Iwate Kura Japanese Ale Sansho by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Japanese Ale Sansho

Sansho is fast becoming a popular adjunct in Japanese beers and with Iwate Kura Japanese Ale Sansho, Sekinoichi Shuzo have produced an spring seasonal spiced herb beer. It’s a 5% beer that is made with locally sourced sansho, known as mountain pepper, locally sourced from Ichinoseki. Iwate Kura Japanese Ale Sansho is on sale from mid February and has a long …


Zenryaku Konomi Nante Kiitenaize Sorry Session Yuzu Ale by Yo-Ho Brewing

Zenryaku Konomi Nante Kiitenaize Sorry Session Yuzu Ale

  Zenryaku Konomi Nante Kiitenaize Sorry Session Yuzu Ale- to give it its full title, and get this article way over the minimum word count before I even talk about what the beer tastes like- is one of Yo-Ho Brewing’s specialty brews. Previous beers under this name have been the mystifying Kurogo Imperial Porter (reviewed here), as well as a …

North Island Coriander Black by North Island Beer

North Island Coriander Black

Coriander / cilantro is a funny herb in Japan. Some people love it, others, like my wife, detest it, and can only put up with it while it is masked by other flavours, such as in a curry. North Island Coriander Black was immediately given a wide berth by her because of the word “coriander” on the bottom right of the …

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 …


Abashiri Okhotsk Blue Ryuhyo Draft by Abashiri Beer

Abashiri Okhotsk Blue Ryuhyo Draft

Abashiri Okhotsk Blue Ryuhyo Draft is Abashiri Brewery’s most famous drink, and is supposedly made using drift ice and natural ingredients such as flowers and seaweed to give it its blue colour. It’s been the subject of many “Weird Japan” articles since being made available overseas in 2014. It’s a 5% spiced/fruit/seaweed beer. Abashiri Okhotsk Blue Ryuhyo Draft Aroma and Taste …


Abashiri Jaga Draft by Abashiri Beer

Abashiri Jaga Draft

Speaking to anyone who makes beer for a living, you’ll undoubtedly hear that it’s not a financial tiptoe through the tulips. Long hours, no holidays, endless debt and putting your monetary stability on the line seem to go hand in hand with getting people drunk in new and interesting ways. Joe’s Soapbox Corner on Abashiri Jaga Draft One of the …

Baird Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale Ale by Baird Beer

Baird Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale

Baird Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale is a hybrid of a pale ale and an IPA. Baird also decided to use some local ingredients; wasabi and green tea, when making this beer. Baird Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale was originally released as a seasonal beer; however, at the time of writing, it has become one of the standard beers in the taprooms that we have …

Konishi Chocola Premium by Konishi Brewing

Konishi Chocola Premium

Chocolate. Beer. Let that sink in for a minute. Your usual chocolate beer is brewed with chocolate malts though Konishi Chocola Premium is brewed with pure Belgian chocolate and cocoa. Now, let that sink in. Someone is dumping Belgian chocolate in this beer along with cocoa powder. So technically, this is a full on happo-shu, even the label on the side …


Goya Dry by Helios Brewery

Goya Dry

Goya Dry is Helios Brewery’s souvenir beer. It’s a dry lager made with goya (bitter melon in English), and can be found in every single goddamn souvenir shop in Okinawa, it seems.   Goya Dry Aroma and Taste It looks like a vile, villainous happoshu and initially smells like it as well. My temples are throbbing. Regular happoshu started giving …

Hitachino Nest New Year Celebration Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Commerative Ale

Hitachino Nest New Year Celebration Ale, also known as Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale, is an 8% Belgian Strong Ale that incorporates a very complex brewing method. Along with five different malts (yes, five!), four different hops, and several different spices such as coriander, nutmeg and other traditional end of year spices, it really has a lot going on it. Hitachino Nest …