Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Japanese Craft Beer Review: Japanese Classic Ale from Hitachino Nest

Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Japanese craft beer review is for Japanese Classic Ale from Hitachino Nest.

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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale was a cloudy pinky/orange colour. Very similar in hue to Grimbergen's spring beer but nothing like in taste. JCA was very rich, boozy, and bitter fruity. Persimmon, tomatillo, soy sauce, orange peel, and tamarind.

I have been on a mission of sorts lately to try to find different beers in my locality. London, being a huge, wealthy, and eclectic city, has a lot of options for craft beer hounds seeking international novelty. The weird thing is that Hitachino brews their beer from all European ingredients that they import. So is that Japanese beer or European beer brewed in Japan?

Fun fact: Saki is a kind of beer. Not a rice wine or liqueur. BEER.

I found this beer at Beer and Buns, a Japanese style bar or Izakaya, on the edge of The City. Dark, basic, popular, noisy, and pricey, it has a load of Japanese beers in bottles and a few more standard brews on tap.

Definitely have the buns. 

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