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This years Sake and Shochu Academy has finished and these are a few impressions from behind the scene, taken by our very own Justin Potts, who has been on site moderating and translating, maybe even sampling some of the products 😆
Congrats to everyone who has graduated from this intense yet, what looks a rather enjoyable course!
For anyone interested in what it is all about or may want to apply for it next year, you can find out more by visiting www.sakebunka.jp/academy/
Ever since our humble beginnings in 1857 along the Izumi River, our approach to brewing stems from the belief that good sake always begins in the rice fields. For well over a century, we have worked hard to become a brewery with the highest standards of sake rice cultivation. Our customers can rely on the quality of the product they receive, because it has been meticulously cared for from the very beginning. The flavors and aromas of our junmai sake capture the blessings of nature as the rice grain makes its journey from our fields to your glass. We trust that you will cherish the origins of our sake with every bottle you enjoy.
Successful rice cultivation is truly a community effort. It is also a continuous learning process. To further develop our skills and improve the product, we have established the Sagami Sake Rice Farming Cooperative. We proudly receive assistance from local rice farmers, Japan Agriculture, and the Kanagawa Prefecture Agricultural Technology Center. Currently, our main research efforts are focused on the cultivation of Yamada Nishiki rice along the left bank of the Sagami River basin. In partnership with the cities of Ebina, Sagamihara, and Zama, our company tends to 44 hectares of rice fields as of 2018. Rice Cultivars: Yamada Nishiki, Rakufumai, Kame no O, Omachi, Shinriki, and others.
Rice variety and quality is critical to the success of brewing truly great junmai sake. Izumibashi focuses on cultivating high quality rice varieties for brewing such as Yamada-Nishiki, and Rakufumai to create our very best junmai sake releases. Through our cooperative efforts with the local farming community Kanagawa-ken is now ranked 20th among all Yamada Nishiki production regions. The majority of cultivation is within Ebina City. ( as of 2018)
The Izumibashi brand is represented by the Red Dragonfly (Akatombo) commonly found in our fields and throughout the Kanto region of Japan. These graceful winged creatures embody the precious cycle of life within the rice fields where they are born and raised, and where they eventually return. Together with our farming cooperative partners, we make it a priority to protect the red dragonfly’s habitat. We are committed to low impact farming by limiting the use of nonorganic fertilizers. Growing natural rice for our sake and preserving nature go hand in hand. We strive to ensure that the red dragonflies from our fields continue to adorn autumn skies for generations to come.
Our brewery is located on the alluvial plains of Ebina City in Kanagawa Prefecture, which is an excellent location for growing sake rice. The fertile soils deposited by the great Sagami river have been treasured by the locals for more than 2000 years for producing exceptional grain crops. We will continue to safeguard the beauty and blessings of our surroundings, as we share these gifts of nature with you through our sake and specialty food products.
Our craft approach to sake brewing begins in the fields of Ebina. From planting the fields to milling the rice, to filtering the mash our team takes great pride to ensure the quality of the process and results. From our traditional Kimoto styles to our modern releases, we believe in the character our Junmai sake presents upon maturation so we use the delicate pressing methods to obtain the highest quality product. To ensure those delicate junmai flavors remain as intended, we refrain from using active carbon filtering.
The fact that sake is crafted from Japan’s most valued staple – rice – has never been lost on the local population 🌾 This single factor has largely dictated the development of the industry and beverage as we know it today.
For this session, two leading breweries reimagining the relationship between local agriculture and the brewing process, Izumibashi (in Kanagawa) and Watanabe Shuzo (in Niigata), join us to share the philosophies, challenges and achievements in pioneering a new path forward for the next generation of brewers and farmers. #futureofsake
日本酒「いづみ橋」醸造元 泉橋酒造 / Izumibashi shuzo Co.,Ltd.
根知男山 渡辺酒造店 豊醸蔵
Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association
Shine On! Kids has partnered with 日本酒「いづみ橋」醸造元 泉橋酒造 / Izumibashi shuzo Co.,Ltd. for a unique collaboration. In the past, Izumibashi have created limited-edition sake bottles featuring our Hospital Facility Dogs but now - your family pet has a chance to be the star! All you have to do is share a photo of your dog, cat, hamster, etc and Izumibashi will create a customized label for your sake.
The bottles will be sold in a set of 2 for 5,720 JPY (720ml, tax included) and a portion of the profits will go directly to Shine On! Kids.
For details, please visit the Izumibashi Sake Brewery online shop: http://izumibashi.shop-pro.jp/
[Limited quantities. Shipping in Japan only.]