Daisen G Beer Barley Wine by Kumezakura Daisen Brewery

Daisen G Beer Barley Wine

Tis the season for barleywines at BeerTengoku towers as Daisen G Beer Barley Wine comes singing along as the cold winter nights draw in. This is a two-year vintage version from Kumezakura Daisen Brewery’s 2013 collection that was lurking in the cellar. It’s a 9% barleywine that is an annual release in late winter. It can be found in both bottles and …

Kure Imperial Lager by Kure Beer

Kure Imperial Lager

Kure Imperial Lager is an 8% imperial lager from Kure Beer, based in Hiroshima, and is it is a part of their seasonal line up. It can be found from the middle of November onwards and has an IBU of 95 units, verging on double IPA territory. At the time of writing, it can only be found in bottles only and …

Doppo White Chocolate by Miyashita Shuzo

Doppo White Chocolate

Doppo White Chocolate is Miyashita Shuzo’s effort for Christmas festivities and is a 5% golden ale that is on sale all year round it seems, alongside its Valentine’s cousin, Doppo Chocolate Beer. It is made with cocoa extract and orange peel in the mash to bring out the chocolate flavour though why it isn’t advertised for White Day is lost on …

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Doppo Weizen by Miyashita Shuzo

Doppo Weizen

Doppo Weizen is a German style hefeweizen from Miyashita Shuzo in Okayama. It’s a top fermented beer that is brewed using 50% more wheat than normal and has an abv of 5%. Doppo Weizen has also won a couple of domestic awards in 2008 and in 2012 at the National Liquors Conference but nothing else besides that. Doppo Weizen Aroma and …

Daisen G Beer Gold by Kumezakura Daisen Brewery

Daisen G Beer Gold

Daisen G Beer Gold is a 6% blonde ale from Kumezakura Daisen Brewery that was first brewed in 2007 and is part of their autumn line up. It is brewed using locally harvested Daisen Gold barley from the local Oyama area. Daisen G Beer Gold can be found in bottles and on tap. Daisen G Beer Gold Aroma and Taste This is …

Matsue Pale Ale by Shimane Beer Company

Matsue Pale Ale

Matsue Pale Ale is an English style pale ale from Shimane Beer Company. It has an abv of 5% and is part of the all-year range from Shimane Beer Company that can be bought either in cans, bottles, or on draught form. Matsue Pale Ale Aroma and Taste The first thing I noticed when Matsue Pale Ale quickly left the can was …

Kure Shimanowa Beer by Kure Beer

Kure Shimanowa Beer

After scouring Tokyo, well a short trip to Liquors Hasegawa, for some new beers, I came across the familiar face of Kure Shimanowa Beer by Kure Beer. It’s a 5% pale lager that appears to be a Summer seasonal according the Kure Beer website as it isn’t listed on there. It was first brewed in 2014 after a joint event between …

Shimane Apple Barley by Shimane Beer Company

Shimane Apple Barley

Shimane Apple Barley is not your usual kind of barley wine as it’s made with dried apples from the local area to produce a this 9% apple-infused barley wine. It’s an all year round beer that I’ve had on tap before at Popeye’s in Ryogoku and was happy to find it in bottled form. However, unlike most barley wines that …

Kure Ginjo Beer by Kure Beer

Kure Ginjo Beer 呉吟醸ビール

Kure Ginjo Beer is a dunkler bock style beer from from Kure Beer, based in Hiroshima, Japan. It’s a spring seasonal with an abv of 7% and is on sale from mid-February onwards. It’s unique in that it is first brewed using German yeast in the primary fermentation stages and then has ginjo sake yeast added in the secondary fermentation. …

Miyajima Caramel Blonde by Miyajima Beer

Miyajima Caramal Blonde 宮島キャラメルブロンド

Miyajima Caramel Blonde came recommended to us from a reader on Twitter who pointed out that we had forgotten to include Miyajima Beer on our Craft Beer Map of Japan (Check it out – it’s great!). Miyajima Caramel Blonde is a 4.5% golden ale that is brewed all year round and is based on a traditional recipe from Cologne, Germany. Moreover, it is …