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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Kiuchi Hitachino Nest Beer Heading to Ontario

The Roland and Russell Import Agency sent me some interesting news last week about a new brewery they'll be representing here in Ontario: Japan's Kiuchi Brewery.

The brewery was established in 1832 producing sake; however, in 1996 the brewery started brewing beer under the brand name Hitachino Nest. They produce 9 year round ales and 1 non-alcoholic beer, and some are currently available for purchase in the U.S. Their lineup covers numerous styles that include: Weizen, Belgian White, Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Sweet Stout, Celebration 2005, Japanese Classic, Red Rice Ale, and XH, and the 1 non-alcoholic beer. Their website also states that the Belgian style White Ale has won two gold medals at the prestigious World Beer Cup in 2000 and 2004. Each bottle comes with an attractive label featuring an owl, helping their product stand out on store shelves both in Japan and in the U.S.

So, what will R & R be bringing into the province? They state that the Red Rice Ale will be coming for sure, most likely on private order only, and they are considering at least one other brand that has yet to be decided. The tasting notes for the Red Rice Ale, as they appear on the Kiuchi website, state that there are Complex sake like flavors with malt sweet notes. Hints of strawberries in the nose and palate. An intriguing mix of sake, malt , and bitter notes in the finish. The beer weighs in at 7.0%, contains Hallertauer hops, and features 11 IBU's.

There is no word on when the first order will be announced, but look for information on Bar Towel when it's released, or head over to R & R's website to obtain their contact information.


Rob said...

Awesome news! Hitachino Nest is a very well-respected Japanese brewer, with a great lineup. It would be great to see their espresso sout here... I've had it before and its phenomenal. Congrats to R+R on adding yet another great brewery to their portfolio.

Troy Burtch said...

Rob - really looking forward to trying this stuff. Thanks for posting your experience with their stout.

Marc said...

I had the Sweet Stout this past weekend while I was in Vegas and fell in love with it. Hopefully we will see the Hitachino line in Ontario soon.

Troy Burtch said...

Marc - I've hear the stout is excellent, as Rob has mentioned. My guess is that R&R will take a look at bringing in some different stuff.

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