Hop Kotan Yoake no Beet by Hop Kotan Brewing

Hop Kotan Yoake no Beet

Hop Kotan Yoake no Beet is a 9% Imperial Stout from Hop Kotan Brewing, based in Kamifurano, in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their “Freedoms” lineup, and can be found in bottles only at the time of writing. Hop Kotan Yoake no Beet takes it name from the locally grown vegetable – the sugar beet – that is grown around …

Hop Kotan Love Parade by Hop Kotan Brewing

Hop Kotan Love Parade

Hop Kotan Love Parade is a 6.5% American IPA from Hop Kotan Brewing, based in Kamifurano, in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their “Freedom” lineup of beers, and as such, its availability at the time of writing is unknown. Hop Kotan Love Parade has been triple dry-hopped, which means it has seen three sets of dry-hopping during the post-fermentation stage, …

Hop Kotan Ecstasy DIPA by Hop Kotan Brewing

Hop Kotan Ecstasy DIPA

Hop Kotan Ecstasy DIPA is an 8% double IPA from Hop Kotan Brewing, based in Furano, in Hokkaido. It’s part of their Freedoms range, a chance for them to explore different styles and recipes, and can be found both in bottles and on tap at various places across Japan. However, in spite of the label having a QR code to …

Hop Kotan Kotan’s Secret Double IPL by Hop Kotan Brewing

Hop Kotan Kotan's Secret Double IPL・忽布古丹コタンズシークレットダブルIPL

Hop Kotan Kotan’s Secret Double IPL is an 8.3% double India pale lager from Hop Kotan Brewing, based in Kamifurano, in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their regular lineup and can be found in bars across Japan. The secret part of the beer? Noone knows what hops are used in it, as they are a Secret belonging to Vic nudge nudge, …

North Island Cinnamon Ale by North Island Beer

North Island Cinnamon Ale ノースアイランドシナモンエール

North Island Cinnamon Ale is a 6.5% spiced beer from North Island Beer, based in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal lineup, and can be found in both bottles and on tap. North Island Cinnamon Ale is brewed using imported cinnamon but instead of  East Kent Golding, Topaz hops are used in this 2018 version. North Island Cinnamon Ale …

Kotan Porter by Hop Kotan Brewing

Kotan Porter 枯淡ポーター

Kotan Porter is 4.8% brown porter from Hop Kotan Brewing, based in Sorachi, in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their draft only range, and was first released in August 2018. Not much is known about the ingredients though as there is a distinct lack of information about it. Kotan Porter Aroma and Taste Kotan Porter came up a reddish brown …

Taisetsu Kellar Piruka by Taisetsu Ji-Beer

Taisetsu Kela Piruka 大雪ケラピルカ

Taisetsu Kellar Piruka is a 5% amber ale from Taisetsu Ji-Beer, based in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, in Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beer and can be found in bottles and occasionally on tap too. It was one of the first beers brewed by Taisetsu Ji-Beer but there is a distinct lack of information about it. Taisetsu Kellar …

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Noboribetsu Oni no Hanaiki W-IPA by Onidensetsu Beer

Noboribetsu Oni no Hanaiki W-IPA 登別鬼の鼻息WIPA

Noboribetsu Oni no Hanaiki W-IPA is a 7.5% double IPA from Onidensetsu Beer, based in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their draft line up for setsubun with no plans for it to be bottled. It’s brewed using locally sourced Hokkaido wheat, with the “w” representing that as well as Joe’s favourite antagonistic point of meaning “double”. The name Noboribetsu Oni no Hanaiki roughly …

Noboribetsu Oni wa Soto IPA by Onidensetsu Beer

Noboribetsu Oni wa Soto IPA 鬼伝説鬼は外IPA

Noboribetsu Oni wa Soto IPA is an 8% double IPA from Onidensetsu Beer, based in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido. It’s part of their annual release for setsubun and can be found on draft only. The name Noboribetsu Oni wa Soto IPA translates into “the monster is outside” though at 8%, you could argue its inside the beer. Noboribetsu Oni wa Soto IPA Aroma and Taste Noboribetsu …

Furano Ohmugi by Taisetsu Ji-Beer

taisetsu furano /大雪地ビールの富良

Furano Ohmugi is a 5% barley-based pilsner made by Taisetsu Ji-Beer. I found Furano Ohmugi alongside two other of its weird-ass Arctic-themed ji-beer motherfuckers in my local Queens Isetan and had no idea where they were from, so I opened up Untappd to find out. And what should I find? A 2013 check-in from a fresh-faced, pre-BeerTengoku Rob Bright, giving …