|Product Spotlight: Asabiraki Junmai Okarakuchi Suijin and Echigo Koshihikari Rice Lager|
|Asabiraki Junmai Okarakuchi Suijin // Echigo Koshihikari Rice Lager|
Continuing our journey deep into the Kumo Izakaya drinks menu we have another Sake and Beer we'd love to tell you about!
Asabiraki Junmai Okarakuchi Suijin
We're calling this sake the Izakaya Master! This is a wonderful example of a very versatile dinning sake that can be enjoyed with a variety of Izakaya style dishes. It's subtle nose doesn't compete for attention, but I got a hint of coconut milk. There is very short hit of richness at the front of the palate that is quickly followed by a short dry tail. We'll definitely be enjoying this with our Kumo Izakaya signature pork belly pie.
Koshihikari Echigo Beer
We really like the light crispness of this beer that is typical of clean Japanese lagers. Goes down a treat on hot summer afternoons with most Izakaya dishes, especially great whilst snacking on our barley miso and tofu filled crispy sticks
Koshihikari Echigo beer is a rice lager style beer that uses super premium short grain rice called Koshihikari. Produced in ideal rice growing region of Niigata prefecture, koshihikari is known to be the best quality rice in Japan. The flavour of this premium beer can only be made with this rice. Out of all ingredients, rice is used 20% when common beer is around 4%.
Using the time consuming decoction method which originated in Germany, Echigo delivers sweetness of the Koshihikari rice to satisfy even the non dry beer drinkers. The brewery holds the high standards when selecting the koshihikari rice, to assure the exquisite flavour outcome. Using 100% malt and nongenetically-modified beer yeast, Echigo beer produces a high quality beer that cannot be imitated.
The beer comes in a very traditionally Japanese looking bottle. Most of the writing is in Japanese on the bottle and the labels has a water colour on it of some people picking rice in a field. It almost look like a sake bottle than a beer bottle.
It's a pale golden pour that comes out of the bottle, with a strong head that quickly fades. There's a slightly acidic tang to the regular lager flavour, which you probably wouldn't notice too much if you weren't on the look out for it.