Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Day 153 Drink: Hitachino Nest White Ale
The Kiuchi Brewery was founded in 1823 by Kiuchi Gihei, the headman of Kounosu village in Japan. His family collected rice from farmers as land taxes for the Mito Tokugawa family. He came up with the idea of using the remaining rice in the warehouse for brewing.
In 1996 the company launched the Hitachino Nest brand, which has brought international attention to the brewery.
Hitachino Nest White Ale pours a cloudy yellow with a fluffy lacing white head. This 5 percent alcohol by volume Japanese beer starts as you would kind of expect from a Belgian-style white ale, with a slight apple note to the nose and a crisp citrus flavor bed that has traces of coriander. Then a flavor starts to emerge that at first hinted at smoke, but appears to be the nutmeg used in the recipe.