Season 3, Episode 15 – Greg was inspired by a recent trip to Total Wine & More to try beers made by Japanese breweries, and he brought them over to share.
The coolest part of import beer is the ability to travel the world’s flavors with a quick trip to the big-box beer store. Since delicious ramen, sushi or okonomiyaki cannot be shipped with relative tentacle porn manga freshness, beer is the next best thing. Two Japanese craft breweries make their way out west, Kiuchi Brewery, brewers of the Hitachino Nest branded beers, and YO-HO Brewing, and their takes on world beer styles are interesting, if found fresh.
The issue with import beer is this: oxidation rears its ugly head on the first sip. Faded hops if not gone all together, the lustre gone, and any magic the brewers intended to put in the package died in a warehouse months ago. The price? Also incredibly expensive compared to ultra-fresh local beer. If you make it out to Japan, give these beers a try…and listen in to the show as we attempt look around the age and marvel at what was supposed to be.
We wrap up the show with a round of Going In Blind, hosted by Mr. Nagel.
BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.
Beers from this week’s episode:
Kiuchi Brewery – Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia
Kiuchi Brewery – Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
Yo-Ho Brewing Company – Suiyoubi no Neko
Yo-Ho Brewing Company – Yona Yona Ale
Kiuchi Brewery – Hitachino Nest Weizen
Yo-Ho Brewing Company – Tokyo Black Porter
Kiuchi Brewery – Hitachino Nest Lacto Sweet Stout
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