Exploring Nihonshu: Sake Brewery Visit and Introduction

This webinar, held in partnership with the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association, was part of a series exploring the world of Japanese drinks.

This event introduced Japan’s most famous alcoholic drink, sake, or, as it is known in Japan, nihonshu (sake being the general Japanese word for alcoholic drinks).

A firm grounding on the fundamentals of nihonshu with a talk by JSS UK liaison Yoshitake Rie was followed by a virtual trip to the Shirataki Sake Brewery in Japan’s northern Niigata Prefecture to learn how the beverage is made.

Certified sake educator Christopher Hughes lead the tour, joining the Chief Brewer in conversation to discuss the brewery facilities and the complex and intricate craftsmanship of sake making.