Hitachino Nest Beer and Kiuchi no Shizuku
Japan's Kiuchi Brewery isn't limited to the excellent Hitachino line of beers. In addition to a beer distillate-plum wine mashup and a sake, it makes the spirit Kiuchi no Shizuku from its flagship Belgian-style wheat, Nest Beer. The spirit undergoes two rounds of distilling and oak-barrel aging. The result is similar to Dutch genever, the earthy precursor to gin. Enjoy them side by side, slowly.