March 14, 2011
Fans of Hitachino Nest ale, time to stock up

PHOTO CREDIT: A bottle of Hitachino Nest White Ale on the bar at Morgan's Bar and Grill. Casey Mar, Sacramento Bee.

By Chris Macias

If you're a huge fan of Hitachino Nest beers like I am, now's the time to start stocking up on these Japanese ales. In a move to help with disaster relief efforts, Kiuchi Brewing - the company behind Hitachino Nest - has suspended beer production and will focus on bottling water for the near future. In an e-mail sent by the importers of Hitachino Nest to the BeerAdvocate forum, it was also reported that some damage was sustained at the brewery and imports will likely be disrupted for months.

That means it's time to savor a Hitachino Nest XH, a full-bodied Belgian-strong style ale that's been aged in sake casks. We'll also miss that citrus-y and spicy touch with the Hitachino Nest White Ale for time being, but also realize there are more pressing issues in this world than the ability to grab a brewski.

Meanwhile, I've been checking with local distributors of Japanese food to see how the earthquake has effected their business. Check tomorrow's Bee for the scoop on that.

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