Nagisa Golden Ale by Nagisa Beer

Nagisa Golden Ale ナギサゴールデンエール

Nagisa Golden Ale is a 5% golden ale from Nagisa Beer, based in Wakayama, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup, and Nagisa Golden Ale can be found in both bottles and on tap when on sale. It’s brewed with no adjuncts at all, and thus is sold as a an “100% beer”, and was supposedly the second beer made …

Gassan Munchener by Gassan Beer

Gassan Munchner

Gassan Munchener is a 5% dunkel beer from Gassan Beer, based in Yamagata, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal line up and is sold under their Gassan Special range of beers, that seem to have the same coloured special label, and no other way to tell the difference unless you look on their website. It’s brewed using roast malt …

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Hansharo Nouhei Steam by Hansharo Beer

Hansharo Nouhei Steam

Hansharo Nouhei Steam is a 5% California Common beer from Hansharo Beer, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan, and it’s name roughly translates to “Farmer Steam” with the hope of it giving energy to those in need of a cold beer. Hansharo Nouhei Steam …

Daisen G Beer White IPA by Kumezakura Shuzo 

Daisen G Beer White IPA

Daisen G Beer White IPA is a 7.5% wheat ale from Kumezakaura Shuzo, based in Tottori, Japan. Don’t adjust your set – I did say a wheat ale and we’ll come back to that later. It’s part of their spring seasonal range of beers and can be found both on tap and in bottles when on sale. So why is …

Hakone Odawara Lemon by Hakone Beer

Hakone Odawara Lemon

Hakone Odawara Lemon is a 4.5% fruit beer from Hakone Beer, based in Hakone, Japan. It’s part of their late spring / early summer seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles, though that was limited to 3000, and on tap primarily across the Kanto area. Hakone Odawara Lemon is brewed using locally sourced lemons from Odawara – the main …

Songbird Cuvée de Printemps by Brewery Songbird

Songbird Cuvée de Printemps is a 7% Belgian strong ale from Brewery Songbird, based in Chiba, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap when on sale. Songbird Cuvée de Printemps is brewed using a large, but unknown, amount of wheat and dried Styrian Golding hops too. Songbird Cuvée de Printemps …

Johana Kinu no Kahori by Johana Beer 

Johana Kinu no Kahori

Johana Kinu no Kahori, also known as Johana Kinu no Kaori, is a 6% witbier from Johana Beer, based in Toyama, Japan. It was supposedly pulled from their line up but seems to have come back into their bottled and draft lineup as part of their spring seasonal lineup. Johana Kinu no Kahori is brewed with two adjuncts: one not so unusual …

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Aoi Harumi Mikan Ale by Aoi Brewing 

Aoi Harumi Mikan Ale

Aoi Harumi Mikan Ale is a 5% fruit beer from Aoi Brewing, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of their spring seasonal lineup and first came out in bottles in April 2017, though it has been served on draft since 2015. Aoi Harumi Mikan Ale is brewed using German Pilsner, and German wheat malt, along with Belgium Aroma 150, US Cascade, …

Noboribetsu Sweet Strawberry by Noboribetsu Beer

Noboribetsu Sweet strawberry

Noboribetsu Sweet Strawberry is a 6.5% fruit ale, brewed with Toyoura strawberries. There’s a tiny paragraph on the label that says how it won gold in the flavoured ale category in the Japan Asia Beer Cup 2008, which is about as important and relevant now as saying that it comes in a bottle and is a liquid. It has a …

Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison is a 4% saison from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s was first released in 2015 as part of their seasonal range of craft beer and can be found on sale late spring / early summer. Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison is one of the first beers in Japan to use 農大花酵母, known as noudai-hanakoubo or Agriculture Great Flower …