Atsugi Hachey by Atsugi Beer Company

Atsugi Hachey

Atsugi Hachey is a Belgian blonde ale that has been infused with honey sourced from the Yokohama area. The original honey for Atsugi Hachey came from near the Emperor silkworm warehouse’s office close to the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, also known as Akarenga-soko, located near Bashamichi, Yokohama. Atsugi Hachey Aroma and Taste Atsugi Hachey poured out a cloudy golden-yellow colour with plenty of …

Sankt Gallen Yokohama XPA by Sankt Gallen

sankt gallen yokohama xpa

Sankt Gallen Yokohama XPA is an IPA style beer that is sold as an extra pale ale by Sankt Gallen and is one of their strongest regular beers. Confused enough yet? It is also brewed on a recipe from 150 years ago and uses fresh Yokohama water from the source, and not the bay thankfully. Sankt Gallen Yokohama XPA has also …

Kamakura Pale Ale by Kamakura Beer

kamakura star pale ale

Finally, Kamakura Pale Ale by Kamakura Beer finds its way to BeerTengoku. Kamakura Beer isn’t that easy to find even though Kamakura Pale Ale is one of their main beers. A premium beer priced at about ¥500 a bottle, not including tax, means that it is often passed over for cheaper beer on the shelf. This beer is also sold under the name …

Sankt Gallen El Diablo by Sankt Gallen Brewery

Sankt Gallen El Diablo サンクトエルディアブロ

Sankt Gallen El Diablo  is Sankt Gallen Brewery’s annual release of their barley wine range. Since 2006, Sankt Gallen have produced this beer with the deliberate idea that people can age the bottles at home as Sankt Gallen El Diablo has a life of about five years. It is brewed with 2.5 times the regular amount of malt and six times …

Bay Brewing Yokohama Interview

Bay Brewing Yokohama Brewmaster, Shinya Suzuki.

It seems that every couple of months, a new brewery opens up in Japan riding the coat tails of the craft beer revolution. Yet Bay Brewing Yokohama was one of the first brewpubs to have come through the process with a reputation for great beer. That reputation came about because of Shinya Suzuki, the brew master of Bay Brewing Yokohama. …

Shonan Barley Wine by Kumazawa Brewing

Shonan barley wine

So, after my disappointment with Baird West Coast Wheat Wine (reviewed here), I approached Shonan Barley Wine with trepidation. It is one of Kumazawa Brewing’s regular beers, though, and I’ve tried it a few times before, most recently in a two-hour nomihodai extravaganza at Mokichi in Fujisawa. So I knew what to expect. Kind of. Who knows what the bottled version …

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Thrash Zone Yokohama in Yokohama

Thrash Zone Beers

Thrash Zone sounded like some dodgy, off-the-beaten track bar when I first heard about almost a decade ago now in 2006. It was originally on a second floor and if you scour the internet hard enough, you’ll find a picture of BeerTengoku at that bar looking worse for wear. Thrash Zone is essentially an outlet for Thrashzone Brew Labo beers with …

Kamakura Alt by Kamakura Beer

Kamakura Alt

Kamakura Alt, sold under the name Kamakura Moon from time to time, is very much a regional beer in that it is difficult to find outside of Kamakura, let alone Kanto itself. It’s a shame as Kamakura Alt is an award-winning beer, having won the Asia’s Best Altbier Award in 2010 and the World’s Best Pale Ale. Kamakura Alt Aroma …

Kamakura Beer Information

Kamakura Beer Lineup

Kamakura Beer is a microbrewery located between Zushi and Kamakura in Kanagawa, more precisely, just in front of the Nagoshi tunnel, the main tunnel between Zushi and Kanagawa. Kamakura Beer’s brewing capacity, at the time of writing, is 500L per batch. However, do not let that dissuade you as Kamakura Beer is also a multple award-winning brewery, having won awards for …

Sagami Beer Alt by Koganei Shuzo

Sagami Beer Alt

I was given this beer by a friend, Mr K, in exchange for a brew I had at home. Mr K is an outdoorsman, in tune with nature, but also able to fix any mechanical problem he might come across. It’s that diametric nature of his that makes receiving this beer from him especially appropriate. Sagami Beer Alt tastes earthy …