form before being released in limited edition bottles.
Shiga Kogen / Pizza Port So Sexy Brown Aroma and Taste
I picked this up at Craft Beer Izuya in Ebaramachi after walking in the rain for ages trying to find the place and I was shocked. Not because I found it, well kind of, but because the Shiga Kogen range of limited edition beers seems to be getting easier to buy now. Perhaps Tamamura Honten have taken heed of the increase in interest of craft beer in Japan and are producing more than before. I hope so, as it’s frustrating to write reviews and then get emails telling us “I went to xxxx and they had no more of that beer”.
Shiga Kogen / Pizza Port So Sexy Brown didn’t start off sexy at all, I mean, it’s a beer and I love beer but calling a beer sexy? Maybe a decent designed bottle would have helped but it poured out a deep brown colour which looked black in the denser parts. The head clung to the side of the glass throughout drinking too, though it did produce a wee bit of an oily covering on top. Where Shiga Kogen / Pizza Port So Sexy Brown was sexy was in the aroma. It had a dark, smoky aroma with a little bit of citrus coming through when I took a deep snort. There was also some sweetness emanating off of it too.
I haven’t drunk many American brown ales, I think probably two or three maximum, however, Shiga Kogen / Pizza Port So Sexy Brown tasted EXACTLY how I would imagine it to. It had the strong caramel flavours I associate with an English brown ale, but also the hoppy front that I expect from an American beer. There was also a hint of smokiness to it and in the end, Shiga Kogen / Pizza Port So Sexy Brown finished up quite dry and a little bit bitter.
Shiga Kogen / Pizza Port So Sexy Brown One Line Review
Shiga Kogen / Pizza Port So Sexy Brown is good collaborative beer and worth finding before stocks disappear.
Where to Buy Shiga Kogen / Pizza Port So Sexy Brown
Shiga Kogen / Pizza Port So Sexy Brown can be bought at the following places online:
We’ve also seen it in store at: