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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Kinshachi Nagoya Aka Miso Lager by Morita Kinshachi brewery

Nagoya Aka Miso Lager

Kinshachi’s Nagoya Aka Miso Lager is part of their standard range, and is their most-decorated beer in both the Japan Asia Beer Cup and International Beer Competition. What kind of beer is it though? Can a beer flavoured with miso paste be worthy of 7 awards to date? Only one way to find out! Nagoya Aka Miso Lager Aroma and …

Coedo Beniaka by Coedo Brewery

An image of Coedo's Beniaka

Coedo name their beers after different colour hues and this beer is a deep amber red colour, as the name Beniaka (“bright red tinged with yellow”) suggests. Due to the amount of sweet potato versus malt contained in the beer, Coedo Beniaka is classified as a happoshu. But wait! Before you run off to buy another beer instead, just read …