The uphill story of the rebirth of pure Sake

the Cyunichi News Paper on July 27th in 2009

This is the story of a Japanese sake brewery that sparked a revolution against the modern sake society, in the city of Hasuda in Saitama prefecture, Japan.

It’s called Shinkame brewery.

In the 1980’s, mainstream sake had pure alcohol added to increase the yield.

But this brewery’s owner, Mr. Yoshimasa Ogawahara, has challenged the traditional brewing method and has started to brew only Pure Sake, without any added alcohol. He is the first person to do this.

Although his sake is an object of avid desire from sake connoisseurs nowadays, it has taken a lot of effort for his sake to be accepted.

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