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Microbreweries near your base

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published: July 02, 2015

Helios Craft Beer

Helios Distillery was established as the first craft brewery on Okinawa in 1996. It provides both weizen and lager beers along with beers using local Okinawa products, such as “goya” (bitter melon) and “shekwasha” (flat lemon).

Bear Brand Name: Helios Craft Beer
On tap: Weizen, Lager with unfiltered yeast cells and Goya Dry
Facility tour: Only for its awamori distillery - 10:30 a.m., 1:30p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily; free.
Address: 405 Kyoda, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture
Website: helios-syuzo.co.jp
Tel: 0980-52-3372
Helios Pub
Address: 1-2-25 (1F), Makishi, Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture
Website: www.helios-food-service.co.jp/category/helios-pub
Tel: 098-863-7258

Nanto Craft Brewery

Founded in 2001, Nanto Craft Brewery brews Nihede Beer at Okinawa World attraction.

This brewery boasts using 100 percent pure malt and spring water from Gyokusendo cave, one of Japan’s “best 100 waters.” It offers a light-bodied dry koelsch, well suited for fish dishes, and a rich and full-bodied alt beer that is good with meat dishes. Its Black ale is said to be very smooth and a good match with any type of dish, and is popular with women.

Beer Brand Name: Nihede Beer
Main beers: Nihede Beer Soft (koelsch), Nihede Beer Hard (alt), Brock Ale
Facility tour: With reservations, includes free samples (call 0120-710-611)
Address: 1367 Maekawa, Tamagusuku, Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture
Website:  www.nantosyuzo.com
Tell:  098-948-1111

Miyakojima Microbrewery

Established in 2010, this brewery currently produces ale, dark ale and weizen along with flavored ales.

“Our Coral Ale is brewed with the deep waters off Miyakojima Island, which contains lots of minerals, just like in Barton, England, where the ale we brew originated,” says Masanori Takahashi. “We focus more on aroma than hoppiness. Our Coral Dark is a dark ale with a blend of bitter and roasted malt flavors, and the aroma and sweet taste of brown sugar.”

Beer Brand Name: Miyakojima Beer
Main beers: Coral Ale, Coral Dark (dark ale), Passionfruit Ale, Togarashi Ale (island pepper)
Facility tour: Not available
Address: 703-3 Kugai, Hirara, Miyakojima City, Okinawa Prefecture
Website: www.mmb-craftbeer.jp
Tell:  0980-79-0059.

Ishigakijima Beer

Ishigakijima Beer was established in 1997 as “Japan’s south-end brewery.”

“Ishigakijima Beer” is a top-fermented weizen beer, which has golden color with a natural sweetness and fruity aroma produced by live yeast. We focus more on the flavor of wheat malts, than aroma and bitterness. Marine Beer is a smooth beer with less aroma and bitterness of hop. Black Beer is a dry, lager type of beer with a profound aroma of roasted malts. We don’t filter out the yeast.”

–Yoshihiro Nakamoto

Beer Brand Name: Ishigakijima Beer
Main beers: Ishigakijima Beer (weizen), Marine Ale (helles), and Kuro Beer (dunkel)
Facility tour: Available with reservation
Address: 2094-4 Arakawa, Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture
Website: ishigaki-beer.com
Tell:  0980-83-0202