Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Gotemba Koogen Brewery-Tamori Cup Beer

Since I wrote this article in 2013, Gotemba changed a lot and the brews also quite increased and not only in beers, Gotemba Kogen Arabiki Pork made by Yonekyu Corp. also.


“Tamori Cup Beer” is a limited/private label to commemorate a famous Yacht Race called Tamori (famous Japanese Comedian/TV MC) Cup by Gotenba Kogen Beer Co Ltd. (actually the brewery itself owned by Yoennekyu Corp and is located in another location in Gotenba City).

Tamori san is well-known for his program “Buratamori” (ブラタモリ) focusing on history from a pretty maniac perspective. You will not learn basic things in this program but always go further in some particuliar details from an historian point of view.

So where is the connection between Mr tamori and this beer and the boats ? Tamori san is from Fukuoka, and made this boat race called “Tamori Cup” in 2008. He is also owner of a licence and a Yacht.


Gotemba Koogen Brewery is located at the foot of Mount Fuji!


Product name: Tamori Cup Beer
Unfiltered, unpasteurized.
Ingredients: barley and wheat malt, hops, yeast
Volume: 330 ml
Alcohol: 5.5%


Clarity: Very clear
Color: Deep apricot orange
Foam: Thin longish head. Fine bubbles
Aroma: Dry and fruity, assertive, sharpish. Bread, oranges.
Taste: Deep ale-like attack. Refreshing.
Bread, oranges.
Lingers for a while before disappearing on a slightly nutty dry note.

Overall: Very refreshing but deeper than a thirst-quenching low alcohol beer.
Its ale-like approach makes it both fit to drink on its own or with food any time of the year.
Although quite japanese in approach, should please European tasting buds

Gotenba Kogen Beer Co., Ltd.
719, Koyama, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka-ken, 412-0033
Tel 0550-87-5500
Homepage (English/also exists in Japanese)

See Also 

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