Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale and Sushi
How could I not try Hitachino Nest’s Real Ginger Ale (formerly Real Ginger Brew) without the requisite sushi platter? I wanted a relatively light and relaxing lunch so I got a platter of cheap sushi (California maki, kani and tamago) from a hole-in-the-wall Japanese restaurant near my house, food safety be damned. This was an enjoyable lunch for me notwithstanding the subpar quality of the sushi. The bright array of colors from the sushi, the bottle and the beer itself made my day. The beer effervescent with a wispy thin head, and tasted light and refreshing – but with a hint of the booziness that I’ve come across with the stronger Hitachino Nest offerings. It was sweet and spicy with a distinct ginger flavor. I didn’t really get much hops in both the nose and the taste, but I assume they were there, as I was lulled into a nice siesta right after lunch.
I can’t wait to try this ginger ale with top-grade sushi from some of the fine Japanese restaurants in Little Tokyo, but I think their beer selection is limited to SMB draft, Kirin and Asahi. In the meantime, I’ll be sure to try this with the creative “crazy maki”-style offerings at Katsu in the Fort and order the HN Real Ginger Ale from the Tasting Corner at Craft.