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Kyoto Bakushu Alt by Kizakura Sake Brewing Company

Kyoto Bakushu Alt

Kyoto Bakushu Alt is a 5% alt beer from Kizakura Sake Brewing Company based in Kyoto. It was the first beer from Kizakura back in 1995 and is brewed using locally sourced underground water from the Kyoto area. It is brewed to the German purity laws so only malt and hops in this beer. And besides that, there isn’t much other …

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Onuma Alt by Onuma Craft Brewery

Onuma Alt

Onuma Alt is an altbier from Onuma Craft Brewery that is top fermented beer brewed with caramel malt to produce an abv of 5%. I first drank this a couple of years ago on a beer tour of Hokkaido though I wish BeerTengoku had been around then as I visited a couple of breweries that I should have written about. …

Yokohama Alt by Yokohama Brewery

Yokohama Alt

I don’t know how I missed this one but it seems Yokohama Alt slipped through the tight reviewing regime run at BeerTengoku towers. Anyway, Yokohama Alt is finally here with a decent camera to boot too. It’s a 5.5% German, a Dusseldorf style I’ll have you know, altbier that is brewed using caramel malt and German Altstadt yeast. No news on what …

Tainai Kogen Alt by Tainai Kogen Beer

Tainai Kogen Alt 胎内高原アルト

Tainai Kogen Alt is an alt style beer not from Niigata Brewery, the parent company, but rather Tainai Kogen Beer- even though the former is emblazoned across the bottle while the latter is hidden away. Tainai Kogen Alt is brewed using dark, roasted malt in the mix to produce a 5.5% beer. Tainai Kogen Alt Aroma and Taste I first heard of Tainai …

Nihede Hard by Nanto Brewery

Nihede Hard

Nihede Hard is an altbier from Nanto Brewery based in Okinawa. The reason why Nihede Hard is deemed to be “hard” is due to the strong flavours that are associated with altbiers, rather than the gentle, soft flavours that go with pilsners and pale ales. It is a 5% unfiltered beer so a grey, yeast sediment may be found at the …

Tazawako Alt by Tazawako Beer

Tazawako Alt

Altbiers are not that popular in Japan, with our last review of an altbier being the Karuizawa Asuma Kougen Alt, but let’s not use that as a yardstick.  Tazawako Alt is an award-winning altbier from Tazawako Beer in Akita, Japan. It has won awards from Europe to Japan and around the world over, with the last count being at twelve …

Kyoto Hanamachi Alt by Kinishi Masamune Shuzo

Kyoto Hanamachi Alt

Kyoto Hanamachi Alt is an alt craft beer straight out of Kyoto: the city of temples, geishas, and lots of tourists so it would seem apt that there should be some local craft beers for the tourists to spend their money on. Kyoto Hanamachi Alt is available in both 350ml bottles and 1L jugs though we’ve only seen the smaller bottles on …

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Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt by Karuizawa Brewery

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt is another beer by Karuizawa Brewery. Just how have they produced so many different beers for such a young company? Thankfully, Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt is brewed using only hops and barley, unlike some of the other beers in their range. At the time of writing, Karuizawa Asama Kougen Alt was only available in can form only. Karuizawa …

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 …

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 …