Museum of Sake Journal Summer 2015 - Page 16

SAKE PRODUCTION ABROAD 3 SAKE PRODUCTION ARTISAN SAKE MAKER Masa Shiroki started his career helping new craft beer breweries start in Japan, but then decided to do something meaningful with Japanese culture. With the help of a consultant in Hiroshima, he set up Artisan Sake Maker, bringing sake production to Canada, but with the ambition of founding a purely Canadian product. ABROAD They sourced a Ginpu sake rice that could be grown in 5 acres of local paddy fields in the Fraser Valley. The result is a fresh and fruit flavoured sake, in unpasteurised, unfiltered and sake varieties. In the past 100 years sake production appeared in multiple continents across the world, following patterns of migration and trade. Now new craftbrewing operations are adding to this diverse and complex pattern of international breweries, all seeking to match and innovate with traditional Japanese techniques. 100% rice grown in British Colombia in small batches several times a year YK3 The closed Nipro Sake brewery in Richmond was reborn as YK3 using traditional techniques. HONOLULU JAPANESE SAKE BREWING CO 1908-1989 MOTO-I TEXAS SAKE Texas Shinriki Local Organic Rice Best selling sake in the USA > Several sake breweries such as the Japan Brewing Company appeared along the West Coast of America, particularly California to accompany the immigrant populations in the early 20th century. Little of these survived the Prohibition era, but a revival followed in the 1970s and 80s when major Japanese sake companies followed the growth of Japanese business travel, establishing local manufacture with American calrose rice. Sho Chiku Bai At the end of the 19th century many Japanese immigrants working on Hawaiian sugar plantations, were faced with rising import taxes levied on Japanese Sake. They started to turn to home brewing. This led to one of the first sake breweries to be established outside Japan, when Taijiro Sumida arrived in Hawaii from Hiroshima. The brewery continued throughout most of the 20th century. SAKEONE Moonstone 1992 Oregon - Formed from Frost International Group and Niigata based producer Momokawa Brewing Inc Diamond Junmai Ginjo RESEARCH: ANNA GREENHOUS / SOHO+CO ILLUSTRATION: SOHO+CO U SA OZEKI TAKARA GEKKEIKAN YAEGAKI 80% DOMESTIC BREWED ACCOUNTS FOR OF SALES IN THE USA Locally grown medium-grain Calrose rice 40% IN 3 YEARS GROWTH OF MARKET TOZAN 1934 Founded in 1934 in Sao Paulo, Tozan struggled at first with the difference in climate and access to materials. SAKERIA THIKARA In Brazil the large immigrant Japanese population helped establish early Sake or “saque” breweries. It has seen rapid growth in recent years, to accompany sushi. The sakérinha cocktail is growing as a healthier alternative to the caipirinha. Based in Sao Paulo, Sakeria Thikara produces premium honjozo sake in Brazil using imported Japanese rice. SAKE FUJI SAKE OKINAWA SAKE RYO Breweries targeting cocktail markets AZUMA KIRIN The Sake production was purchased by Japanese Kirin brewery in 1975 and improved with new technology and investment. Now under the name Azuma Kirin, they junmai, ginjo and unpasteurised varieties using rice grown in Uraguay.