Sake Images - Photos From The Soul Of Sake October 2011
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This month's Sake Image is from Lynn Shade.
I'm spending the summer back in my hometown of Karuizawa in Nagano-Ken and a friend and I went by Chikumanishiki brewery in Saku. Kan Chiku and Saku no Hana are considered the far better breweries in Saku, while Chikumanishiki has a semi-lowly rep as everyone's dad's (basic, unglamorous) sake best drunk hot.
Chikumanishiki turned out to have an interesting & kinda wine-like funky line called Kizan (Return to Mountain, also means "return to fundamentals") but, the thing we enjoyed most was coming across this old bigger-than-isshoubin bottle with charmingly hand-labeled "Cold Wine" on it. The brewery person had no idea what it was about, it was just sort of shoved in a corner of the office, but we guessed it was either for the foreign community in Yokohama and Tokyo, or the foreign community in Karuizawa, maybe used as a big display piece outside a shop.