Johana Masaji the Great! Ore no Aji by Johana Beer

Johana Masaji the Great! Ore no Aji by Johana Beer

Johana Masaji the Great! Ore no Aji is a beer brewed annually as part of the Masaji Beer Project, an annual celebration to the life of Masaji. The 2015 version is the second time that it has been brewed and Johana Masaji the Great! Ore no Aji is a 6% IPA beer. We tried to get it on tap once at Craft …

North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde by North Island Beer

North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde

Never heard of haskap? You’re not the only person, but North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde is brewed with “lots of haskap” according to NorthIslandDan (@northislanddan on Twitter). North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde is a collaboration beer between North Island Beer and those brewing gypsies from Denmark, Mikkeller. After much research, we found out that haskap is a kind of berry that …

Hidatakayama Red Bock by Hida Takayama Beer

Sometimes a beer comes along once in a while and you know that you have to buy it. For me, Hidatakayama Red Bock is that beer. It came highly recommended at Thrash Zone after trying the Hidatakayama Karumina and falling in love with it. Hidatakayama Red Bock is part of Hida Takayama Brewing’s extra special beer range and is a 7% dunkler bock …

Far Yeast Tokyo IPA 2015 by Nippon Craft Beer

Far Yeast Tokyo IPA 2015

Far Yeast Tokyo IPA 2015 is Nippon Craft Beer’s attempt at an annual beer, first released in 2015 at the Japan Brewer’s Cup in Yokohama. Like the other beers in their range, Far Yeast Tokyo IPA 2015 is inspired by Tokyo and its surrounding areas, so the IBU of 77 must be from those twisted, bitter salary men that make the …

North Island M’s Lager Masaji the Great by North Island Beer

North Island M’s Lager Masaji the Great

North Island M’s Lager Masaji the Great is North Island Beer’s tribute to the late Masaji Oshita, the president of Minoh Beer. Who is Masaji you ask? That’s a story for another time, but he could be considered the godfather of Japanese craft beer. Bolder than most beers could ever dream to be. Anyway, North Island M’s Lager Masaji the …

Daisen G Beer Weizenbock by Kumezakura Daisen Brewery

Daisen G Beer Weizenbock

Weizenbocks have been a revelation of late and it’s a style I’ve begun to enjoy. They seem to take the wheat and bananas tones from a weizen and lift them to produce a hearty beer that warms you up in winter. Daisen G Beer Weizenbock is a limited edition beer from Kumezakura Daisen Brewery that is usually on sale from around …

Sankt Gallen Orange Chocolate Stout by Sankt Gallen

Sankt Gallen Orange Chocolate Stout

Sankt Gallen Orange Chocolate Stout is part of Sankt Gallen’s Fruit Beer range. It’s made with whole oranges (peel and all) and chocolate malt. I’m imagining Terry’s Chocolate Orange when I open this. Sankt Gallen Orange Chocolate Stout Nose and Taste There’s the Terry’s Chocolate Orange! Christ! I’m quite excited. There’s also a smoky hint to the nose. It’s quite …

Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout by Baird Beer

Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout

Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout is a Russian stout dry-hopped with two different hops; American Centenniel & Amarillo, that produces a beer that is a true heavyweight among the Baird Beers at 9.5%. Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout is also one of Baird Beer’s seasonal offerings and is available from December and can be found in the pub or in bottled form. …