Ushitora Okaeri Pils by Ushitora Brewing

Bakushuan Ebisu Ushitora Kaeripils

Ushitora Okaeri Pils is a 5.5% pilsner brewed by Ushitora Brewing, based in Tochigi. It’s #119 in the ever expanding list of Uetake-san’s beers – surely someone must have a personal favourite there by now?! Like pretty much the rest of the Ushitora Brewing range, trying to find any information about their beer is next to impossible, and like the rest …

Aomori Pilsner by Aomori Ji-Beer

Aomori Pilsner by Aomori Ji-Beer

Aomori Pilsner is a 5% pilsner from Aomori Ji-Beer, based in Aomori, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round lineup of craft beer and like the rest of the Aomori Ji-Beer range, is made it is brewed using locally sourced water from Mt. Osore and was also the first microbrew from a temple in Japan. It undergoes secondary fermentation in …

Takikawa Sorachi Pilsner by Takikawa Craft Beer Kobo

Takikawa Sorachi Pilsner

Takikawa Sorachi Pilsner is a 5% pilsner style beer from Takikawa Craft Beer Kobo, based in Takikawa, Hokkaido. It’s part of their all-year round range of draft beer, though at the time of writing, there are no plans for it be released in bottles. It’s brewed using 100% malt, so it’s classified as a beer in Japan, and is hopped …

Kokage Pilsner by Cocono Hops

Kokage Pilsner こかげピルスナー

Kokage Pilsner is a 5% pilsner from Cocono Hops but is contract brewed at Echigo Beer Company for them. It’s brewed using 100% malt, thus without any adjuncts and as such, is styled as a beer rather than a happoshu. At the time of writing, it can be found in bottles though I suspect it may also be on tap …

Nasu Kogen Ai by Nasu Kougen Beer

Nasu Kogen Ai

Nasu Kogen Ai is a 5% pilsner lager from Nasu Kohgen Beer, based in Tochigi prefecture. It’s brewed using locally sourced water from the melted snow on top of the mountains, and is one of the few beers in Japan to receive the royal warrant. It can be found in both bottles and on tap throughout the year. Nasu Kogen …

Aomori Jifubuki Beer By Aomori Ji-Beer

Aomori Jifubuki Beer is a 5% pilsner from Aomori Ji-Beer, based in Aomori. It’s part of their all-year round range of craft beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap. The name Aomori Jifubuki Beer translates as drifting snow beer. The man on the front is Osamu Dazai who was a Japanese author who is considered one of the foremost fiction writers …

Umenishiki Pilsner by Umenishiki Yamakawa

Umenishiki Pilsner 梅錦ピルスナー

Umenishiki Pilsner is 5.5% pilsner from Umenishiki Yamakawa, based in Ehime prefecture. It is part of their all-year round range though at the time of writing, it is unknown whether Umenishiki Pilsner is based on a Czech or German recipe as even the Umenishiki homepage doesn’t list any information about it. It is also an award winning beer, having won either silver or …

Hitachino Nest Lager by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Lager

This review for Hitachino Nest Lager has been a long time coming- I first tried it during the interview at Kiuchi Brewery in 2014 – seems such a long time ago. Back then, I was told to keep it under wraps as they wanted to surprise people before putting it into bottles. Hitachino Nest Lager is a pilsner style beer, available …

Hidatakayama Pilsner by Hida Takayama Beer

Hidatakayama Pilsner

Hidatakayama Pilsner is a 5% pilsner from Hida Takayama Beer, based in Gifu-ken. It’s brewed with 100% (thank goodness) and locally sourced water from the mountains. Besides that, there isn’t much information about this beer in English or in Japanese. It can be found in bottles, cans, and also on draft form as well. Hidatakayama Pilsner Aroma and Taste Hidatakayama …

Kai Draft Beer Pilsner by Kai Draft Beer

Kai Draft Beer Pilsner

Kai Draft Beer Pilsner is a 5% Czech style pilsner from Kai Draft Beer from Yamanashi. Kai Draft Beer use fresh water from the local hills in the area that just happens to be soft water – perfect for pilsner style beers. Kai Draft Beer Pilsner can be bought in either one-litre or 500ml bottles from the brewery or at other …