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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 Stout is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout
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Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponi... 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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Shonan Belgian Stout is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Shonan Belgian Stout
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Tamamura Honten (Shiga Kogen) ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Tamamura Honten (Shiga Kogen) House IPA
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Tamamura-Honten the Far East B... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Tamamura-Honten the Far East Barrel Aged Imperial House IPA
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Baird Ganko Oyaji (Stubborn Ol... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Baird Ganko Oyaji (Stubborn Old Man) Barley Wine
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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
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Hitachino Nest New Year Celebr... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Hitachino Nest New Year Celebration Ale
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Shiga Kogen W-IBA Masaji the G... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Shiga Kogen W-IBA Masaji the Great
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Tamamura-Honten Batch #500 Yam... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Tamamura-Honten Batch #500 Yamabushi Saison One
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Minoh Imperial Stout is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Minoh Imperial Stout
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Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA
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Oze No Yukidoke Heavy Heavy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Oze No Yukidoke Heavy Heavy
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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classi... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale
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Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial S... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout
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Sankt Gallen Imperial Chocolat... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Sankt Gallen Imperial Chocolate Stout
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Fujizakura Heights Rauch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Fujizakura Heights Rauch
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Baird Kurofune Porter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Baird Kurofune Porter
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Swan Lake Imperial Stout is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Swan Lake Imperial Stout
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Baird West Coast Wheat Wine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Baird West Coast Wheat Wine
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Sankt Gallen El Diablo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Sankt Gallen El Diablo
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Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Swan Lake Amber Swan Ale
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Fujizakura Heights Weizen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Beers
Fujizakura Heights Weizen