The beer painting of the day is of Kirin Ichiban. This is the oldest brewery in Japan. “Ichi” means first, and “ban” means best. The Beer Advocate community doesn’t think very highly of this beer, but I think it is a great refresher for a simple beer with simple meals. Also, it may be fresher here in Hawaii than on the East Coast, probably due to the high turnover from the large population of Asians here on the Island. This beer is normally pretty expensive, like Heineken or Bitburger, because it is considered an imported beer, but here on the Big Island this offering is affordable. Unlike most Japanese beers that are brewed with rice, just like Budweiser, Kirin is a crisp, clear, all-malt beer!
Well, I fly home tonight. I’ll be home painting new brews shortly. Looking forward to drinking craft beer that isn’t heat contaminated. Even Sierra Nevada Pale Ale tastes a little off here. The hops just can’t hang with a five day sail. Makes you wonder about the original IPA, and how much it must have sucked by the time it hit India.
Way to go Kirin! Loving the crisp taste of the ichiban beer of Japan! Especially here on the Big Island of Hawaii, which could totally use a few more craft breweries!