Sake Awards - A Historical First - Sho Chiku Bai Gets A Gold At US Nationals
Ironically the other two sakes mentioned in the press release are available for the above mentioned reasons.
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U.S. Brewed Sho Chiku Bai Classic Receives the Gold Award at the U.S. National Sake Appraisal BERKELEY, CA September 29, 2011
Sho Chiku Bai Classic, brewed by Takara Sake USA Inc. was awarded the highest prize in the Junmai category of the 2011 U.S. National Sake Appraisal.
|Out of all 326 entries, Sho Chiku Bai Classic was the only sake made in the U.S. to win the Gold Award. The U.S. National Sake Appraisal is an international annual event held since 2001 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Presented by the International Sake Association (Kokusai Sake Kai), the event evaluates over 300 sake entries and is the largest event of its kind outside of Japan.
The Appraisal is conducted by ten judges (five from Japan and five from the U.S.) under the auspices of the Japan National Research Institute of Brewing, which has supervised Japan's National Sake Appraisal since its inception in 1910. The tasting is conducted "blind" and in two phases: a first tasting for all entries and a second tasting for those placing in the top fifty percent of the first tasting. The 2011 U.S. National Sake Appraisal was held on September 7th and 8th, and evaluated 326 entries from 154 sake breweries. Each entry is considered within the following categories: Daiginjo, Ginjo and Junmai.
This year, 86 entries were awarded the Gold Award while 91 entries were awarded the Silver Award. Takara Sake USA Inc. was awarded three prizes total, all in the Junmai category.
Takara Sake USA Inc.
President : Yoichiro Miyakuni
Headquarters, Brewery, Tasting Room, Sake Museum
708 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
PS - Miwa was a judge in this year's sake appraisal