Oirase Dark Lager by Oirase Brewing Company

Oirase Dark Lager

Oirase Dark Lager is a dunkel style beer from Oirase Brewing Company and was a souvenir from a friend of ours, thanks again Hiro. Trouble is, he forgot to tell us much about the beer and there is very little information about it on the Oirase Brewing Company homepage. Oirase Dark Lager is brewed along the lines of a pilsner but …

Iwate Kura Kin Kura by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kin Kura

Iwate Kura Kin Kura is a 5% pilsner style beer from Iwate Kura Beer aka Sekinoichi Shuzo. Pilsners is perhaps the most common style of beer in Japan and Iwate Kura Kin Kura is another addition to that range. Pilsner here, pilsner there, pilsner just pretty much everywhere you turn. Strangely enough for Sekinoichi Shuzo, this beer is only available in …

Brown no Kaze by Tazawako Kohan no Mori

brown no kaze

Brown no Kaze beer, otherwise known as Tazawako Kohan no Mori Dunkel, is another beer that comes in two different labels. The one below is the most recent label for the Queen’s Isetan brand of supermarkets, alongside the Ajiwai Tenku and the Ajiwai Tenya beers. Both beers, or so I am led to believe, are brewed from the same recipe. Brown no Kaze …

Ginga Kogen Pilsner by Ginga Kogen Beer

Ginga Kogen Pilsner

Ginga Kogen Pilsner is supposedly produced by Ginga Kogen Beer; however, there is nothing on their website about it and not much out there. Perhaps it’s an end-of-line beer that they’re getting rid of but Ginga Kogen Pilsner is out there, if you can find it. It’s brewed using a Czech recipe. Ginga Kogen Pilsner Aroma and Taste Ginga Kogen Pilsner is …

Iwate Kura Stout by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Kuro Kura

Iwate Kura Stout is also brewed under the name Iwate Kura Kuro Kura; however, the name stated seems to be the most common one on sale. It is available in both bottle and can form and is based on a British stout recipe. If you need more convincing, this beer has won multiple awards at different competitions since 1997. Iwate Kura …

Oirase Weizen by Oirase Brewing Company

Oirase Weizen

Oirase Weizen is a hefeweizen style beer brewed out in Aomori prefecture in the northern part of Honshū. It is brewed on a southern German recipe and Oirase Weizen incorporates fresh Aomori wheat in the recipe. Oirase Weizen Aroma and Taste Oirase Weizen has a very hazy, straw like body that appears to have sediment at the bottom of the glass …

Iwate Kura Beer by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Beer

Iwate Kura Beer is a unique brewery in Japan, perhaps the world, as it is a cooperative brewery rather than a company. Launched in 1996, Iwate Kura Beer has the backing of five different companies. Like other countryside breweries, Iwate Kura Beer also has its history in sake manufacturing from the parent company Sekinoichi Shuzo. All of Iwate Kura Beer’s …

Ginga Kogen Weizen by Ginga Kogen

Ginga Kogen Weizen

I came across Ginga Kogen Weizen when I was stumbling around Yokohama and came across an alcohol store in Sogo department store. Ginga Kogen Weizen is a 5% hefeweizen that is neither pasteurized nor sterilised during the manufacturing process. Besides that, there isn’t much information about this beer either on the Ginga Kogen website nor elsewhere. Ginga Kogen Weizen Aroma …

Toast Ajiwai Tenku by Tazawako Kohan no Mori Beer

Ajiwai Tenku

Ajiwai Tenku is another award-winning beer from Tazawako Kohan no Mori Beer that is brewed in the helles, meaning bright, lager style from Bavaria. An all-malt beer, Ajiwai Tenku, like Ajiwai Tenya, is brewed for the Queen’s Isetan chain of supermarkets across Japan. Toast Ajiwai Tenku Aroma and Taste Ajiwai Tenku pours out like there is no tomorrow. Whoosh! It is …

Iwate Kura Red Ale by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Red Ale

Iwate Kura Red Ale is a 5% Irish red ale from Sekinoichi Shuzo, based in Iwate, Japan. Available in both cask and bottled form, it won a gold award at the 2007 International Beer Competition. Iwate Kura Red Ale Aroma & Taste Iwate Kura Red Ale pours out a deep amber-red colour with a slight head that lingers for longer than …