The stout I've been served
over and over and over again is Guinness, a dry Irish stout
that's so commercial, you might as well have the Budweiser
frogs pitching it. Plenty swear by this brew.
I've had it repeatedly, brewed under license in more than a
dozen countries, and never have I willingly reached for a
But Hitachino's Espresso
Stout from Japan? I'd reach for another one right now if I had
one in my refrigerator. Like nearly all of Hitachino's
beers, this one has an unusual story. It uses an
imperial Russian stout as its base recipe. These
stouts were exported by the UK to the court of Catherine II
of Russia in the eighteenth century. Hitachino's
addition of the espresso beans adds another dimension to the
flavor and turns the drink into a refreshing addiction.