J-Craft Beers

J Craft Beer Lineup

I’ve been scouring the Deep Beer Web for an hour now and I can’t find anything substantial about these J-Craft beers. The site they’re attached to, tanoshiiosake.jp, brands itself as a gourmet web magazine and is apparently run by Mitsubishi Foods, which explains why they’ve managed to get a bunch of celebrities to gurn over their website, and also how …


Ginga Kogen American Pale Ale by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen American Pale Ale

Ginga Kogen American Pale Ale is a 5.5% American pale ale from Ginga Kogen Beer, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their seasonal range though which season that is is unknown as the Seiyu supermarket in Japan have an exclusive deal with Ginga Kogen Beer to sell it in cans. Ginga Kogen American Pale Ale is brewed using exclusively American …

Ginga Kogen Soyokaze Kolsch by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen Kolsch

Ginga Kogen Soyokaze Kolsch is a 5% kölsch style beer from Ginga Kogen Beer, based in Iwate. It was once part of their summer range a few years back and reemerged in the June 2016, in both canned and draft form. It’s brewed to a traditional Cologne style recipe though besides that, not much else is know about this beer. Ginga Kogen …


Ginga Kogen Weizen Bock by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen Weizen Bock

Ginga Kogen Weizen Bock is a winter seasonal 6% weizenbock from Ginga Kogen Beer that is part of their seasonal lineup of beers. It is usually on sale from the first week in December and is available in canned form only outside of the brewery it seems. Ginga Kogen Weizen Bock is also unfiltered so be careful when you do pour …

Ginga Kogen Beer Information

Ginga Kogen Beer Logo

Ginga Kogen Beer first opened in 1996 as a project to economically develop Sawauchi village in Iwate. The reason for choosing Sawauchi is due to the climate being similar to Berlin, Germany – a city that has strong connections to Japanese brewing throughout history. Before opening Ginga Kogen Beer, the brewers visited the beer breweries in Europe and the United States. …

Ginga Kogen Extra Pale Ale by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen Extra Pale Ale

Ginga Kogen Beer haven’t had much luck recently (at the time of writing) with a recall of some bad beers back in July/August but with Ginga Kogen Extra Pale Ale, here’s hoping it’s a decent batch. Ginga Kogen Extra Pale Ale is 5.5% American pale ale brewed with 100% Citra hops that is an autumn seasonal on sale from early September. At the …

Ginga Kogen Shiro Beer by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen Shiro Beer

Ginga Kogen Shiro Beer, or Ginga Kogen Precious White Beer, is the lesser-spotted sibling in Ginga Kogen Beer’s range . It’s so hard to find that I’ve only ever seen it once in a store about three or four years ago. What it is though is a 4.5% seasonal Belgian witbier that comes out annually around the beginning of spring, usually around the …

Ginga Kogen Pilsner by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen Pilsner

Ginga Kogen Pilsner is supposedly produced by Ginga Kogen Beer; however, there is nothing on their website about it and not much out there. Perhaps it’s an end-of-line beer that they’re getting rid of but Ginga Kogen Pilsner is out there, if you can find it. It’s brewed using a Czech recipe. Ginga Kogen Pilsner Aroma and Taste Ginga Kogen Pilsner is …

Ginga Kogen Weizen by Ginga Kogen

Ginga Kogen Weizen

I came across Ginga Kogen Weizen when I was stumbling around Yokohama and came across an alcohol store in Sogo department store. Ginga Kogen Weizen is a 5% hefeweizen that is neither pasteurized nor sterilised during the manufacturing process. Besides that, there isn’t much information about this beer either on the Ginga Kogen website nor elsewhere. Ginga Kogen Weizen Aroma …


Ginga Kogen Pale Ale by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen Pale Ale 銀河高原ペールエール

Ginga Kogen Pale Ale is an English pale ale and advertised as a premium beer by Ginga Kogen. One of Ginga Kogen’s main beers, it is becoming increasingly common to see this in stores, and this was bought in my local regional supermarket for about ¥240. Ginga Kogen Pale Ale Aroma and Taste The first thing I noticed when Ginga …