The Sake Experience is back for EAT-JAPAN Live 2019 with some fantastic breweries and incredible sakes for you to sample, and experts on hand to tell you more about the process and culture of sake in Japan and the latest trends in the sake industry.
This year’s Sake Experience welcomes nine sake breweries, or sakagura, to London, together bringing more than 25 different and delicious sakes to sample and find your favourite. Click the links below for more details on each sake brewery.
Urakasumi Sake Brewery
Urakasumi Brewery has been producing sake in Miyagi prefecture since 1724. They famously brew the sacred sake used at the thousand year old Shiogama Shrine.
Otokoyama Sake Brewery
Otokoyama Sake Brewery is based in Hokkaido where the cold climate makes for very good sake. Nearby Daisetsuzan National Park with its massive annual snowfall provides the perfect water, which the master brewers combine with specially selected rice to produce clear and crisp sake.
Homare Sake Brewery
Homare Sake Brewery is from one of Japan’s leading sake regions, Aizu in Fukushima prefecture, where the water from Mt Iide is especially soft and has a very well balanced mineral content.
Tatsuuma-Honke Brewing Company
Tatsuuma-Honke Brewing Company’s history dates back to 1662 in the Nada district of Kobe. They produce the famous Hakushika brand of sake with Miyamizu water to great acclaim all over Japan.
Ozeki have been brewing sake in the Izamu of Nada, Hyogo prefecture since 1711. They use local mineral water, which is very rich in minerals, to make their sake.
Shirakabegura is another of the big breweries to call the Nada area home. They combine traditional methods with modern facilities and they team of craftsmen use artisan techniques to brew some stunning sake almost entirely by hand.
Kikusui Sake comes from an old castle town in Niigata prefecture. This is another of Japan’s most famous sake areas thanks to its climate and perfect environment. This brewery has been respecting tradition since its opening in 1881 but is never held back by it.
Asahi-Shuzo Sake Brewing
The Asahi-Shuzo brewery dates back to 1830 and hails from Niigata prefecture. This brewery is especially focused on the influence of the rice used on the taste and fragrance of the final product. They work in partnership with local farmers to develop the perfect rice for sake brewing.
Tosa Brewing Company
The Tosa Brewing Company is based in Kochi prefecture on Shikoku island in western Japan. Located near the source of the Yoshino River, they use beautifully soft water to produce small scale, handcrafted sake for their dedicated followers and fans.