Wednesday, May 27, 2009
A "Hit" From The Land of The Rising Sun - Hitachino Nest Ale
So, I was out in Seattle back in March and experienced some typical Seattle weather for most of the time I was there. But, who cares when you have a whole day dedicated to the Washington State Cask Beer Festival?? At least, I seem to recall that I might have been at such a place - after drinking barleywine it got a little hazy.
The day before the festival, while visiting Shaun, I got to try what was then the latest edition of Shaun and Mark's beer exchange, the Hitachino Nest Beer. Upon observing it, I worried that it would be too light and easy for my IPA loving self. Perhaps this little brew would disappear in my mouth like a glass of mediocre sake. That was hardly the case. Light in color and thin bodied, this lager packed an amazing amount of flavor. It bears sharp citrus notes but also just enough hop bite to keep it focused. This beer commands your attention in the same way that a cool kit hot rod car does on a sunny day. And this is quite the perfect summer beer.
Fortunately, this is offered plenty of places in Chicago. Everyone I've introduced to this fermented concoction didn't just like it; they wanted to make love to it, making this a fine "how did he know I would like this?" beer to share with your friends and women whose phone numbers you seek. I look at this bottle and see my next three months. Well done, Japan!