Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout

Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout

I’m away this weekend visiting family in Charleston, South Carolina, so this is going to be a super-quick review, but I just tried a delicious brew while at dinner and had to share.

We were out at a great sushi bar in North Charleston, and instead of grabbing a Kirin, I decided to opt for Kiuchi Brewery’s Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout. I literally had no clue what to expect, as in my experience, Japanese beer tends to be a little flavorless.

Good surprise for me, then, this brew was absolutely outstanding. It pours out jet black, with just a tiny little cream-colored foam crown. I got tons of coffee on the aroma, with some hints of roasted malts in the background. That aroma pretty much directly translated to the flavor, starting with a pure espresso taste before transitioning into a semi-sweet dark chocolate and ending on a roasted malt end note.

I really liked this brew, and would definitely recommend checking it out. The espresso and chocolate flavors are a little intense, so I don’t think I could drink a whole sixer, but a few of them are definitely a great idea!

Stone Go To IPA

Stone Go To IPA

Well, I’m back to having LIBA website traffic issues. At the beginning of April I saw an absolutely dramatic drop-off in visits. It would seem that I’ve been horrifically demoted on Google, but for the life of me I cannot figure out why. The usual debugging is going on: Search Engine Optimization, site performance, Google Webmaster Tools, etc etc. Mind numbing and REALLY obnoxious. I’m [--] this close to paying someone to figure it out.

I’m drowning my webmaster sorrows in a bottle of Stone Go To IPA, which I scooped up at Julio’s earlier this week. It came highly recommended by the beer staff. In true Stone fashion, the beer is mega hoopy. I get a mix of tropical citrus and pine, which teeters firmly over to the “mother of God, this is hoppy” zone. The flavors are unique, and make the beer worth trying if you’re into hop-bomb American IPAs.

-Lost