I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Kirin. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
I don't know about you guys, but I could eat sushi for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if it was readily available. I love it. And I'll eat every single kind, too. Raw fish? Love it. And the best part is, unless you eat an insane amount, you never feel that "I'm so full I can't move" feeling. Yeah, some of the rolls aren't great for you, but if you stick to the rice, seaweed, raw fish, and veggies, it's a pretty nutritious meal! Not to mention it's the perfect thing to eat on Fridays in Lent when you can't eat meat.
So now that we've established that I'm basically a sushi connesseur, we'll move on to another thing I'm an expert on: beer.
I seriously love beer and except for my beloved margaritas, it's typically my alcoholic drink of choice. While I'll drink almost anything from a Corona to a Guinness, I'm definitely more of a light beer kinda girl. When I was approached with the opportunity to try Kirin, I jumped at the chance. I mean once I like a type of beer it's very hard for me to stray from it and try new things. So the thought of trying a Japanese beer? Never would've crossed my mind. Now that I've tried it (quite a few times at this point), it is for sure on my list of favorite beers. Kirin Ichiban is rich with a very subtle hops taste, and Kirin Light is the perfect pale, crisp beer with a little more of an understated taste.
While sampling the beer I attempted to make sushi, and it actually wasn't a total fail! The sushi-making was seriously so fun, even though it didn't turn out as nice as they make it in restaurants ;) But it definitely tasted good! I opted for a California roll, which contains avocado, cucumber, and crab. This is one of the more basic rolls and perfect for those of you that are a little wary about eating raw fish.
Dipped it in a little soy sauce and tasted just like a roll you'd order at a restaraunt! Not bad, huh?
Celeb chef Candice Kumai has partnered with Kirin to bring Japanese-style beer to the growing Asian cuisine movement. Kirin Ichiban and Kirin Light are perfect to pair with asian dishes, and their clean, fresh taste only enhances your meal. I would definitely recommend pairing Kirin Light with light meals like sushi, and Kirin Ichiban with heavier dishes like some of the awesome recipes that Kirin shares on their Facebook page. Plus, remember how we talked about how sushi can be a yummy and healthy meal? Well pairing Kirin Light with it only tacks on 95 calories per bottle! If you ask me, that's a great excuse to have more than one.....
Do you like sushi? Make sure to pair it with a bottle of Kirin next time!