Minoh Bosuzaru IPA by Minoh Beer

Minoh Bosuzaru IPA

Minoh Bosuzaru IPA is a 6% black IPA, sometimes called a Cascadian IPA, from Minoh Beer, based in Osaka, Japan. It’s part of their seasonal lineup of the three monkey beers with Minoh Kozaru IPA and Minoh Osaru IPA, and can be found in both bottles and on tap. The Bosuzaru refers to the term of the alpha male, or the …

Hi no Tani Ninja by Hi No Tani Kogen Beer

Hi no Tani Ninja

Hi no Tani Ninja is a 5% dunkel beer from Hi No Tani Kogen Beer, based in Mie prefecture. It is part of their all year round range of beers and is brewed using ancient brewer’s rice and also black rice from Iga. The Ninja part of the name stems from the blackness of the rice used in brewing and as such, …

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Nagahama WZN Special by Nagahama Roman Beer

Nagahama WZN Special

Nagahama WZN Special is a 5% German hefeweizen from Nagahama Roman Beer, based in Nagahama, Shiga prefecture. It’s part of their all-year round line up of beer and was first on sale in June 2016, following on from their Nagahama IPA Special. Nagahama WZN Special is brewed using imported German wheat and malt and is brewed to a Southern Germany style …

Hi No Tani Irish Red Ale by Hi No Tani Kogen Beer

Hi no Tani Irish Red 火の谷アイリッシュレッド

Hi No Tani Irish Red Ale is a 5% Irish ale from Hi No Tani Kogen Beer, based in Mie prefecture. It is part of their all-year round range and it is brewed using Maris Otter malt and only uses Amarillo hops for both bittering, flavouring, and aroma though it only has an IBU of 16 units. It can be found in …

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Nagahama IPA Special by Nagahama Roman Beer

Nagahama IPA Special 長浜IPAスペシャル

Nagahama IPA Special is a 5.5% American IPA from Nagahama Roman Beer based in Shiga prefecture. It’s brewed using Citra hops, with Nagahama Roman Beer stating that they use “ten times the amount of hops” they use in their pilsner. At the time of writing, Nagahama IPA Special can be found in both bottles and cans though we’re yet to see it …

Bakumatsu no Beer Koumin Bakushu by Konishi Brewing

Bakumatsu no Beer Koumin Bakushu

Bakumatsu no Beer Koumin Bakushu is a 4.5% Ye Olde Beere Drynnk (Seriously, don’t know what type of beer this is. Saison maybe?) by Konishi Brewing. Bakumatsu no Beer Koumin Bakushu is named for Koumin Kawamoto, a 19th century scholar of Dutch studies (the first year of which, I presume, involves memorising the words “cheese”, “windmill” and “flat”), who first tried beer aboard Commodore …

Ise Kadoya Scotch Ale by Ise Kadoya Brewery

Ise Kadoya Scotch Ale

Ise Kadoya Scotch Ale is Ise Kadoya Brewery’s take on the famous style of beer was once revered by Michael Jackson. No, not the singer, but the English beer journalist and the host of the tv show The Beer Hunter, essential viewing for any fan of beer. Ise Kadoya Scotch Ale uses Scottish yeast as the strain can handle beers with a …

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Kyoto Bakushu Kura no Kaori by Kizakura Sake Brewing Company

Kyoto Bakushu Kura no Kaori

Kyoto Bakushu Kura no Kaori is a 4% pale lager from Kizakura Sake Brewing Company based in Kyoto, Kansai. This beer was one of the first beers from them back in 1995 and is part of their all-year round range of beers. Like Kyoto Bakushu Alt, Kyoto Bakushu Kura no Kaori is brewed using locally sourced underground water; however, they have used Seishi …

Kyoto Brewing Double Dragon by Kyoto Brewing Company

Beer Cafe Camiya Kyoto Brewing Double Dragon

Kyoto Brewing Double Dragon, or Sosetsuryu, is a 5.5% stout from Kyoto Brewing Company and is a collaboration beer with Tiny Rebel, from Wales. It is the fourth in the nakama, or friendship, series that that have been running and also the 21st beer different beer that they have made. If you hadn’t guessed, the name is an homage to the video …

Rokko Porter by Rokko Craft Brewery

Rokko Porter

Rokko Porter is a 5% porter beer from Rokko Craft Brewery that is based on the traditional London style porters found from the 18th and 19th century. It is an award-winning beer having won gold at the 2012 Japan Asia Beer Cup. Rokko Porter can be found in both bottled form and on tap at the Rokko Craft Brewery restaurants in the Kobe …