Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Brett by Tamamura Honten 

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Brett

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Brett is a 6% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano. It’s part of their Yamabushi range of beers that involving taking a saison base and infusing it with different adjuncts, in this case Brettanomyces, hence the Brett part of the name. Brettanomyces are a kind of yeast used in the process of fermentation, and brewers may also add …

Shiga Kogen Shoubu Miyama Blonde by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Shoubu Miyama Blonde

Shiga Kogen Shoubu Miyama Blonde is a 6.5% spiced / herb seasonal special from Tamamura Honten that contains the roots of sweet flags. That’s not a typo. I hadn’t heard of the root either and I’ve lived in Japan for over a decade. It seems that the closest word to it in English would be a beewort or a bitter pepper root. It …

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Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde

Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde is a 5% saison from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition line up and was first released in May 2016. As the name suggests, it’s the “baby” version of the Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde. Shiga Kogen Baby Miyama Blonde is brewed using using Nishikimiyama rice and with additions of Shinshu hops and …

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge by Tamamura Honten

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge is a 6% fruit beer from Tamamura Honten, makers of the Shiga Kogen range of beers, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s a limited edition beer and available from mid-April on an annual basis. Like the other beers in the Yamabushi range, it’s based on a saison, though this one has had blueberries and raspberries infused …

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison One by Tamamura Honten

Yamabushi Saison One 山伏壱saison one

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison One is a 6.5% saison from Tamamura Honten, makers of the Shiga Kogen range of beers. It is brewed using locally-sourced hops and also sake rice. It is then bottled, without it being filtered, into 750ml wine bottles, a rarity in Japan. Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison One is available all-year round though we’re yet to see …

Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout 志賀高原たかしインペリアルスタウト

Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout is a 10% imperial stout from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, and it is part of their spring range of seasonal beers. This 2016 was the first release in two years as Tamamura Honten installed a new brewery. It was first released in limited batches in 2008 and can be found on sale from around the beginning …

Shiga Kogen Saison Blanc by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Saison Blanc

Shiga Kogen Saison Blanc is a 5.5% saison from Tamamura Honten that is part of their limited edition craft beer lineup after making its debut at the 2015 Harvest Festival in Nagano. It’s brewed using two kinds of New Zealand hops and two different yeasts in the fermentation stage. At the time of writing, it’s unknown what the two strains of …

Snow Monkey Live 2016 Report

Snow Monkey Live 2016 Front

Snow Monkey Live 2016 One Paragraph Review Snow Monkey Live is a great start to the craft beer season though it’s pretty far to get to if you’re going alone. Go along with a bunch of friends, find some cheap hostel or hotel to stay at enjoy the good music and tasty beer. Just hope you don’t get stuck waiting out …

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Noir by Tamamura Honten

Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison Noir

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Saison Noir is a 9% black saison from Tamamura Honten, makers of the Shiga Kogen range of craft beer. It’s produced in spring though it is available throughout the year. Tamamura Honten also take this beer and produce variations of it, for example, aging it in oak barrels in limited quantities. It is one of the few …

Shiga Kogen Monkey Claws by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Monkey Claws

Shiga Kogen Monkey Claws is a 12% barleywine from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, that was the second of two beers with Hair of the Dog brewery from the USA, with the other being Shiga Kogen Adamu. It’s released annually in January in limited quantities with the 2016 edition only having 1,800 bottles released. At the time of writing, it can …