Hitachino Nest is brewed by Japan's best craft brewery, The Kiuchi Brewery. For 170 years they dedicated themselves to brewing the finest Sake possible with only the best ingredients and masterful craftsmanship. In 1996 they started brewing beer and the amazing Hitachino Nest series was born. Since it's inception the line of brews has won many gold medals in world beer competitions. In the past ten years they have branched out even further to start producing Shochu and also purchased four thousand acres near the brewing facility to produce of all things, Merlot and Chardonnay.
Today we're taking a look at their Red Rice Wine Ale, one of my favorite beers. This brew is by no means a session beer but is so interesting and unique that it deserves to be imbibed on any occasion.
The beer pours a beautiful hazy golden pink color with a thick creamy head that is tinted pink and peach. The smell is immediatly reminiscent of that light sweet medicinal flavor that defines sake. There's also some rice, light malts, strawberry, and very light herbs and spices. The mouth feel is incredibly smooth and a perfect balance is achieved between the malts and rice with the rice flavors rightfully taking the foreground position. Much like sake the finish is dry with a slight bite but not at all overly bitter.
This would go perfectly with the Tavern's Moul Frites, Arctic Char, or the Fish Special du jour.
$20 750ml Bottle