Sake News from Japan

Marie Chiba, Riedel and more at pairing sessions in Tokyo

Marie Chiba, Riedel and more at pairing sessions in Tokyo

The Ryokō Shimbun (“Travel Times”) covers a series of seminars held on 18 November 2020 at the Chinaznso Hotel under the auspices of the Tokyo-based Sake Service Institute [SSI, 日本酒サービス研究会・酒匠研究会連合会], a well-known sake promotion and education group. The seminars were...

Yamagata brewery wins for best results over 20 years

Yamagata brewery wins for best results over 20 years

The Shokuhin Sangyō Shinbunsha reports on the results of the 20th U.S. National Sake Appraisal, announced on 23 October 2020. The oldest sake competition outside of Japan attracted 176 entries to its Daiginjo A division (milled to 40% or less), 87 to the Daiginjo B...

A sake taking a name from and giving back to the local environment

A sake taking a name from and giving back to the local environment

The Project Nikkei environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) site reports on a new sake with a very specific cause – preserving the Ōze marshland. The Ōze National Park contains Japan’s largest mountainous wetland area, which is justly famous for its plant...

Kura Master 2020 winners and statistics

Kura Master 2020 winners and statistics

PR Times carries a press release for the recent announcement of the President’s Prize and Jury Prizes for Kura Master 2020. Judging went ahead in Paris on 31 August, where a jury of 51 top sommeliers, including four awarded the prestigious French title meilleur...

One Hida brewery thinking its way through the pandemic

One Hida brewery thinking its way through the pandemic

Goo News reports on a 150 year old sake brewery and the single-minded determination and inventiveness they’re using to overcome the second great threat in their history - the pandemic. Watanabe Shuzōten in Hida, Gifu Prefecture are the long-established makers of...

A new owner for an old brewing license in Yamaguchi

A new owner for an old brewing license in Yamaguchi

Hiroki Itō reports for Asahi Digital on an old-but-new Yamaguchi brewery. Kodama Shuzō was founded 150 years ago in Kikugawa, Shimonoseki but stopped brewing around 2005 when ageing staff could no longer keep production running. The company kept on shipping their...

The rise and rise of non-alcoholic everything, including sake

The rise and rise of non-alcoholic everything, including sake

Excite News carries an article by Takamasa Kujirai charting the popularity and evolution of non-alcoholic drinks. A lot of the article is about beer and chūhai, but I still found it worth translating to get an idea of what wider concerns the sake industry is – or is...

Big brewery turns to biotechnology to knock out off-flavours

Big brewery turns to biotechnology to knock out off-flavours

The Kochi Shinbun carries a story about a new yeast developed by brewing giant Gekkeikan for a new junmai entry in their THE SHOT series of 180 ml bottled sake. While many sake breweries are small (tiny) family-owned and run businesses, a handful – including Gekkeikan...

A sake to warm your winter nights

A sake to warm your winter nights

PR Times carries a press release for THE KAN, a sake made to be drunk like a coffee. Its dry version was very popular when released last year, so Yama no Kotobuki Shuzō have brought it back this year as a way to spend a cosy night in with some atsukan [熱燗, sake heated...

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