Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde

Summer has come and gone which means we’re lumbered drinking saisons that have been left on the shelf. Like Joe, I am not a fan of saisons. Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde is a 6.5% Japanese take on the saison formula and I wasn’t looking forward to it. Should it be refreshing? Should it quench my thirst? I never seem to know. …

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Karuizawa Asama Kougen Premium Clear by Karuizawa Brewery

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Premium Clear

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Premium Clear is a 5.5% German pilsner that is deemed to be a premium beer by Karuizawa Brewery and as a result, is sold at a premium price of over ¥500 a bottle. Thankfully, there is a canned version available, but BeerTengoku is yet to see it in the wild, unlike the cheaper versions of Karuizawa Asama Kougen Black …

Shiga Kogen Porter by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Porter

Another product of Tamamura Honten, Shiga Kogen Porter stealthed its way out of my fridge under cover of darkness and, with ninja-like reflexes, opened itself and emptied its contents skilfully into my glass. At least, that’s what I told my wife.   I mean, look at this thing. It’s obsidian. No light can escape it. It’s Tactical Espionage Beer. If the …

Suwa Roman Rindou Alt by Reijin Shuzo

Suwa Roman Rindou

Suwa Roman Rindou Alt is a 4% altbier produced in the Nagano region of Japan. I have to admit never having heard of this beer before someone gave it to me as a souvenir, so I was very apprehensive about drinking it. I was worried that Suwa Roman would turn out to be a dud like so many local beers that produced in …

Shiga Kogen Indian Summer Saison by Shiga Kogen

Shiga Kogen Indian Summer Saison

Saisons are one of the two beers I have generally avoided since getting into the craft beer world. Lagers, I have cast out of my sphere of beer drinkitude due to the fact that their reputation has been forever tainted by countless Big Four dishwater excretions. A more personal reason is behind the saison’s pariah status in my beer parish, …

Shiga Kogen Pale Ale by Shiga Kogen Beer

Shiga Kogen Pale Ale

I’d just flown back to the mainland from Okinawa (arms tired, ho ho) and wanted a nice, light beer to refresh myself. I went for the Shiga Kogen Pale Ale by Shiga Kogen Beer and tried to formulate some thoughts before I collapsed from exhaustion. Shiga Kogen Pale Ale Aroma and Taste This beer pours smooth with no head, which …

Shiga Kogen IPA by Shiga Kogen

Shiga Kogen IPA

Straight out of the gate I’m reminded of Aooni, the first beer I reviewed at BeerTengoku and my current “Beer of the Year By Which All Other Beers Are Judged.” Shiga Kogen IPA Aroma & Taste Shiga Kogen IPA is a slightly darker colour, however; the golden hues seem to shift under the light, though that may be because this …

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Weiss by Karuizawa Brewery

Karuizawa Weiss

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Weiss was one of the first beers to come out of Karizawa Brewery in 2013. Originally advertised as a German kristalweizen, or a clear filtered weizen beer, it is firmly in the mould of a German hefeweizen. Karuizawa Asama Kougen Weiss Aroma and Taste Karuizawa Asama Kougen Weiss is very much a hefeweizen as from the moment it is poured into …

Yo-Ho Suiyoubi no Neko by Yo-Ho Brewing

Suiyoubi no Neko 水曜日のネコ

Ah, Wednesday. Hump day. Middle of the week beers taste better than those on Monday and the knowledge that the weekend is coming means those one or two that you have will get you through to Friday, possibly that’s the idea behind Suiyoubi no Neko, a 5% Belgian style wheat beer. A lovely can entices you with a cat, which seems …

Yo-Ho Tokyo Black Porter by Yo-Ho Brewing

Yo-Ho Tokyo Black

Yo-Ho Tokyo Black Porter is a 5% porter based not on a Tokyo recipe as the name suggests, rather an American style porter instead with a hint of English porter style thrown in as well. It is an award-winning beer from Yo-Ho brewery at the world beer championships. Reasonably priced as well at ¥280 per can. Yo-Ho Tokyo Black Porter is also marketed under …