Orion Ichiban Sakura

Yes, yet another beer post. But I came across this number today and felt compelled to write about it.

sakuraOrion Draft, the flagship brew of Okinawa-based Orion Breweries, has long been available here on the mainland via some devilish partnership with Asahi. I personally seldom drink the stuff, not because it’s a bad beer, but because it doesn’t have a lot of character. The same cannot be said, however, of Orion’s latest entry into their lineup, Ichiban Sakura.

Touting itself as being made of “All malt & aroma hop,” Ichiban Sakura hits the tongue like a regular if somewhat smooth pilsener — and then the aromatic hops kick in, giving it a wonderful fruity aftertaste. I finished the can almost immediately and then turned around to go get another.

So far, I’ve seen Ichiban Sakura only at 7-11, which would be the place to go to if you’re interested in trying the stuff for yourself. Both the can and the official site indicate that it’s a limited-edition seasonal beer — which makes this sort of an odd season to release it in, given that this would make the perfect summer beer, light and refreshing. 7-11 prices it at 215 yen for a 350 mL can, making it the same price as, yet far more drinkable than, Kirin and its bastard kin.

The web site notes you should buy quickly, because once Orion reaches their production quota, the beer will be no more. I’ve already stocked my fridge with it.

3 Responses

  1. I live in Okinawa but have been in the states for the last month. I didnt know anything about the Ichiban Sakura, but I will definitely be on the hunt for it now. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Whatever!
    Can we now please get back to the topic of George Takei?!

  3. This really is good stuff. I have had it a few times after work. It hits the spot after a long day.

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