October 2011

Sake Awards - A Historical First - Sho Chiku Bai Gets A Gold At US Nationals

Posted by Beau Timken in 2011, Newsletter, October
Well the email came pretty quickly! As it should! Takara Shuzo or as you would know it Sho Chiku Bai from Berkeley, CA became the first domestically made sake to win a gold medal at the US National Sake Appraisals in Hawaii in September. My friends at Takara know about the True Sake store policy of only dealing in imported sakes from Japan, and so too do my friends at SakeOne in Oregon, who have also received high medals - Silver - at other National Competitions.

Ironically the other two sakes mentioned in the press release are available for the above mentioned reasons.


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.
  1. Gold Award: Sho Chiku Bai Classic (Berkeley, California)
  2. Silver Award: Shirakabegura Kimoto Tokubetsu Junmai (imported: Nada, Japan)
  3. Silver Award: Shirakabegura Tokubetsu Junmai (imported: Nada, Japan)
In recent years, we at Takara Sake USA Inc., have been focusing on improving and perfecting our operations and equipment. This win establishes U.S. made Sho Chiku Bai Classic as a sake that stands on equal footing with sakes made in Japan. The award also serves as both a source of encouragement and an inspiration for our future efforts. As Takara Sake USA Inc. approaches its 30th anniversary, we remain committed to providing quality products for the U.S. market.

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

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