Monthly Archives: November 2010

Kohaku Yebisu

Japanese Name: 琥珀ヱビス Brewer: Sapporo Release: Nov. 10, 2010 Type: Beer(ビール) Alcohol: 5.5% Purchase Price: ¥225 @Jusco Tasting Notes: Deriving its name from the color of the beer (kohaku meaning amber), Kohaku Yebisu was first released in October of 2006, … Continue reading

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Asahi Premium Jukusen

Japanese Name: アサヒ プレミアム 生ビール 熟撰 Brewer: Asahi Release: Mar. 11, 2008 Type: Beer (ビール) Alcohol: 5.5% Price: ¥290 (JR West) Tasting Notes: As I’m riding the Thunderbird back home from a day trip to Kansai International Airport, I’m trying … Continue reading

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Kirin Ichiban Shibori 2010 Toretate Hop

Japanese Name: キリン 一番搾り 2010 とりたてホップ Brewer: Kirin Release: Nov. 2, 2010 Type: Beer(ビール) Alcohol: 5% Purchase Price: ¥207 @Jusco Tasting Notes: First released in 2004, this season marks the 7th harvest of hops from Tono in Iwate Prefecture to produce the 2010 … Continue reading

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7-Premium The Brew

Japanese Name: セブンプレミアム THE BREW (ザ・ブリュー) ノドごしスッキリ Brewer: Suntory Release: end of July, 2009 Type: Happousei(発泡性) Alcohol: 5% Purchase Price: ¥123 @7-Eleven (Japan) Tasting Notes: Last spring, Japan’s Hokuriku region was blessed with the presence of conbini giant Seven & … Continue reading

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Kirin Honkaku Karakuchi Mugi

Japanese Name: キリン 本格〈辛口麦〉 Brewer: Kirin Release: Jul. 21, 2010 Type: Happousei(発泡性) Alcohol: 5% Purchase Price: ¥108? @Jusco Tasting Notes: The “Dry War” is now in the relm of the dai-san happousei relm of beverages, with brewers all working to … Continue reading

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Asahi Kutsurogi-Jikomi 4VG

Japanese Name: アサヒ くつろぎ仕込 4VG Brewer: Asahi Release: Sept. 14, 2010 Type: Happousei(発泡性) Alcohol: 5% Purchase Price: ¥108? @Jusco Tasting notes: On the table last night was Asahi Kutsurogi-Jikomi 4VG, which is Asahi’s most recent venture into the popular dai-san … Continue reading

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Sapporo x O~i! Ryoma

Given the Ryoma Sakamoto boom that has been happening over the past couple years in Japan, it’s only fitting that he’s finally got his image on a beer can. Sapporo beer partnered with mangaka Tetsuya Takeda and Yu Koyama of … Continue reading

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Suntory The Premium Malt’s Black

Japanese Name: サントリー ザ・プレミアム・モルツ 黒 Brewer: Suntory Release: Oct. 19, 2010 Type: Beer(ビール) Alcohol: 5.5% Purchase Price: ¥210 @Jusco Tasting notes: Suntory The Premium Malt’s Black seems to be released yearly around the end of autumn. Unusually, this year there was no … Continue reading

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Belgian White Shironama

Japanese Name: 白生 にごり 二段仕込 Brewer: Imported from Belgium by Nippon Beer Co., Ltd. Type: Happoushu (発泡酒) Alcohol: 5% Purchase Price: ¥246 @Kaldi (import specialty shop) Tasting notes: Ok, Shironama is actually not a Japanese beer, but a Belgian import. It is … Continue reading

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