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Jul 3, 2008 12:49 PM

Sapporo Reserve (the gold can)

Anyone know a place that sells this? I can only find the regular silver can Sapporo. I know the Bev Mo by me doesn't have it (the Santa Monica and La Brea location).

Walking distance from that intersection would be awesome, but please let me know anywhere you've seen it.


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  1. We get it at the Culver City Trader Joe's!

    1. It's still made by Molson, though, right? I miss the real Japanese stuff...

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      1. re: annagranfors

        Me too. I get Orion or Echigo at Mitsuwa when I want J-beer made in J.

        1. re: Ciao Bob

          Do these taste like the Sapporo Reserve at all? Just askin'.

        2. re: annagranfors

          If you "...miss the real Japanese stuff..." I would suggest you try Hitachino Nest Beers from Kiuchi Brewery!

        3. i'm not a beer girl, but my husband loves that brand. i buy it at santa monica trader joes

          1. Trader Joes Pasadena has it as well

            1. As many have mentioned, TJ's is your easiest source. Most of their stores usually carry both the regular and the Reserve side-by-side on the top shelf in their beer section. I personally don't find either beer has the same appeal as their homeland-brewed counterparts. I'm not sure what they're brewing in Canada, but it's not the same thing as in Japan. Maybe differences in sourcing one of the wort's components, or maybe even the yeast is local to Canada - I find the front palate not as bright and sweet, the back palate to be dull and the finish more bitter than the versions of Sapporo out of Hokkaido. Just the same, I think TJ's has the a great price on this product.

              Thumbs-up to Ciao Bob - I find these two - Orion and Echigo Koshihikari - to be true diplomats of Japan's (and Okinawa's) major beers, as they are a couple of only a small handful of the more major brewers' products offered in the States that are still brewed over there. Even with the slow boat ride across the Pacific, the pleasant mouthfeel, the sweeter front palate, and the smoother finish are spot-on. I consider these two beers to be food beers, as they tend to compliment, and not dominate, most meals. I think this is due to the fact that they have obviously been brewed to compliment a large range of Japanese dishes, which tend to have more subtle flavors.

              sel recommends Hitachino Nest brews which are true artisan beers. Crafting premium beers in smaller breweries is a more recent and far overdue change in Japan's beer industry. I think it had to do with a change in one of Japan's strict laws regulating the beer industry. Whatever the case, Hitachino has an extensive line of brews but the availability is somewhat limited, and the prices can be a little steep. I think their White Ale and Red Rice Ale are the most popular, but their Japanese Classic Ale is unique. You can actually pick up the aroma of cedar, which I'm guessing is from an initial brewing in cedar or hinoki casks. If you've ever had the chance to utilize a traditional Japanese bath, the tub and surrounding mats (and sometimes even the walls) are normally made of hinoki, which smells much like cedar. Aromas in the range of cedar are synonymous to comfort, warmth, and therapeutic bliss to most Japanese. I can see the strong attraction this beer would have to many in Japan. Over here, it might take some getting used to, but I found it very pleasant and refreshing.