Karuizawa Kogen 2015 Seasonal Wheat Ale by Yo-Ho Brewing

Karuizawa Kogen 2015 Seasonal Wheat Ale

Karuizawa Kogen 2015 Seasonal Wheat Ale is a 4.5% wheat ale from Yo-Ho Brewing, based in Nagano. It follows on with their annual tradition of releasing different kinds of seasonal beers, following on from their 2014 edition of a British Pale Ale. Thankfully, this one was paid for and not part of a giveaway and was also well in date. …

Aqula Sakura Kobo Wheat by Aqula

Aqula Sakura Kobo Wit あくらさくら酵母ウィート

Aqula Sakura Kobo Wheat is brewed using natural sakura, or cherry blossom, yeast that has been developed by Akita Food Institute in conjunction with Aqula. It’s a 5% wit that has not been pasteurized to allow the yeast to further develop flavours in Aqula Sakura Kobo Wheat as it is bottle conditioned. The photo below is of the beer before the …

Enoshima Summer Beer by Kumazawa Brewing

Enoshima Summer Beer

Enoshima Summer Beer is another special edition beer from Kumazawa Brewing, better known as Shonan Beer. Even though it does say summer on the label, I picked this bottle up mid-November and was still within date. Enoshima Summer Beer is apparently a hefeweizen, or an unfiltered wheat beer, that has been jacked up on hops. It can also be found around Father’s Day in …

Kinshachi Platinum Ale by Morita Kinshachi Brewery

Kinshachi Platinum Ale

Platinum. More expensive than gold. Rarer than gold. Bright and shiny. Therefore Kinshachi Platinum Ale must be worth its weight as a premium craft beer. Kinshachi Platinum Ale is another award-winning beer from Morita Kinshachi Brewery having won awards at the Japan Asia Beer Cup in 2010 and 2012, and also the International Beer Competition in 2011. If Morita keeps winning …

Ginga Kogen Komugi no beer by Ginga Kogen Brewery

Ginga Kogen started out back in the early 90s and was almost the first microbrewery to make it big. Unfortunately, due to licensing laws, the likes of Asahi, Kirin et al, were able to push them back. However, it is still possible to find their beers in convenience stores and shops across the country. Ginga Kogen Komugi no beer is …