Nasu Kogen Beer is a Japanese craft beer brewery based in Nasu city, Tochigi. It was founded in 1996 but its origins lie in a time older than that. Nasu Kogen Beer’s president, Oyamada Takashi, was born into a family that ran a retail furniture-making business started by his grandfather. However, the company began to downsize its operations and soon after, Oyamada-san suggested the opening of a brewery. He and two others, head brewer Fujita Masafumi and Noda Ryohei, travelled around German breweries to improve their knowledge and understanding of brewing beer.
Nasu Kogen Beer Main Lineup
The following beers are part of the all-year round lineup:
- Nasu Kogen Ai – a 5% lager that is named after Princess Aiko of the Japanese royal family.
- Nasu Kogen Weizen – a 5% German hefeweizen style beer.
- Nasu Kogen Scottish Ale – a 5% Scottish ale brewed to a traditional recipe.
- Nasu Kogen Stout – a 6% stout that has won gold at three international beer competitions.
- Nasu Kogen English Ale – a 5% English pale ale style beer.
Nasu Kogen Beer Limited Edition and Seasonal Lineup
The following beers are part of their limited edition and seasonal lineup:
- Nasu Kogen Secchu Jukusei Shinzan Pilsner – a 5% Czech style pilsner that is brewed using water from Nasu Miyama.
- Nasu Kogen Ichigo Ale – a 5% fruit beer that is brewed using locally sourced strawberries and is on sale from late spring onwards.
- Nasu Kogen Ai no Hana – a 6.5% heller bock beer that is sold from spring onwards.
- Nasu Kogen Yume – a 5% lager that is brewed using locally sourced mountain water and part of their winter seasonal lineup.
- Nasu Kogen Momiji Ale – a 5% spiced / herb beer that contains momiji, maple, leaves and on sale from Autumn onwards.
- Nasu Kogen Belgian White – a 5% Belgian witbier that is on sale from summer onwards
- Nasu Kogen Nine-Tailed Fox – an 11% barleywine that is aged with versions going back to 1998 available. On sale from summer onwards.
Nasu Kogen Beer Details
Address: 〒325-001, Tochigi-ken, Nasu-gun, Nasu-machi, Ohazatakakukou 3986
Homepage (in Japanese): http://www.nasukohgenbeer.co.jp/
Online store: http://nasukohgenbeer.ocnk.net/
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