AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop By Anglo-Japanese Brewing Company

AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop AJB IBU ないレモンドロップ

AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop is a 5.8% NE Pale Ale from Anglo-Japanese Brewing Company, based in Nozawa Onsen, in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their IBU Nai series, where no bittering hops are used in the beer, instead, only aroma hops are used. AJB IBU Nai Lemondrop is brewed using lemondrop hops, which were first released in 2012. It is also brewed …

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Shiga Kogen Kasumi by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Kasumi 志賀高原KASUMi

Shiga Kogen Kasumi, or to give it its full name of Shiga Kogen Kasumi IPA for Sennin, is a 4.5% session IPA from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. Shiga Kogen Kasumi was first released in May 2018, though this is …

AJB IBU Nai by Anglo-Japanese Brewing Company

AJB IBU Nai AJB IBUない

AJB IBU Nai is a 5.4% American Pale Ale from Anglo Japanese Brewing Company, based in Nozawa Onsen, in Nagano, Japan. The name “IBU Nai” comes from the fact that no bittering hops were used in the making of the beer. At the time of writing, it’s unknown whether AJB IBU Nai is a one-off or will be sold again in …

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Fujizakura Okite Yaburi by Fujizakura Heights Beer

Fujizakura Okite Yaburi 富士桜おきてやぶり

Fujizakura Okite Yaburi is a 5.5% India Pale Weizen that is a collaboration between Fujizakura Heights Beer, based in Yamanashi, and Shiga Kogen, based in Nagano. It was brewed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fujizakura Heights Beer in July. As such, it’s a limited edition beer with no plans for any more releases. In a turn up for the …

Oh! La! Ho Raiden Kannuki IPA by Oh! La! Ho Beer

Oh! La! Ho Raiden Kannuki IPA オラホー雷電閂IPA

Oh! La! Ho Raiden Kannuki IPA is a 6% American IPA from Oh! La! Ho Beer, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited Raiden range of beers with this one being dedicated to the greatest non-Yokozuna, or in fact the best ever sumo wrestler, Raiden Tameemon! It came on sale in April but it’s unknown whether it’s a one-off or …

Shiga Kogen Snow Monkey IPA (2018) by Tamamura Honten

Snow Monkey IPA (2018) スノーモンキーIPA

This year’s edition of the Shiga Kogen Snow Monkey IPA is a 5.5% NE IPA – who’d have thought it – from Tamamura Honten. They bring out a different version each year so it seems they buckled to the common call. It’s brewed using oats and spelt though what hops are used in this iteration are unknown. Shiga Kogen Snow Monkey …

Shiga Kogen Blue Bird Day Saison by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Blue Bird Day Saison 志賀高原ブルーバードディセゾン

Shiga Kogen Blue Bird Day Saison is a 5.5% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range, and was first released in February 2018. The name comes from those skiiing ahem snowboarding days where the snow is fluffy and white, while the sky is a clear blue colour with not a cloud in …

Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro 志賀高原たかしいちろ

Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro is an 11.5% imperial stout from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their (very) limited edition series of Ichiro’s series, that follows similar lines to the Minoh Ichiro’s range. This is where they take a regular beer, in this case the Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout, and age it for eighteen months in Ichiro’s …

Shinshu Roman Wheat Ale By Reijin Shuzo 

Shinshu Roman Wheat Ale 信州浪漫ビール ウィートエール

Shinshu Roman Wheat Ale is a 5% wheat ale from Reijin Shuzo, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and can be found in both cans and on tap across the Nagano region, but only in cans further afield. Not much is known about Shinshu Roman Wheat Ale besides it using a blend of waters from the …

Karuizawa Craft Saurus Pale Ale by Yo-Ho Brewing

Karuizawa Craft Saurus 軽井沢クラフトザウルス

Karuizawa Craft Saurus Pale Ale is a 5.5% American pale ale from Yo-Ho Brewing, based in Saku, in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their Karuizawa range of beers, which means it’s only available in the Karuizawa area. Karuizawa Craft Saurus Pale Ale came out in 2017 and was the first addition to the Karuizawa range in 20 years. Karuizawa Craft Saurus …