Enoshima Summer Beer by Kumazawa Brewing

Enoshima Summer Beer

Enoshima Summer Beer is another special edition beer from Kumazawa Brewing, better known as Shonan Beer. Even though it does say summer on the label, I picked this bottle up mid-November and was still within date. Enoshima Summer Beer is apparently a hefeweizen, or an unfiltered wheat beer, that has been jacked up on hops. It can also be found around Father’s Day in …

Shonan Beer by Kumazawa Brewing

Shonan Beer by Kumazawa Brewing

Kumazawa Brewing is a small, but well known, sake producer in Chigasaki, Kanagawa, about 45 minutes south of Tokyo. Kumazawa Brewing first started making sake in 1872 although Kanagawa was a strange choice, the local Tanzawa mountain range is famous for fresh spring water. However, you probably know Kumazawa Brewing for their range of craft beer under the guise of …

Shonan Beer Schwarz by Kumazawa Brewing

Shonan Beer Schwarz

The beer of buddha, if the label is to be believed. Or a beer supplied by Buddha through his personal supply perhaps. Shonan Beer Schwarz is sponsored by the Big B himself and comes packaged with his mug on your bottle. During the winter months though, it’s a bit cold for the Big B and Father Christmas / Santa Claus adorns the …

Mokichi Craft Beer in Fujisawa

Mokichi Craft Beer

Yeast. One of the best fungi ever discovered and something that contributes to two staple pieces of our diet: beer and bread. Without yeast, beer and bread would still be possible but would probably taste lame. Mokichi Craft Beer knows this and sells bread alongside the range of Shonan Beers. In fact, it only sells Shonan Beers, as Mokichi Craft …

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 …