Sake News from Japan

Sake exports somehow kept rising in 2020!

Sake exports somehow kept rising in 2020!

The Japanese National Tax Agency, which oversees all alcohol production in Japan, released a report on 2020 alcohol exports in February 2021.  Coverage of exports has traditionally focused on sake’s long rise - increasing year on year from 2009 to 2019 - but there was...

The secret of Heiwa Shuzo’s success – people, and teamwork

The secret of Heiwa Shuzo’s success – people, and teamwork

Saiko Fukushima interviews Norimasa Yamamoto of Heiwa Shuzō for Nikkei Business, hot on the heels of their December win of Sake Brewery of the Year – the first brewery to win it twice after they won it in 2019 – and Champion Sake for Kid Muryōzan junmai ginjō in the...

A way to love the new normal – sake from a tap

A way to love the new normal – sake from a tap

The Agara Kii Minpo news service reports on a surprising contender for “new normal” – sake on tap, or more accurately serving sake by having it poured from a tap. Sake breweries are feeling the effect of the pandemic in the form of decreased demand, and a group of...

Love sake? But would you make it?

Love sake? But would you make it?

The Kochi Shinbun carries an article by Yūya Nitta [I think – couldn’t find the reading] on a brand new employee at the Suigei Shuzō sake brewery in the Nagahama area of Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture. Their new face is Sugimoto Naoto, aged 28. After shipping out its...

New Sake Samurai Xavier Thuizat on promoting sake in France

New Sake Samurai Xavier Thuizat on promoting sake in France

A press release on the Jiji.com site advertises the third in a series of online seminars aimed at those in the sake or hospitality industry, with sake qualifications or in relevant public/government roles. The first Sake Ambassador seminar featured Marie Chiba, known...

Sake combines with bean-to-bar chocolate

Sake combines with bean-to-bar chocolate

Fashion Press and Isuta both have articles on a new team-up between Japanese bean-to-bar chocolate maker Minimal and the Aramasa sake brewery. The fresh chocolate creation, released on 13 January 2021 at Minimal’s main shop in Setagaya and branch in Yoyogi-Uehara,...

A(nother) sake to impress wine drinkers

A(nother) sake to impress wine drinkers

An article in @press covers a new sake that goes the extra mile trying to imitate wine – including brewing with wine yeast. The Apero S junmai ginjō was conceived by a specialist wine shop to have a flavour profile that would amaze even professional wine sommeliers....

The unrecognised problem with sake – portability – solved

The unrecognised problem with sake – portability – solved

If you’ve ever found a bottle of sake too much trouble to take when you’re going hiking, camping or out for a BBQ, GO POCKET has you covered. Ignite Japan covers the new range of sake sold in small, lightweight and unbreakable pouches. When it’s cold, it’s only...

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