WHAT’S SAKE?! We Asked Miho Imada, Master Brewer & President of Imada Brewery
We wanted Canadians to know more about the appeal of SAKE, so we would like to introduce the creator of “Fukucho Hattanso Junmai Ginjo” sake, which was enjoyed by world leaders at the G7 Hiroshima Summit held in May of this year. We spoke with Miho Imada, President and Chief Brewer of Imada Sake Brewery, during her visit to Calgary.
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SO, WHAT IS SAKE?
THE CHARM OF SAKE
The manufacturing method is extremely complex and delicate, and the traditionally cultivated sake brewing techniques include some that have yet to be explained by science. Wine has its own successes depending on the harvest of the grapes that are used as raw materials, but sake does not have as big a difference in taste as it does with wine. This is because by using traditional koji making techniques, it is possible to control the sugar content derived from raw materials.
The taste of Japanese sake has a long history of being deeply connected to the local climate and food culture. For example, Akitsu Town, where our brewery is located, is the town of Hiroshima's chief brewer. The Seto Inland Sea's abundant seafood and gentle climate foster the delicate taste of ginjo sake, and it is said to be the birthplace of ginjo sake.
Also, since sake is an alcoholic beverage that can be enjoyed with food, you can enjoy it by adjusting the temperature, container, etc.
WHAT DOES A MASTER BREWER DO?