At the Okinawa Food and Flower Festival, the newly renewed Nanto Brewery had a booth promoting their Okinawa Sango beers. Their new beers are made with water filtered with Okinawa corals. Previously, their beers (under the brand Nihede) were quite horrible. At first we walked by their tent, unconvinced, but then thought, with this new line… better give them another try, right? Especially since it was on draft.
So, my husband and I decided to go big and pay for the 1000yen, 4 beer sampler set. The set included:
Saison- I liked this one, but my husband does not like saison-style. This is a seasonal beer and not on their usual rotation.
IPA- We both agreed this was probably our favorite. Citrusy and refreshing. My husband does not usually like IPAs but he liked this one… I don’t think it really tasted much like an IPA, but either way, it was good.
ALT- I don’t know what exactly an alto German beer is, but it was a reddish-brown beer. Not bad.
Black Ale- my husband liked this one; I don’t like a lot of black ales, so this one was not really for me.
Overall, these beers were way better than their previous incarnation. That being said, I probably wouldn’t pay 500yen a bottle, but on draft… probably I would, if I was feeling fancy.
The Nanto brewery is located out of Okinawa World in Nanjo, so you can give them a visit.