This is part of our 100 Things in 2014 challenge. Here’s the full list.
For this item on our list, we traveled to a land far away to the SakéOne Brewery & Tasting Room, one of only six places in the USA where sake is made.
Our tasting included 6 sets of two tastes. We managed to taste almost half of the sakes they sell in the shop.
…and somehow managed to come home without any of these awesome things.
Our tasting also included a tour of the brewery!
The two-ton bags of rice, as they are delivered.
The cedar-lined room where the koji rice is made.
Microbrewing fans might recognize the tanks here; sake production uses almost exactly the same equipment as brewing beer.
We ended our tour with a couple of glasses of sake. The one on the left is unfiltered (or nigori) sake, which is sweeter and creamier. We came home with bottles of both kinds.
We loved this place. All of the people were very helpful; we even had a question that our tour guide couldn’t answer, and one of the brewers overheard and chimed in with the answer! If you’re ever in the neighborhood (or even close), stop in for a glass. You won’t regret it, we promise.