We’re back with a live beer tasting – Nest Beer Amber Ale

Hitachino Nest Beer Amber ale from the Kituchi Brewery Ibaraki, Japan. 5.5%.

“This amber ale is a reddish brown beer brewed with a rich malt and bitter hops. Please enjoy the well-balanced flavour and taste.”

Charlie says:

Perfect post-sushi beer for me. It’s light so feels perfect for summer time drinking, has a mildly bitter aftertaste which adds to the overall flavour.

We’re sharing one 500ml bottle between two, but definitely suitable for quaffing to oneself. Ruddy drinkable.

Ty says:

Little bit of a caramel taste to it. Not hoppy. It’s a nice amber ale.

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Next up, another Hitachino Nest. Japanese Classic Ale, matured in cedar casks. 7.5%.

“This Japanese classic ale is a recreation of the first Japanese beer made in the Edo period. Please enjoy the Japanese taste. Aged in cedar barrels like the old IPA style method from England.”

Charlie says:

A bit bitter for me on the first sip, but softens after that. Least favourite of the two, but would still order again.

Ty says:

I quite like it. Slight bitter note.

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Brighton Food Festival 2012 – beer festival at Vin Du Pub

Last night we went to our first event of the Brighton Food Festival and it began with ale. We were in the function room of the Vin Du Pub flanked by a reasonable selection of ales, from brewers such as Beachy Head and Dark Star.

£5 entrance fee got us our tasting glass (effectively a standard pint glass just with the extra/vital 1/3 pint measurement marked on) and a taste of one of the beers or ciders of our choice.

I started off on the lower alcohol ales, getting a 1/3 pint of Beachy Head’s The Legless Rambler which went down a treat. Ty hit the cider to start (all the cider was 7% or more) which had a strong strawberry flavour – I moved onto that one for dessert.

The other notable quaff was the Dark Star Revelation – this rounded off our time at Vin Du Pub in favour of hitting a new pub. The consensus in the group was that, although beer festivals are a great showcase for breweries and beers, the condition is sometimes a bit off. Some beers in particular could have done with being a little colder.

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So – thanks to a passionate local’s recommendation – we headed to The Cask just a couple of roads over. I think this pub had almost the same amount of beers available (certainly if you count the bottled beer) as the beer festival. Here I nursed a pint of Rabbit which was lovely – the gents hit the 10% ales and soon it was time to hit the sack.

There are plans to revisit The Cask, there are still so many things to try!