A new Japanese restaurant is coming to town, and they’re bringing some delicious beer with them.  The grand opening of Kushi, a Japanese izakaya and sushi bar in Mount Vernon Square, will occur on Tuesday, March 2.  Kushi plans to serve a variety of grilled meats and vegetables, sushi, small batch sakes, shochu, and of course, beer.

Thom Flynn, the beverage director, tells me that they plan to offer four drafts to start, including Hitachino Nest White Ale, Samurai Rice Ale (Great Divide, CO), Kirin Ichiban, and Saporro. In the future, they hope to offer Hitachino Red Rice on draft, in place of the white ale, based on availability.

In bottles, Kushi will offer Asahi Super Dry (12oz & 21.4oz), Baird Beer Rising Sun IPA (Japan), Baird Beer Kurofune porter, Echigo Koshihikari, Echigo Stout, Hitachino Nest Classic Ale, Hitachino Nest  Ginger Brew, Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale, Kirin Light, Orion, Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale, Sapporo (22 oz silver can), Stella Artois, and one of my personal favorites, Rogue Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale.

Kushi will be looking to expand the list with more Japanese micro brews, based on availability.

Kushi is located at 465 K Street, NW, in the base of the City Vista building in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.eatkushi.com