Doppo Chocolate by Miyashita Shuzo

Doppo Chocolate

Doppo Chocolate is Miyashita Shuzo’s annual gift to craft beer drinkers in Japan – a stout fortified with cocoa powder, ready for that (lonely) Valentine’s night. It’s a bottom fermented beer brewed with seven different hops although the addition of such a large amount of coca means Doppo Chocolate is sold under the classification of a happoshu. Doppo Chocolate Aroma and Taste …

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Beer Hearn Shinjiko Moon Honey Weizen Bock by Shimane Beer Company

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Beer Hearn Shinjiko Moon Honey Weizen Bock is one of those beers that deserves respect. Weizenbocks are notorious for doing my head in, for example, on the recent trip to Craft Beer Bar iBrew, I had one too many, and this beer is no exception. Beer Hearn Shinjiko Moon Honey Weizen Bock takes a regular weizenbock and has a truck load …

Doppo Imperial Ale by Miyashita Shuzo

Doppo Imperial Ale 独歩インペリアルエール

Doppo Imperial Ale by Miyashita Shuzo is a 7.5% American strong ale from Miyashita Shuzo, based in Okayama, Japan. It contains about 1.5 times the amount of malt used in their standard pilsner and Doppo Imperial Ale is brewed with American yeast. Part of me wishes the doppo part of the name meant double so all those Latin lessons in school …

Shimane Beer IPA by Shimane Beer Company

Shimane Beer IPA

Shimane Beer IPA is a British style IPA brewed by Shimane Beer Brewery that weighs in at 7.5%. It is also one of the few beers in Japan to come with a warning on the can. Shimane Beer IPA warns potential drinkers that the aroma is “strong and smelly” and has a very bitter taste as well. How delightful of Shimane Beer …

Beer Hearn Enmusubeer Stout by Shimane Beer Company

Beer Hearn Enmusubeer Stout

Beer Hearn Enmusubeer Stout is – ah. Hm. A wild pun appears. How to translate. Japanese people- especially middle-aged men (“oyajis“)- are famously fond of wordplay. Practically every advertising slogan contains some kind of pun, and I have personally found the cringe-inducing “oyaji gyagu” (basically dad jokes) actually quite useful as mnemonic devices. Much to the chagrin of my wife. …

Daisen G Pilsner by Kumezakura Daisen Brewery

Daisen G Beer Pilsner

Daisen G Pilsner is a Czech-style pilsner from Kumezakura Daisen Brewery in Tottori, a new area for BeerTengoku to explore. Like most of the beers from Daisen G, the Daisen G Pilsner is an award-winning beer that has won gold, silver, and bronze at the International Beer Cup. Daisen G Pilsner Aroma and Taste Daisen G Pilsner has the body of …