“Kirin” & “Yauemon” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Kirin, KAETSU SAKE BREWERY CO.,LTD. from Niigata prefecture, and Yauemon, YAMATOGAWA SHUZOTEN Ltd. from Fukushima prefecture.

Kirin (KAETSU SAKE BREWERY CO.,LTD.)

Kaetsu Sake Brewery was found in 1880 in Fukushima prefecture (transferred to Niigata prefecture at 1886). Niigata prefecture is situated opposite position of Tokyo and faced to Japan Sea. Owing to these geographical features, it is very hot in summer and cold and one of the snowiest countries in winter. Niigata prefecture is famous for most delicious table rice “Koshihikari” and very nice domestic Sake.

The brewery is located in Aga-machi where the Agano River and the Tokonami River join and is surrounded by many mountains. Then fogs often gather along those rivers. Such a climate condition gives birth to highest class Sake rice. Moreover water quality is also important in Sake brewing. The brewery has been blessed with an excellent natural spring which water is pure and soft. “Kaetsu brewery Sake is a wonderful gift from nature”.

Mt. Kirinzan stands in the northern part of Aga-machi. The story of “Kirin” of Mt. “Kirinzan” is based on a legendary unicorn. The Kirin unicorn is an imaginary animal that has been said to appear in the sky to prepare auspicious events. Kaetsu Sake Brewery has named their sake “Kirin” with their hope that it will be enjoyed in such a way that brings happiness to the drinkers. The tasting profile of “Kirin” is “Tanrei-Karakuchi “(Clean, Light and Dry in English). “Kirin” Sake is good for every food.

KAETSU SAKE BREWERY CO.,LTD. Home page

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Kaetsu Shuzo Homare Kirin Junmai Daiginjo 下越酒造 ほまれ麒麟 純米大吟醸 720ml 化粧箱付

 

Yauemon (YAMATOGAWA SHUZOTEN Ltd.)

Yamatogawa Shuzoten in located in Kitakata, Fukushima. Since the mid-Edo period in 1790, it has brewed sake for nine generations. Using clear Iide Mountain-sourced water, the generations of brewers have put serious effort and passion into brewing sake such as the Yauemon sake.

Fukushima Prefecture is home to the largest number of award-winning sake brands for the sixth year in a row, marking a record in an annual competition. Of course Yamatogawa Shuzoten is also a multi award-winning brewery.

Naturally filtered water from 2105m Iide Mountain – part of a mountain range that is spread out over the three prefectures of Fukushima, Yamagata, and Niigata – is used to make all the sake at Yamatogawa Shuzoten. This pure water produce Kitakata ramen. It is one of the major remen in Japan with Sapporo ramen, Hakata ramen.

There are more than 100 ramen shops in Kitakata. The noodles are particularly unusual. Ramen noodles tend to be thin and straight, but those in Kitakata are fat and wavy, due to the fact that they used to be delivered – fatter noodles didn’t spoil as easily during transportation. They are also slippery and slightly softer. This is because they are takasuimen, which means that a higher percentage of water is added to the flour. It is fun to slurp and chew.

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Yauemon Junmai Daiginjo 純米大吟醸 弥右衛門720ml

DATE AND TIME

2018/10/11 (Thu)~2018/10/17 (Wed) 10:00~20:00

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LOCATION

Ikebukuro Tobu Department Store B1F

1 Chome-1-25 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 171-0021

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Directly connected to “Ikebukuro station”

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For more information visit, 東武百貨店 池袋店 日本酒催事スケジュール

“Gokyo” & “Aizuchujo” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Gokyo, Sakai Shuzo from Yamaguchi prefecture, and Aizuchujo, Tsurunoe Shuzo Co.,Ltd. from Fukushima prefecture.

Gokyo (Sakai Shuzo)

Sakai Shuzo is located in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture.

Here you will find a beautiful, curiously constructed bridge that is one of Japan’s Three Famous Bridges, which Kintaikyo is essentially made from five small bridges connected together in order to make a single massive bridge. The name of Gokyo (Five bridges) comes from Kintaikyo.

Water for brewing is drawn from Yamaguchi prefecture’s largest stream: A Nishiki River underground soft water stream leading to a well inside the brewery. This super soft water makes a feature of Gokyo tender and highly fragrance.

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Gokyo Junmai Ginjo Saito no Shizuku 五橋 純米吟醸 西都の雫 720ml [山口県]

Elegant Ginjo aroma drifts gently.

 

Aizuchujo (Tsurunoe Shuzo Co.,Ltd.)

Founded 1794. Tsurunoe Shuzo is located on the Nanukamachi-dori street in Fukushima. Nanukamachi-dori Street is a nickname given to a street in Aizu-Wakamatsu City. The street is about 700m from Nanukamachi station. During Edo Period (1603-1868), Aizu-Gokaido road and Yonezawa road passed through the city, which abounded with shops and inns; this prosperity lasted until 1950s.

These days, you can see shops and buildings that built in kurazukuri style and western-style selling lacquerware and local cuisine. Taisho Roman (a trend of thought or cultural events that conveys the atmosphere of the Taisho period.) atmosphere is felt throughout the city.

The brewery is also traditional historical building. Yuri (Lily in Japanese) is characteristic of delicate flavor which is brewed by female Toji. In the brewery, you can taste sake. There are limited sake only you can buy in the brewery.

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Junmai Daiginjo Yori 純米大吟醸「ゆり」720ml 白箱入り特約店浜田屋

DATE AND TIME

2018/09/26 (Wed)~2018/10/02 (Tue) 10:00~20:00

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LOCATION

Seibu Ikebukuro B1F

〒171-0022 Tokyo, Toshima, Minamiikebukuro, 1 Chome−28−1

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Directly connect
Ikebukuro Station South Exit, Exit 38, Exit 36

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For more information visit, 今週の酒と肴

“Amanoto” & “Aizuhomare” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Amanoto, Asamai Shuzo from Akita prefecture, and Aizuhomare, Homare Sake Brewery Co.,Ltd. from Fukushima prefecture.

Amanoto (Asamai Shuzo)

Founded in 1917. Asamai Shuzo is located in center of the Yokote Basin in southern Akita Prefecture. Yokote Basin is known in Japan as an area of heavy snowfall, and for agricultural products, mainly rice, but also for apples and asparagus, etc. In Yokote city itself has got 5 sake breweries.

The major ingredient of sake, rice, differs from region to region, but breweries tended to use both local rice and rice from other regions, the difference between various regions’ rice varieties has not been given much thought. Recently, however, the sake industry has been increasingly favoring local rice and therefore creating regional differences in sake. This requires an increased interest in the way that growing conditions affect the rice and, therefore, the regional expression of each sake.

Asamai Shuzo takes their sake rice seriously. They brew sake from only by local rice within 5 km from their brewery site. Since 2011 they produce only Junmai sake, which is sake made from only rice, water, yeast, and koji. Sake brewing process is more complicated than wine’s one and 80% of sake is water, because of that it is not very significant characteristic of terroir as much as wine. But Asamai Shuzo’s sake is a kind of sake “terroir”.

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Amanoto Junmai Daiginjo45 天の戸 純米大吟醸45 720ml 1本 【秋田県】

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Aizuhomare (Homare Sake Brewery Co.,Ltd.)

Founded in 1918. Homare Sake Brewery marked the 100th anniversary in September 2018. It is located in Kitakata.

Kitakata is a small town, surrounded by mountains and rice fields in the Aizu region of Fukushima prefecture. Renowned for its traditional storehouses, kura, and ramen, it also boasts eleven sake breweries. Strolling around town, these are easily identifiable from large balls of cedar hanging outside, known as sugidama or sakabayashi, which mark the production of a new sake. When the green needles turn brown, it’s said that the sake has aged enough to be ready for drinking.

The natural geography of Kitakata, and indeed the entire Aizu region, lends itself to the production of high quality sake. The cold climate allows a slower fermentation process and rice has plenty of growing space. Crucially, though, there’s an abundance of water from nearby Mount Iide. This is soft water, which also slows the fermentation process, yielding a sweeter taste.

Fukushima prefecture has become one of the most acclaimed sake-producing regions in Japan. FUKUSHIMA – Fukushima Prefecture was home to the largest number of award-winning sake brands for the sixth year in a row, marking a record in an annual competition, the National Research Institute of Brewing in 2018.

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Aizuhomare Junmai Daiginjo Kiwami 会津ほまれ純米大吟醸 極 720ml [福島県/中辛口]

 

Homare Sake Brewery Co.,Ltd. Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/09/13 (Thu)~2018/09/19 (Wed) 10:00~20:00

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LOCATION

Ikebukuro Tobu Department Store B1F

1 Chome-1-25 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 171-0021

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Access

Directly connected to “Ikebukuro station”

Web site

For more information visit, 東武百貨店 池袋店 日本酒催事スケジュール