I was hit by tax – 1400yen – in some calculation which I can’t even pretend to understand. What I do know is that 200yen of that was the Japan Post fee. Had this been in the UK, the Parcelfarce fee would have been 2000yen by itself. Probably more.

So I’m the proud owner of some hops, from Freshops. Here they are:


Centennial – 16oz
Simcoe – 16oz
Citra – 8oz
Mosaic – 8oz
NB – 4oz
Golding – 2oz
Amarillo – 16oz
Chinook – 16oz
Zeus – 12oz
Magnum – 16oz
Saaz – 16oz

A total cost of $255, including $70 delivery.

Here they are from another angle:


And in the freezer:


Ooops, not enough room there. Better use the small freezer too:


All those hops are making me thirsty. Here is one of the best imports that’s come into Japan for a while – Lagunitas Little Sumptin.


All in all, it works out about 770yen per 100g for these hops, with postage and tax included. In comparison, 100g of Pellet hops from Sakeland works out at 500yen (when you buy 500g) – which makes Sakeland’s price look damn good. An equivalent 100g of Pellet hops from Advanced Brewing is about 800yen. But these are leaf, not pellet (pellet would be cheaper to ship). And they are varieties you can’t get in Japan.

I can’t wait to get brewing with these. It’s an absurd amount of hops. And I intend to make some IPA’s and Pale Ales with absurd amounts of hops in them.