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Oct 15, 2008 04:22 PM

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.

        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.