Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter 伊勢角屋カルダモンポーター

Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter is an 8% spiced porter from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal range of beers and was first released in 2016, as a push towards the Valentine’s market. Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter is brewed with orange peel, cacao powder, and also cardamom, which happens to be the world’s third most expensive spice, …

Yorocco Cherry Maple Porter by Yorocco Beer

Yorocco Cherry Maple Porter

Yorocco Cherry Maple Porter is a 5% porter from Yorocco Beer based in Kanagawa, Japan. Yorocco Cherry Maple Porter is part of their seasonal line up and was first released in late 2016 as part of the 3rd anniversary celebrations of Yorocco Beer Taproom at Beach Muffin. It was brewed using fresh maple, coffee and vanilla beans. At the time …

Karuizawa Kogen National Trust by Yo-Ho Brewing

Karuizawa Kogen National Trust

Karuizawa Kogen National Trust is a 5% American style porter from Yo-Ho Brewing and NOT Karuizawa Asama Kogen – which is a good thing by our own standards. Like the Karuizawa Kogen Wild Forest, a portion of profits from each can of Karuizawa Kogen National Trust go towards maintaining the local forests in Karuizawa so you can drink, do something for charity, …

Baird Baba Oatmeal Smoked Porter by Baird Beer

Baird Takadanobaba Taproom Baba Oatmeal Stout

Baird Baba Oatmeal Smoked Porter is a 5.7% porter from Baird Beer based in Shuzenji, Shizuoka. It’s part of their draft only range and is the flagship beer for the Baird Takadanobaba Taproom, which opened in May 2016. At the time of writing, it can only be found at that branch and there are no plans to release it in …

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 …


Swan Lake Porter by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Porter

Swan Lake Porter is, wait for it, a multiple award-winning 5.5% porter from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery in Niigata, most importantly winning two golds at the World Beer Cup in 2000 and in 2006, the main competition as far as I’m concerned. Swan Lake Porter has also undergone various design changes with the label below being the most recent, at …


Harvestmoon Christmas Porter by Harvestmoon

Harvestmoon Christmas Porter

Harvestmoon Christmas Porter is a 5% winter seasonal beer from Harvestmoon in Chiba. It is brewed for the Christmas period though why Harvestmoon don’t have a regular all-year round porter is beyond me. Harvestmoon Christmas Porter is usually on sale from mid-November until stocks last. Harvestmoon Christmas Porter Aroma and Taste Seeing as my ineptitude ended up with me breaking my …


Oh! La! Ho Biere de Raiden Fuyu Shikomi Porter By Oh! La! Ho Beer

Biere de Raiden Fuyu Shikomi Porter

Oh! La! Ho Biere de Raiden Fuyu Shikomi Porter is the winter edition to the Biere de Rydeen range by Oh! La! Ho Beer, available from early December until stocks last. There is a lot of mystery behind the Oh! La! Ho Biere de Raiden Fuyu Shikomi Porter recipe though it’s based on the traditional style from Britain and comes in …

Nihede Black Ale by Nanto Brewery

Nihede Black Ale

Nihede Black Ale is a 5% porter style beer from Okinawa, brewed by Nanto Brewery. It is an unfiltered beer, allowing the yeast to actively condition the beer until the moment it is drunk from the bottle or keg. Nihede Black Ale is styled as an original Okinawan black ale to fit in with the idea of being an Okinawa product. …

Ise Kadoya Hoppy Poter by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Hoppy Poter

No, it’s not a spelling mistake on my part, it’s actually called Ise Kadoya Hoppy Poter. It’s supposed to be a porter, but I guess it’s a play on the name Harry Potter, perhaps? Ise Kadoya Hoppy Poter is a 6% spring seasonal beer first brewed in 2015 and is a result of brewers from Japan coming together to brew a special …