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  • Hitachino Nest White Ale

    Hitachino Nest White Ale

    Hitachino Nest White Ale is brewed in the tradition of a Belgian style white beer with coriander, nutmeg, orange peel and orange juice. 

    Refreshing, mildly hopped with a complex flavour it is one of Hitachino's top-selling beers in Japan and the USA.

    • ABV: 5.5%
    • Size (Bottles): 12 x 330ml
    • Draught: 20 litre keg (key keg coupler)
    • Style: White Ale
  • Hitachino Nest Red Rice

    Hitachino Nest Red Rice

    Complex Sake-like flavours with a malt sweet notes with hints of strawberries in the nose and palate. Brewed with special red rice (also called "ancient rice" in Japan) an intriguing mix of Sake, malt and bitter notes to finish.

    • ABV: 7.0%
    • Size (Bottles): 24 x 330ml
    • Style: Red Rice Ale
  • Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale

    Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale

    Hitachino Japanese Classic Ale is brewed following the original India Pale Ale brought to Japan in the 19th century . It is slowly matured in Cedar casks which are commonly used in the brewing of traditional Japanese sake.

    • ABV: 7.5%
    • Size (Bottles): 24 x 330ml
    • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Hitachino Nest Saison Du Japon

    Hitachino Nest Saison Du Japon

    Pour this cloudy and warm gold coloured beer to release a heady array of aromas that sway from yuzu citrus and banana to peppery tones, with a light sourness and sweet notes.Funky yeast is most definitely present and, although not what one would expect from a traditional european saison, this is a brilliant interpretation of the style.

    • ABV: 5.0%
    • Size (Bottles): 24 x 330ml
    • Style: Saison

Hitachino Nest At A Glance

Brew Your Own

Brew Your Own

For most of us, creating your own original beer is something we can only dream about but visitors to the Kiuchi Brewery can get a hand from the award-winning HITACHINO NEST brewers. 

Brewing usually takes around half a day, with the finished bottles (small batch brewing, so only around 45 bottles) ready in around three weeks.



The distinctive HITACHINO NEST owl logo originates from the Japanese village of Kounosu where the beers are brewed.

In a literal translation, Kounosu means "nest".

Kiuchi Brewery

Kiuchi Brewery

The Kiuchi Brewery was established in 1823 by Kiuchi Gihei, the headman of Kounosu village. His family was collecting rice from farmers as land taxes for the Mito Tokugawa family and began his brewery with the idea of using the remaining rice stocks from the warehouse.  

In the 1950's, Mikio Kiuchi inherited the brewery legacy. It was the time when the sake industry flourished as the rapid growth of Japan's economy after the World War II. Although many sake breweries started mass producing low quality sake due to increased demand, Kiuchi Brewery maintained their policy of pursuing the best quality of sake with the optimum ingredients and craftsmanship.

In 1996, Kiuchi started brewing HITACHINO NEST BEER and, in subsequent years, has gained international acclaim and winning numerous awards.