The time I recently spent in Ise was directed mainly at seeing and drinking Isekadoya beer. I have always thought pretty highly of Isekadoya and I’ll get to them in a future post. The most surprising find of the weekend was a brewery I’d never heard of, though.
Hosokawa Shuzo Sake and Beer brewery makes Ise No Kuni Beer. When my friends and I happened upon them in a shop we were a bit surprised to see beer none of us had any idea existed so we naturally picked up a few bottles each. While the beer wasn’t that amazing it was nice to see another brewery in the area producing drinkable beer.
The dunkel was a little too vegetal for my liking. Still, it had an overall nice caramel maltiness that made it a pretty nice drink. The helles was quite nice and the better of the two. Grassy hops and a nice malty flavor with a medium body made for a good brew. I don’t know if I’d pick up the dunkel again but I’d go back for another round with the helles. I do love those little breweries.
On the web: Hosokawa Shuzo