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?
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
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.
thanks everyone. i was already thinking i might just swing by city beer. oh and psb, i don't consider myself a "beer person," really. but i guess i do get bored with a lot of american craft beer, with bigger-is-better flavors. i thought the red rice ale had good but restrained flavors, so it caught my attention. i'm guessing i might see these more in restaurants than bars for now. when i get back to SF i'll go owl-hunting.
oh hey ... i am not really a "beer person" either, but i could see why people like
beer like Celebrator or why "beer people' were excitied about the greater availability
of say Pliny the Elder. I didnt get the excitment over the Owl Beers, but 1. i've only
tried maybe two 2. it was ok ... decent "hot weather outside beer" and 3. i'm sure this
says more about my failure-to-model "beer people" than anything about the acutal
quality of the beer ... it's a fairly pricey beer, so i think it is reasonble to grade pretty
hard and compare it against high end stuff, not Red Stripe.
i do like owls tho.
>american craft beer, with bigger-is-better flavors.
i know what you mean.