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looking for hitachino xh (or any) in austin

wastelandmanstan Oct 24, 2010 07:40 PM

hey all
ive been here in austin for a few weeks now and havnt been able to find my absolute favorite beer ever made: hitachino XH. ive tried central market, whole foods, and only a few small specialty beer distributors. any one know where i can find the owl?

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    brentwood Oct 25, 2010 04:57 PM

    Almost every import/craft beer that makes it to Austin is distributed by Ben E Keith. Maybe give them a call? http://greatbrewers.com/ben-e-keith-a...

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      abd Oct 25, 2010 11:07 AM

      According to BeerAdvocate (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...), the beer is retired and no longer brewed.

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        dinaofdoom Oct 25, 2010 12:06 PM

        oh well that would explain why it's not at whole foods...

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          puddles Oct 25, 2010 12:46 PM

          As in XH is retired, or Hitachino is done? I'm not seeing where they say anything on the subject on that link.

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            verily Oct 25, 2010 12:53 PM

            The beer doesn't look retired to me... The Hitachino Nest XH has reviews as recent as 10/18.

        2. dinaofdoom Oct 25, 2010 09:16 AM

          i've bought it several times at whole foods downtown.
          maybe call them to see if they are getting a delivery soon?

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            puddles Oct 25, 2010 12:43 PM

            Whoa! WF was stocking Hitachino? I need to investigate. I looked hard in Austin for Hitachino Nest and came up empty. I was told the stuff wasn't labeled for distro in Texas, thanks to some arcane TABC requirements. I ended up paying exorbidant ammounts of money to order it extra-legally from some distributor in Iowa.

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            verily Oct 25, 2010 08:59 AM

            I'm not familiar with this one, but you might want to give these places a phone call and see if they might have it:

            Spec's (any of them)
            Grapevine Market

            All of them carry an extensive beer selection, so your chances are greater (although ultimately the distributor comes into play here).

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