Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout by Baird Beer

Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout

Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout is a Russian stout dry-hopped with two different hops; American Centenniel & Amarillo, that produces a beer that is a true heavyweight among the Baird Beers at 9.5%. Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout is also one of Baird Beer’s seasonal offerings and is available from December and can be found in the pub or in bottled form. …

Suwa Roman Kolsch by Reijin Shuzo

Suwa Roman Kolsch

Another temple beer from Reijin Shuzo and this time it’s a kölsch. Like the Reijin Shuzo Rindou Alt beer, this is another one that is new to us here at BeerTengoku. The Suwa Roman Kolsch is brewed using natural mountain spring water and fresh mountain air in Nagano. Suwa Roman Kolsch Aroma and Taste Suwa Roman Kolsch has a cloudy golden-brown …

Gotemba Kogen Koshihikari by Gotemba Kogen Beer

Gotemba Kogen Koshihikari

Gotemba Kogen Koshihikari is, for those who don’t know, a beer made from the best Japanese rice available, the Koshihikari strain. Recently, there has been an interest in using rice to make beer among craft beer manufacturers, such as Echigo Beer and Hitachino Nest Red Rice, and this Gotemba Kogen Koshihikari is no exception. What’s even harder is trying to find any …

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Mitsuboshi Beer Vienna by Morita Kinshachi Brewery

Mitsuboshi Beer Vienna

Mitsuboshi Beer Vienna is another beer from the three star brand by Morita Kinshachi Brewery. It is an amber beer crossed with a Vienna style beer from the 19th century. Mitsuboshi Beer Vienna is a 6% beer, so a little on the strong side compared to their other beers. Mitsuboshi Beer Vienna Aroma and Taste Mitsuboshi Beer Vienna had a light golden-amber colour …

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Baird West Coast Wheat Wine by Baird Beer

Baird West Coast Wheat Wine

Wheat wine is based on the British barley wine recipe and was created on the West Coast of the US in the 1980s. Baird West Coast Wheat Wine is a seasonal beer released on November 1, 2014. Baird West Coast Wheat Wine Aroma and Taste Baird West Coast Wheat Wine pours with no head and barely a nose, with just the …

Kinshachi Platinum Ale by Morita Kinshachi Brewery

Kinshachi Platinum Ale

Platinum. More expensive than gold. Rarer than gold. Bright and shiny. Therefore Kinshachi Platinum Ale must be worth its weight as a premium craft beer. Kinshachi Platinum Ale is another award-winning beer from Morita Kinshachi Brewery having won awards at the Japan Asia Beer Cup in 2010 and 2012, and also the International Beer Competition in 2011. If Morita keeps winning …

Yo-Ho Boku Beer Kimi Beer by Yo-Ho Brewing

Boku Beer, Kimi Beer

Yo-Ho Boku Beer Kimi Beer (For You & Me) is a collaboration between Yo-Ho Brewing and Lawson’s convenience store chain. The sharp-eyed reader of BeerTengoku would have noticed this beer at the BeerFes Yokohama event back in September.Yo-Ho Boku Beer Kimi Beer  is a saison style beer that comes in at 5%, much lower than the current import fad of …

Karuizawa Asama Kogen Kolsch by Karuizawa Brewery

Karuizawa Beer Kolsch

So another one from Karuizawa Brewery, with the Karuizawa Asama Kogen Kolsch as part of the premium ale range. Available in can form only, Karuizawa Asama Kogen Kolsch is priced at a premium price, like their other. Thankfully, it follows the German purity laws, unlike the others, and is made from hops and barley for this Kolsch aka Kölsch. Karuizawa Asama Kogen …

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Oh! La! Ho Captain Crow Extra Pale Ale by Oh! La! Ho Beer

Oh! La! Ho Captain Crow Extra Pale Ale

Oh! La! Ho Captain Crow Extra Pale Ale is supposed to be an extra pale ale, but it comes across more of an American pale ale, more about that later. It was a lucky find as I’ve never seen this beer before outside of Nagano, well to be more specific, outside of the Oh! La! Ho Beer brewery. I snapped it …

Oh! La! Ho Bossa Nova IPA by Oh! La! Ho Beer

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Karuizawa Summer Ale, more commonly known as Oh! La! Ho Bossa Nova IPA, is a 6% American IPA produced by Oh! La! Ho beer and is part of their summer lineup. In 10 years of living in Japan, I found it for the first time after a visit to Le Collier. Bossa Nova IPA, as that is what I am calling …