Let me describe to you my perfect day: Wake up late, eat breakfast, drive to the coast, lie on the beach in the sun for a few hours, go and eat some ridculously fresh sashimi coupled with a unique Japanese brew, go back to the beach, drive home, find out that the beer drunk at lunch is from the epic list…
I didn’t even have to make this glorious day up, it actually happened to me! The beach was Mooloolaba, the Sashimi was from Sakana at the Spit, and the beer, which turned out to be number 144 off the epic list, was the Kinshachi Nagoya Red Miso Lager.
What’s on the bottle?
This label is wickedly cool! So cool that I took the bottle home with me…or maybe it was just drawn to me, because it knew it was on the list? Lucky too, because on closer inspection it’s got some interesting things hidden on there. The label is gold (awesome!), with a bunch of black silohuette pictures on it; twin dragons, Nagoya Castle, and four different Japanese meals. Yeah, meals – Tebasaki (fried chiken) Misonikomi Udon (a noodle dish), Akamiso (Red miso) and Ebi-furai (Fried Prawns). I can only assume that these are the recomended food pairings for this beer? If so, that a cool way of putting the suggestions out there.
What’s in the bottle?
Since I didn’t realise this was on the list until after I got home, the flavors of this brew had long left my tongue behind. From memory it was pretty awesome – the malt was sweet and dominant, and the miso really kicked in at the end with a cool ‘miso soup’ flavour. There was a hint of saltiness too, which balanced the sweet malt well. There were points that I also thought the beers sweetness may be partially from the miso, in a ‘sweet bean paste’ kind of way. But I really don’t like sweet bean paste (I’m telling you, it does NOT count as a dessert!) so I dismissed this thought as craziness.
The final thoughts for this one are simple – if you ever find yourself in Mooloolaba, get some Sashimi from Sakana, and match it with this beer (I know, there’s no Sashimi matched on the beer label, so just take my word for it). Just be prepared for the price; my Sashimi was a reasonable $23, whereas a 330ml bottle of this beer was $18. Pricey, yes, but it was well worth it to make my day perfect.
Fact from the book…
Many in the Kinshachi Brewery held concerns about putting red miso in a beer. Some thought that it would impart too much of a salty flavour, while others thought the idea was just too radical. Lucky no one listened to them…