Tamamura Honten Information

Shiga Kogen Beer Lineup

Tamamura Honten started brewing Shiga Kogen Beer, like several other breweries such as Kiuchi Brewery, as an offshoot from a sake brewery. In 2004, Tamamura Honten applied for a license and started brewing in September of the same year. Unlike other breweries however, Shiga Kogen Beer receives 20% of its hops from the local area, produced by Tamamura Honten. Tamamura Honten’s Main Lineup Shiga …

Baird Beer: Interviews with Bryan Baird and Chris Poel

Baird Beer Shuzneji

After the tour of the brand-spanking-new Shuzenji brewery, BeerTengoku headed back up to the taproom for a chinwag with Baird Beer’s head brewer, Chris Poel. We got ourselves a beer (took a while to decide – did you see all those taps!?), and sat in the outdoor deck area. The drizzle was unabating, but the view was impressive, surrounded by …


Baird Beer Brewery Tour in Shuzenji

Baird Beer Shuzneji

On Tuesday 12th August, BeerTengoku bravely faced the elements of a potential typhoon and thunderstorms to go down to the new brewery by Baird Beer in Shuzenji, Shizuoka. A mere three hour trip door to door, and a slight “diversion”, BeerTengoku finally made it after a gruelling 50 minute hike, getting lost thanks to the lack of updates to Google Maps. …

Karuizawa Brewery Information

Karuizawa Brewery Logo

Karuizawa Brewery is one of the newest breweries in the Japanese craft beer market, starting out in June 2013 under Dover Ltd, their parent company. Dover Ltd brought in brewing specialists to design the new brewery, located in the foothills of Mount Asama in Karuizawa, Nagano. They also brought in three beer specialists, and four of their own brew makers, to help set …

Yo-Ho Brewing Company Information

Yo-Ho Brewing

Yo-ho Brewing Company was founded in 1996, soon after the abolition of the beer brewing laws, and was one of the first microbreweries to be recognized nationwide. In 2010, the Japanese Beer Association awarded Yo-Ho Brewing “Brewery of the Year” award. Unlike other microbreweries in Japan, all of their beers come either in cans, or by the barrel. In 2014, …