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The Best Japanese Beers 

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List Rules Beers from the country of Japan.

The Japanese are known for their wisdom, sushi, anime, and many other cultural touchstones. It’s no wonder that some of our favorite beers come from there! What are the best Japanese beers? Crack open a Sapporo and check out the list below of the best beers from Japan.

The beginning of Japanese beer production of began in the 17th century after the Dutch opened up a beer hall there for Dutch sailors traveling back and forth between the two countries. Japanese brewing has steadily been exported to most of Asia, and to other continents as well.

This list features the best Japanese beers, including: Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout, Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout, Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia (Bottom Fermented), Tamamura Honten (Shiga Kogen) House IPA, Hitachino Nest New Year Celebration Ale, Shiga Kogen W-IBA Masaji the Great, Tamamura-Honten Batch #500 Yamabushi Saison One and Swan Lake Imperial Stout.

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Hidatakayama Karumina is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Hidatakayama Karumina
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Baird Dark Sky Imperial ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout
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Hitachino Nest Ancient N... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia (Bottom Fermented)
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Hitachino Nest XH is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Hitachino Nest XH
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Tamamura Honten (Shiga K... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Tamamura Honten (Shiga Kogen) House IPA
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Shonan Belgian Stout is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Shonan Belgian Stout
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Minoh Imperial Stout is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Minoh Imperial Stout
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Fujizakura Heights Rauch... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Fujizakura Heights Rauch
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Baird Kurofune Porter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Baird Kurofune Porter
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Sankt Gallen Imperial Ch... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Sankt Gallen Imperial Chocolate Stout
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Shiga Kogen Takashi Impe... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout
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Hitachino Nest Japanese ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale
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Oze No Yukidoke Heavy He... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Oze No Yukidoke Heavy Heavy
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Baird Suruga Bay Imperia... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA
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Hitachino Nest New Year ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Hitachino Nest New Year Celebration Ale
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Shiga Kogen W-IBA Masaji... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Shiga Kogen W-IBA Masaji the Great
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Tamamura-Honten Batch #5... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Tamamura-Honten Batch #500 Yamabushi Saison One
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Hitachino Nest Espresso ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
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Fujizakura Heights Weize... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Fujizakura Heights Weizen
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Baird Temple Garden Yuzu... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Baird Temple Garden Yuzu Ale
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Baird Ganko Oyaji (Stubb... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Baird Ganko Oyaji (Stubborn Old Man) Barley Wine
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Tamamura-Honten the Far ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Tamamura-Honten the Far East Barrel Aged Imperial House IPA
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Swan Lake Imperial Stout... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Swan Lake Imperial Stout
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Baird West Coast Wheat W... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Baird West Coast Wheat Wine
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Sankt Gallen El Diablo ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Sankt Gallen El Diablo