Introducing Hitachino

5 June 2013

Hitachino nest logo


In 1996, Kiuchi started beer brewing, naming the brand “HITACHINO NEST BEER” with the unique owl character logo. (Kounosu, the village where the beers are brewed, means ‘nest’).

The Kiuchi Brewery was established in 1823 by Kiuchi Gihei, the headman of Kounosu village. While collecting rice from local farms as a land tax for the Tokugawa regime he began brewing sake (rice liquor) with left over rice stocks.

The following beers will be available (24x330ml):

Hitachino Nest White Ale (5.5% abv)
Refreshing, mildly hopped Belgian-styled beer with a complex flavour of coriander, orange peel and nutmeg. One of Hitachino's top-selling beers in Japan and the USA.

Hitachino Nest Amber Ale (5.5% abv)
Reddish brown beer brewed with rich malt and bitter hops. An easy drinking medium bodied Amber ale with perfect bitter-sweet balance.

Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale (7.5%)
Complex Sake-like flavours with a malt sweet notes. Hints of strawberries in the nose and palate. An intriguing mix of Sake, malt and bitter notes to finish.

Hitachino Nest Japanese ClassicAle (5.5% abv)
Fine creamy head, medium-bodied feel with sweet bitter taste, a unique note of cedar and complex spicy yet mild aroma of British traditional hops.


For enquiries about Hitachino Nest beers, please contact James Clay on 01422 377 560.