Sake News from Japan

Wine made with sake yeast

Wine made with sake yeast

The Nikkei newspaper features a new product sold by wine importer and retailer 21 Community in Minato Ward, Tokyo – a Chilean wine called Gin no Shizuku (ぎんの雫, Goutte d’Argent) made with sake yeast. There are very few wines made with sake yeast. The wine is on sale in...

Sake goes West – seafood pairing in L.A.

Sake goes West – seafood pairing in L.A.

Kanako Chitose, writing for Nikkan Sports, reports from Los Angeles on a sake tasting filled with surprises. JFOODO, charged with promoting Japanese food overseas, teamed up with the New York Times newspaper for a one night only special event in Hollywood showcasing...

Distill to revive? New way to help old breweries

Distill to revive? New way to help old breweries

News2u.net announced the launch of a new sake-based drink – “Purified Spirit” or jōchū (浄酎), made from sake that has been distilled [浄溜 instead of蒸留, using a pun on the characters for ‘purified’ and ‘receiver’] and matured in wooden barrels. Distilling the sake is...

Survival in the brave new world of sake (2/2)

Survival in the brave new world of sake (2/2)

The Gendai IsMedia Finance/Business section features a long interview with Chōbe Yamamoto, 13th generation head of Yuchō Shuzō. Journalist Haruo Isshi asks him what the brewery has done to survive, and what he thinks the future holds. Isshi points out that quirky...

Survival in the brave new world of sake (1/2)

Survival in the brave new world of sake (1/2)

The Gendai IsMedia Finance/Business section features a long interview with Chōbe Yamamoto, 13th generation head of Yuchō Shuzō. Journalist Haruo Isshi asks him what the brewery has done to survive, and what he thinks the future holds. Isshi opens the article by...

Do you know how many people know Sake Day?

Do you know how many people know Sake Day?

The Kankō Keizai Shinbun (Tourism Economics Newspaper) surveyed 100 people online between 16-22 October and asked them if they knew about days celebrating various forms of alcohol in Japan. The survey was only given to people who said they drank alcohol. Do you know...

The uni that benefits sake students long after graduation (2/2)

The uni that benefits sake students long after graduation (2/2)

Continuing with a long and fascinating article from Nikkei Business Farm about one sake brewer network you might not have heard of - the Tokyo University of Agriculture. Total exports of sake in 2018 hit JPY 22.2 billion, setting a new record for the ninth year in a...

The uni that benefits sake students long after graduation (1/2)

The uni that benefits sake students long after graduation (1/2)

Nikkei Business Farm has a long and fascinating article about one sake brewer network you might not have heard of - the Tokyo University of Agriculture. The total value of exported sake reached JPY 22.2 billion in 2018, an increase of 19% on the previous year. Volume...

Flooding damages Fukushima brewery

Flooding damages Fukushima brewery

Jiji.com reports that many breweries were affected by flooding caused by typhoon 19 (Hagibis), which left brewing rice and facilities underwater and at least one brewery owner unsure if they could resume operations. While his heart sank when he realised the extent of...

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