Monthly Archives: September 2011

Suntory Akiraku 2011

Akiraku, Suntory’s fall new-genre brew was re-released last month. As with last year’s offering, Suntory Akiraku brings an amber created from roasted malt that is a rarity on the macro-brew market in Japan. At a little over ¥100 a can, … Continue reading

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Sapporo Mugi & Tohoku Hop

With the come of fall, some of the major brewers are starting to release their special hop brews. This year, Sapporo with their popular Mugi & Hop has chosen to release a limited production of this happousei (new-genre) brewed with … Continue reading

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Kirin Lager Beer Autumn 2011 Design

An abundance of Japanese maple leaves grace the can of the Autumn 2011 Kirin Lager Beer, pictured here in 500 mL goodness.

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Sapporo Five Star Hokkaido Selection

Japanese Name: サッポロファイブスター北海道セレクション Brewer: Sapporo Release: Aug. 10, 2011 Type: Japanese Beer Alcohol: 5.5% Purchase Price: ¥217 (FamilyMart) Tasting Notes: First distributed nationwide in 2010, Sapporo Five Star is a draft beer usually only available at Sapporo’s Bier Garten in … Continue reading

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Sapporo Chocolat Brewery Bitter

Japanese Name: サッポロ ショコラブルワリー(ビター) Brewer: Sapporo Release: Jan. 12, 2011 Type: Happoushu Alcohol: 5% Purchase Price: ¥588 (Double Pack) Tasting Notes: Sitting at the back of my refrigerator was this lonely can of Sapporo Chocolat Brewery Bitter purchased back in March. … Continue reading

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Kirin Aki-Aji (2011)

Japanese Name: 秋味 (Aki-Aji) Brewer: Kirin Release: Aug 24, 2011 Type: Beer (ビール) Alcohol: 6% Purchase Price: ¥185 (Aeon) Tasting Notes: In its 21st year of production, Kirin’s Aki-aji still has the same hoppy bitterness you’ve come to look forward … Continue reading

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Sapporo Classic

Japanese Name: サッポロ クラシック Brewer: Sapporo Release: N/A Type: Beer (ビール) Alcohol: 5% Purchase Price: N/A Tasting Notes: This was the final can of my Hokkaido stash, graciously sent by Simon and Andy living in Hokkaido. Sapporo Classic is a … Continue reading

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TopValu Barreal Lager Beer

Japanese Name: トップバリュ バーリアル ラガービール Brewer: Unnamed Korean brewer in cooperation with TopValu Release: Aug. 8, 2011 Type: Japanese Beer (ビール) Alcohol: 5% Purchase Price: ¥158 @Aeon Tasting Notes: After the success of Barreal released under TopValu, Aeon Group’s private label, several … Continue reading

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