Baird Giebels Alt by Baird Brewing Company

Giebels Alt

Baird Giebels Alt is part of Baird Beer’s special series and was brewed to celebrate the opening of their new Shuzenji Brewery in June 2014. Our bottle of Baird Giebels Alt was brewed just before the new brewery was opened and comes in a nondescript label, so you have to be careful to spot this one. Baird Giebels Alt Aroma …

Tokyo Station 100 Year Lager by Hitachino Nest

okyo Station Beer Hitachino

Tokyo Station 100 Year Lager caught us by surprise on a recent trip when we stopped in at Le Collier in Tokyo station. In 2014, Tokyo station celebrated its 100th anniversary and commissioned three different beers with Kiuchi Brewery brewing this Tokyo Station 100 Year Lager. In all honesty, I thought it was a mix up as I have never ever seen …

Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde

Summer has come and gone which means we’re lumbered drinking saisons that have been left on the shelf. Like Joe, I am not a fan of saisons. Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde is a 6.5% Japanese take on the saison formula and I wasn’t looking forward to it. Should it be refreshing? Should it quench my thirst? I never seem to know. …

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Sankt Gallen Apple Cinnamon Ale by Sankt Gallen

Sankt Gallen Apple Cinnamon Ale

Sankt Gallen Apple Cinnamon Ale is a 5% fruit beer and is part of Sankt Gallen’s autumn range. The hype before this beer went on sale was such that Japanese morning TV shows were talking about it. Brewed using over 200kg of apples in the mash and fresh cinnamon, Sankt Gallen Apple Cinnamon Ale is aimed towards the female drinkers of craft …

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Fujizakura Heights Schwarz Weizen by Fujikankokaihatsu

Fujizakura Heights Schwarz Weizen

Here we go with ANOTHER beer with a ridiculously long name, Fujizakura Heights Schwarz Weizen. A cross between a black beer and a wheat beer, Fujizakura Heights Schwarz Weizen is a 5.2% dunkel weizen brewed from a cross of seven different malts to produce this hybrid beer. It is also Fujikan’s latest beer with it being released in March 2014 Fujizakura Heights …

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Espress Stout

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout is a 7% imperial stout stout beer infused with espresso, something that tickles my fancy whenever I hear those two words together. Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout has a Russian imperial stout as its base and espresso beans added during the boil. There are also four malts added as well to the beer. Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout Aroma …

Kamakura Alt by Kamakura Beer

Kamakura Alt

Kamakura Alt, sold under the name Kamakura Moon from time to time, is very much a regional beer in that it is difficult to find outside of Kamakura, let alone Kanto itself. It’s a shame as Kamakura Alt is an award-winning beer, having won the Asia’s Best Altbier Award in 2010 and the World’s Best Pale Ale. Kamakura Alt Aroma …

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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Classic Ale

Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale is not a Japanese ale; however, it is an English style 7% IPA beer brewed using English hops from a recipe that the British first brought to Japan at the turn of the 19th century. The resultant brew is then matured in cedar casks, which are leftover from the sake brewing that Kiuchi is famous …

Far Yeast Tokyo Blonde by Far Yeast Brewing

Far Yeast Tokyo Blonde

Far Yeast Tokyo Blonde is billed as a 6% premium lager inspired by Tokyo, so full of sweaty businessmen, cramped trains, and dirty drunkards spilling out onto the streets. Brewed by Far Yeast Brewing, makers of Kagua, it is brewed from two different strains of hops, and is more of a pilsner type beer than a straight up lager. Far Yeast …

Gotemba Kogen Schwarz by Gotemba Kogen

Gotemba Kogen Schwarz

Gotemba Kogen Schwarz is a 5.5% schwarzbier from the depths of Shizuoka brewed at the famous Gotemba Kogen resort, that seems to have everything from hiking to a pottery house, so why not a brewery too? Based at the bottom of Mt. Fuji, Gotemba Kogen Schwarz is made from “fresh Mt. Fuji” water, and it’s available in, wait for it: 350ml, 500ml, …