Yaoshin Shuzo Tour

Location: 山口県岩国市今津町3-18-9/ 3-18-9 Imazumachi, Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Open to Public: Yes, by appointment Cost: 200 yen for disposable clean suits Production: 1,000 Koku (18,000 liters) produced from September through March On Saturday, January 29th I had the perfect excuse opportunity to visit Yaoshin Shuzo, makers of Gangi, when a friend came to the area and the... Continue Reading →

First Sake Tasting Report!

On January 19, I was finally able to get a sake tasting class together, after two failed attempts last fall. 6 drinkers gathered at Kokushu 国酒 in Shunan, Yamaguchi, where we tried a total of for sakes, before going on a tour of nearby Hatsumomiji Shuzo. Kokushu is a sake specialty izakaya with a great... Continue Reading →

Jizake Yokocho – Event

Saturday, October 27th was Shunan city's 2nd annual Jizake Yokocho local sake Fair. 16 sakagura from all over Yamagata were there offering their wares, including some rarities I've never seen anywhere locally. A group of friends and I went to give our lovers a workout, and it was pure fun. None of the kura were... Continue Reading →

Kaikyo Daiginjo – Tasting

This rare non-junmai daiginjo from Shimonoseki Shuzo (JP Only) is my first from them, and a truly great introduction indeed! It seems these days that junmai is the word to use for brewers, and I honestly can't remember how many alcohol-added daiginjo I've seen on shelves. The only other one I've drunk is the Tobindori from... Continue Reading →

Ginjo Comparison – Tasting

There is a large hotel not 2 minutes' walk from my house, and their restaurant is what I like to call "Bubble Fancy." It's a remnant of Japan's heady days of high wealth in the 80s and 90s, with furnishings that were once clearly the height of luxury...but now with 30 or so years of... Continue Reading →

Misuzu Daiginjo – Tasting

This is from yet another of the less common breweries on my list of Yamaguchi kura, Otsu Shurui Jozo (Japanese link to Yamaguchi Brewer's Assocuation page) in Nagato. Misuzu is their major brand, and after tasting it I wish it was more well known! This is another of the vanishing "not junmai" daiginjo styles, made with... Continue Reading →

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