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Oct 2, 2008 02:39 PM

Hitachino Nest 2004 Celebration Ale

Very surprised to see this hit my local co-op. They started carrying their White Ale recently, but now the space reserved for it has been replaced by this nearly five-year old celebration ale. I bought one and haven't tried it yet.

Any Hitachino fans come across this particular ale at stores recently?

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  1. It is fantastic. Burnt orange color with nutmeg and spices. Hold onto it until the dead of Winter. Your local co-op may have been holding it because beers with higher alcohol content just improve with age.

    4 Replies
    1. re: kelarry

      That's good to know, as I was cynical regarding the reason a five-year old beer was making its way into Idaho, like someone somewhere was looking for a way to dump the stuff and decided to do it with a new vendor in a small isolated market. I guess I'll buy another bottle and save them for January! But once the supply is gone I sure hope the White Ale comes back, or even the Red Rice Ale which I seem to be in the minority in liking.

      1. re: nakni

        I was suprised to find Hitachino Nest and Red Rice at the local Whole Foods. I really wanted to like them, but they were just too sweet for my tastes. Still, I'd rather drink them than the Sapporo/Kirin that's brewed in North America. Those are too Budweiserey/Molsoney for me.

        I wish I could find Suntory Beer in America. Does anyone import the stuff? About the only Japanese-brewed beer I can find is Orion.

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          Orion <shudder>

          Suntory? Never seen their beer, even in Japanese markets. At least we get their whisky here. Actually I've never seen Hitachino at a Japanese market either. My last visit to one yielded Japanese-brewed Asahi (in large cans only), Asahi Kuronama black ale, Yebisu (made by Sapporo), and Echigo.

          1. re: nakni

            Suntory makes a wide variety of interesting beers.


            Unfortunately, it seems like they do not distribute in North America.


    2. That's really odd. I've only ever seen this beer when newly released. I would sample the one you have to make sure it's OK, and if it is, I would then buy several more to hold on to.