Cheap Beer That Doesn't Suck: Rogue Morimoto Beer
Or at least Masaharu Morimoto does. So the prodigiously talented Iron Chef teamed up with Oregon's Rogue brewery, makers of the tres excellent Dead Guy Ale ("When you're hot, sweaty and thirsty, nothing refreshes like an ice-cold Dead Guy") to produce three different beers to complement the cuisine that reigns supreme. They're all about $7 for 22 ounces.
Perhaps the most original of the three is the Hazelnut ale, a thick, malty, molasses-y brew with a sweetly nutty character... think a more savory Frangelico. Morimoto's Soba Ale has the light, hoppy aroma and flavor, plus a slight but pleasant bitterness on the finish, much like a typical wheat beer. Which it is, in a way, as its chief flavoring agent is roasted buckwheat. (You know, soba noodles.)
My fave, though, is the Black Obi Soba Ale. It's a big, bold fucker -- the color of ink at midnight -- redolent of caramel and nuts and vaguely burnt toast. Yet it's surprisingly light on the palate and finishes so crisp and clean that you could easily drink it when you're hot, sweaty, and thirsty.
Even if you do have an ice-cold Dead Guy lying around.