The boys over at Good Beer and Country Boys have a post up saying that Toshi Iishi is leaving Yo-Ho for a brewery in the States, hinting at maybe a return to Stone. This is bittersweet. While it’s awesome that Japanese brewers are recognized by the West Coast as having talents mighty enough to compete in that beer rich environemt, it’s sad that such a talented brewer is leaving the Jibeer scene. Yo-Ho brews one of the most popular craft beers in this country, their Pale Ale, and one of the better IPAs, their Aooni. My hope is that whoever fills his shoes at Yo-Ho keeps the brewery going strong. Good Luck to you, Toshi Iishi!