Yes, I wish that a little elf would put bottles of Hitachino White Ale along the edges of my waterfall (although those pesky raccoons might steal the them) but I will have to do with the three places in LA that I've discovered carry this beer. Hey, I'm not complaining, I've been waiting a long time for this beer to hit this city.
I first had Hitachino Red Rice Ale in October '05 when I went to Momofuku Noodle Bar - the greatest ramen place on the face of the earth (see link to your right "Best Noodles on Earth"). I had one of the best meals of my life that night (this is saying a lot since I also went to Per Se during the same trip.)
You can find the White Ale and the Cedar Aged Ale at BottleRock, a new wine bar/store located at 3847 Main Street, Culver City, CA 90232. Vivacious Gourmet E and I discovered this place whilst shopping at the Culver City Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoon (it has just opened.) Unfortunately, I forgot my camera so I don't have pix that document our fabulous repast (will go back in near future so expect an entry for this place!)
You can find the Red Rice Ale at Wally's Wines located at 2107 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 www.wallywine.com
If you want some food to go along with your Hitachino beer try Buddha's Belly at 7475 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 www.bbfood.com
They only charge about $6 for a bottle (small) but it's a vast improvement over the $11 per bottle that I've paid at Momufuku Noodle Bar. I will be eating dinner at Buddha's Belly in a few weeks so expect a full report then!