We were very lucky to be offered this one-off brew from Hitachino Brewery in Ibaraki, Japan. The story behind this beer is an extraordinary example of turning lemons into lemonade. Hitachino had to be evacuated due to the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. The brewers had to abandon a batch of Hitachino XH that was in the mash and boiling process. When they returned three days later the plan was to dump the batch and start over again, though the brewmaster decided to taste the abandoned brew and the staff were very excited about what they found. The mash continued to naturally ferment and due to the cold temperatures caused by the natural disaster it was kept at bay. Because of these uncontrollable forces a very unique hybrid was born due to the wild fermentation.
3 Days is medium brown in color with a grassy aroma. The best description we could come up with would be somewhere between a witbier and a saison, though with a subtle hop bite and hint of earthy yeasts. Despite the brown hue the mouthfeel is light to medium with a nice clean finish. Only 8,000 bottles were produced and only 5,000 were allotted to the United States. We are hoping to get in another case before it is, currently there is about half a case left. Come and grab some before it is gone forever!