Breweries "Visited"

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Gotta Say, Today Was a Good Day

Beer #117 Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale / Kiuchi Brewery, Naka-shi, Japan

Not a bad way to spend a day off - not only is it Marci's birthday (yay!), and not only was the weather great, but The Franklin Institute broke ground on their long awaited building expansion today!  Details are HERE, but it's going to be awesome, and my incredibly super talented wife organized the ground breaking ceremony.  Instead of gold shovels in the ground, the ceremony today involved robots, explosions, hydrogen, nitrogen, and enough confetti to make me glad I wasn't the one cleaning up the mess.  Good work, Marci - job well done!  Can't wait to see the party when the new building opens....

The remainder of the day was spent eating and drinking.  I wish I was exaggerating, that's all we ended up doing.  A ten course lunch at Amada (with sangria) was followed by afternoon drinks at The Boilermaker, a new bar at 11th and Walnut in Philly.  Yes, you can get a traditional boilermaker (a shot and a beer), although they have some more exotic combinations beyond the standard PBR & bottom shelf whiskey.  This bar isn't "officially" open yet; their grand opening happens next Wednesday if you're interested.  Great list of domestic craft beers on draft and by bottle.  Evening was closed out with dinner at Fellini's in Berwyn, which is clearly our favorite restaurant of all time.  Not a bad day, my friends.  Not bad at all.

One of the beers from today at The Boilermaker was the Red Rice Ale from Hitachino Nest, courtesy of the Kiuchi Brewery.  A Belgian strong pale ale.... from Japan?  Yep, believe it.  It poured an amber color with a barely there head.  Your nose picks up the aroma of malt, and when you drink it you get flavors of sweet malt, earthy grains, and a hint of bitterness.  Dry finish on this one.  In all, a very good beer well worth your time if you're in the market for a Belgian strong pale ale.

Marci has previously sampled this brewery, and her review can be found HERE.  For those of you on acid right now, I encourage you to check out this Hitachino Nest website.  And to all a good night.

Is that Sasquatch or today's beer? Damn camera phone.

Thing to Think About Today:
Look, if we're talking about a good day, let's all think about having A GOOD DAY.  You know what I'm talking about here:

For those of you wondering, and I know you are - Ice Cube's "Good Day" has been mathematically proven to be January 20, 1992.  Unless, of course, it was actually November 30, 1988.  Was there a second shooter from the grassy knoll?  Hard to say.

Regardless, today was a good day.  Hopefully tomorrow, you won't need to use your AK.

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