Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale in Los Angeles
I had this beer at Cafe Metropol and really liked it. Was wondering if anyone knew of any sources to buy the beer in LA (Pasadena / Downtown / Silverlake area).
I have looked at BevMo and Mitsua so far to no luck
The lack of Japanese beer in Japanese markets outside the standard Asahi/Kirin/Sapporo/Orion fare is depressing. A bit far away from your area, but from personal experience the Beverage Warehouse in Marina del Rey has it. Looking through an older thread, someone mentioned Surfas in Culver City.
Cap N Cork Junior Market on 1674 Hillhurst Ave in the Los Feliz area (close to Silverlake) has the best selection around. Their awesome website lists the following Hitachino beers: Hitachino nest ale 750ml, Hitachino nest celebration '06, Hitachino nest red rice ale, Hitachino nest white ale 750ml. I haven't had the celebration but the others are awesome. So good to see extreme craft beers coming out of Japan.
sushi karen and bora bora both have it in their bars. As far as retail, beverage wharehouse, captain cork or something like that, and Hi-Time or something like that in Newport beach all have them.
Vendome Toluca Lake. Ask for Scotland and then ask him. He's the beer guy.
Some Bevmo's have it. Northridge is a good one
Try Red Carpet Wine and Liquor in Glendale
Also BottleRock in Culver city would be a good place to look.
Whole Foods often has Hitachino in stock (i've seen it at multiple locations as I love Hitachino beer, I just wish it wasn't so expensive).
On the westside Wine Expo carries it. Sorry I don't have an east side source.