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bars serving hitachino beers in SF?

the other night on a trip to NYC i tried a hitachino red rice ale, from japan. i thought it was really unique and delicious, and i'm curious to try their other products when i get back home. does anyone know of any bars (even restaurant or hotel types) that serve up these beers in SF? a quick search shows that the monk's kettle has it according to their website. any others?

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      1. If you can't find it, check with the Toronado. They ttake requests.

        Might go hunting around Japantown.

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        Toronado Pub
        547 Haight St, San Francisco, CA

        1. that's the owl beer? city beer and healthy spirits carry various flavors.
          you can for sure drink at city beer for a $1 surcharge [?].
          i believe you can sit down at healthy spirits and drink there too.

          althought neither of these are bar/resto proper.
          [you can get food at both, but if you are looking for a real resto meal,
          and service and a crowd etc, that's not it].

          i dont really get why "beer people" have taken a liking to these.
          [beers i like include hacker-pschorr hefeweisse,, koningshoeven quadrupel,
          pliny the elder, celebrator, rodenbach, blanche de bruxelles, trappist westvleteren
          12 quadrupel].

          ok tnx.

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          1. re: psb

            Healthy Spirits carries the following from Hitachino as of last Sunday:

            in bombers:
            White Ale
            Red Rice Ale
            Japanese Classic Ale

            In small but expensive bottles:

            XH (aged in sake casks)
            Espresso Stout
            Ginger Brew

            I might be forgetting one but that's most of it.

          2. The LA Times mentioned this in a report on Japanese craft beers a while back. It said BevMo also carried it; though all the local branches were sold out of it for months after the article came out.

            http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jan/...

            http://www.latimes.com/features/print...