Kobushi Hana Belgium White by Hanyu Brewery

Kobushi Hana Belgium White

Kobushi Hana Belgium White, by Hanyu Brewery (not Hangover Brewery, as my spell-checker is determined to keep correcting it to) is a 5% witbier that is sometimes also sold under the name of Kobushi Hana White Ale. It’s a top fermented style beer with an IBU of 18. To circumvent the Beer license law in Japan, Hanyu Brewery use orange and …

Romantic Village Kuro Beer by Romantic Village Beer

Romantic Village Kuro Beer

Romantic Village Kuro Beer, sometimes called Romantic Village Kuro (Black) Beer is a schwarzbier style beer from Romantic Village Beer, also known as Utsunomiya Craft Beer. Confusing or what? Just pick a name and have done with it. It’s a 5% summer seasonal that is supposedly best served with the Romantic Village Pilsner as a black and tan, or half and half …

Coedo Beniaka by Coedo Beer

Coedo Beniaka

Coedo Beniaka had a full on upheaval in terms of recipes in 2015 with it undergoing some major cosmetic changes both in the recipe and also on the bottle. It went from a lager yeast style production of being top fermented, to an ale yeast bottom fermented beer. If that wasn’t enough, some of the hops were changed around and …

Coedo Shikkoku by Coedo Brewery

Coedo Shikoku

Coedo Shikkoku is named after the island just south of Honshu…who am I trying to kid? Coedo Shikkoku is named after a Japanese hue, this time being the jet-black lacquer work that can be seen across Japan. It is also a schwarzbier brewed using a traditional German recipe. Coedo Shikkoku Aroma and Taste Coedo Shikkoku poured out darker than my deepest, …


Kobushi Hana IPA by Hanyu Brewery

Kobushi Hana IPA こぶし花IPA

Kobushi Hana IPA is a 6.5% English style IPA by Hanyu Brewery out of Hanyu city in Saitama. Never heard of it before? Neither have we. We came across this beer purely by accident while on a recent trip to Coedo and it received a strong recommendation by the sales staff. The only description of Kobushi Hana IPA we have …

Coedo Shiro by Coedo Brewery

Coedo Shiro

Coedo Shiro is a hefeweizen style beer that is advertised as a premium all malt beer. It is also one of the hardest beers to find from the Coedo range as Coedo Shiro is unfiltered and stores are hesitant to sell it. In 2014, the bottle was redesigned and now advertises that it is a hefeweizen on the label. Coedo Shiro …


Coedo Brewery Tour in Kawagoe, Saitama


In November, BeerTengoku took a trip up to the Coedo Brewery in Tsuruse, Saitama. On the journey up from BeerTengoku’s base in central Kanagawa, we passed through suburbs, city centres, and finally through to farm land. While not as far away as expected, it’s becoming a common theme to see breweries far away from the major areas they serve. President …


Coedo Ruri by Coedo Brewery

Coedo Ruri

Coedo Ruri is one of Coedo’s five bottled beers and is named after the colour that is supposed to elicit clear blue skies, or the gemstone lapis. It is a German style pilsner beer brewed from a variety of hops and malts. Coedo Ruri is generally available in can form but has been seen in bottle form too. Coedo Ruri Aroma …


Romantic Village IPA by Romantic Village Beer

Romantic Village IPA

Romantic Village IPA, also known as Utsunomiya Craft Beer IPA, is a limited edition beer, available annually from May through to October. Even though this is an IPA, during the brewing process, the beer goes has two to three times the usual amount of hops added. Romantic Village IPA is available in bottle form and if you’re lucky, you might be …

Coedo Kyara by Coedo Brewery

Coedo Kyara

Coedo Kyara is another of Coedo’s stalwarts and one of their beers that came highly rated from an ex-coworker of mine before they departed for colder climes. Coedo Kyara is a cross between an amber ale and a Vienna lager. It is one of Coedo’s few beers that comes in both bottles and cans, but we’re not going to get …