Kiuchi Brewery
Ibaraki, Japan

Kiuchi Brewery website



Hitachino Nest BeerHitachino Nest Beer

In autumn 1996, Kiuchi Brewery started their beer brewing business and named the brand Hitachino Nest Beer with the unique owl character logo.Over the years, Kiuchi Brewery has gained local and worldwide attention by winning awards at numerous world beer competitions


White AleHitachino Nest White Ale
Country: Japan
Style: Belgian Style White Ale
Malts: Pilsner, Wheat
Hops: Perle, Styrian Goldings
Spices: Coriander, Nutmeg, Orange Peel
IBU: 13
Alcohol by Volume: 5%
Format: 24 x 330ml, 12 x 720ml bottles and 30L kegs when available
Availability: Regularly stocked
Tasting Notes: Aroma
of orange and citrus fruit fills the nose, along with coriander. Very classic wit aroma. A refreshing mildly hopped Belgian styled beer with a complex flavour of coriander, orange peel, nutmeg. The finish has taste of orange peel, spicy clove, and ginger all mixed together along with a slight malt sweetness.





Japanese Classic AleHitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale
Country: Japan
Style: Japanese IPA matured in Cedar casks
Malts: Marris Otter, Munich, Crystal
Hops: Chinook, Fuggle, Kent Golding
IBU: 41
Alcohol by Volume: 7%
Format: 24 x 330ml, 30L kegs when available
Availability: Regularly stocked
Tasting Notes:
Bottle-conditioned fine creamy head on top. Medium bodied feel with sweet bitter taste. It has a unique note of cedar and complex spicy yet mild aroma of British traditional hops such as Kent Goldings and Challenger.







Espresso StoutHitachino Nest Espresso Stout
Country: Japan
Style: Russian Imperial Stout brewed with coffee beans
Malts: Black, Roasted, Chocolate, Pale, Caramel
Hops: Saphir, Northern Brewer
IBU: 45
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Format: 24 x 330ml, 30L kegs when available
Availability: Regularly stocked
Tasting Notes:
Pitch
black appearance, with a big brown head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted bitterness, black currants, dark fruits.Caramel, roasted, black and chocolate malts provide an explosion of coffee like flavors. The strong espresso character comes from the addition of espresso beans to the boil. There are notes of vanilla, dark fruit, cocoa and chocolate. Smooth and slightly bitter finish.


Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
Country: Japan
Style: Red Rice Ale
Malts: Pilsner
Adjuncts: Red Rice, Flaked Barley
Hops: Chinook
IBU: 26
Alcohol by Volume: 7%
Format: 24 x 330ml, 30L kegs when available
Availability: Regularly stocked
Tasting Notes:
Complex sake like flavours with malt sweet notes. Hints of strawberries on the nose and palate. An intriguing mix of sake, malt and bitter notes in the finish.







Real Ginger BrewHitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew
Country: Japan
Style: Real Ginger Ale
Malts: Marris Otter, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate
Hops: Chinook, Perle, Styrian Golding
Spices: Raw Ginger
IBU: 18
Alcohol by Volume: 7%
Format: 24 x 330ml, 30L kegs when available
Availability: Regularly stocked
Tasting Notes:
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew is brewed with raw ginger, and has complex flavours & aromas of ginger, citrus, and malt which pair-up beautifully with spicy dishes such as prawn salad, Indian, Thai and Vietnamese food (spiced with lime, tamarind, cilantro, chillies), crab cakes and others.



XH Extra HighHitachino Nest XH
Country: Japan
Style: Belgian-style Brown Ale
Malts: Marris Otter, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate
Hops: Chinook, Styrian Golding
IBU: 44
Alcohol by Volume: 8%
Format: 24 x 330ml, 30L kegs when available
Availability: Limited
Tasting Notes:
Hitachino Nest XH(Extra High) is a strong Belgian Brown Ale, matured in shochu (distilled sake) casks.
Maturation in stainless steel tanks: three weeks
Maturation in shochu casks: three months 








Sweet StoutHitachino Nest Sweet Stout

Country: Japan
Style: Sweet (Lacto) Stout
Malts: Marris Otter, Wheat, Crystal
Adjuncts: Roasted Barley, Lactose
Hops: Kent Golding
IBU: 15
Alcohol by Volume: 4%
Format: 24 x 330ml, 30L kegs when available
Availability: Seasonally
Tasting Notes:
Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout is one of the last, true examples of this classic beer style, which was first documented in the 1900s in England. The nutritional value of lactose, a by-product of cheese making, is widely credited in the further development of this style throughout the 20th and 21st century, in particular during and after both world wars. As milk sugars are not fermentable by beer yeast, sweet stouts are characterised by their low level of alcohol (around 3.5% ABV), rather modest carbonation, and hints of sweetness on the palate and finish. The rise of mass produced beers in the later part of the 20th century, however, caused the demise of this classic style.

Authentic milk sugar (95% of lactose is milk sugar), about 10% of total grain bill, is added to the boil -- 10 minutes into it. Kent Goldings hops are used. A fermentation period of about 10 days and a maturation time of three more weeks conclude the brewing of Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout.

Commemorative AleHitachino Nest Commemorative Ale
Country: Japan
Style: Eisbock
Malts: Marris Otter, Wheat, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate
Hops:
Styrian Golding, Tettnang, Hallertau, Saaz
IBU: 28
Alcohol by Volume: 8%
Format: 24 x 330ml, 30L kegs when available
Availability: Beginning of the New Year
Tasting Notes:
Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale is brewed in tradition of a true Eisbock where the brew is concentrated by allowing the water to freeze (but not the alcohol). It is a full bodied beer with sweet wheat flavour and beautiful dense foam. Pleasant bitterness and unique spicy aroma with Orange Peel, Coriander, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Vanilla Beans.




NipponiaHitachino Nest Nipponia
Country: Japan
Style: Traditional Ale
Malts:
Kaneko Golden
Hops: Sorachi Ace
IBU: 22
Alcohol by Volume: 6.5%
Format: 12 x 550ml bottles, 30L kegs when available
Availability: Rare
Tasting Notes:
This new “barley malt” (cross pollination between the European “Golden Melon” and the Japanese barley malt “Shikoku”) disappeared a “relatively long time ago” (about 50 years ago).
A few years ago Mr.Kiuchi acquired 16 seeds from the Department of Agricultural History in Japan. He started to plant those 16 seeds {on a 2 square foot area!} about 5 years ago. After the first harvest they planted all new seeds again....and did the same the next year and the following .
Finally, last year’s harvest yielded enough “Kaneko Golden Malt” to brew the first batch of “Ancient Nipponia” (along with the historic Sorachi Ace hops).

Click here to visit the dedicated Nipponia Website

 

 
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