Back from a long hiatus!

I know that my last post was a long time ago, just about the time I started as an assistant brewer at Ontario Spring Water Sake Company in 2011, but I just wanted to let you (‘you’ being people who are interested in about sake, particularly how it is made) that I am going to try and bring The Sake Chronicles back from the dead!

Just a quick update now, with more to follow. After Takahashi-Toji returned to Japan in 2012, I assumed the head brewing position at OSWSC. It was a little daunting at first, and the first solo batches were a little stressful, but now over 40 batches later, I think we have a good brewing routine in place. We have made several improvements to the process in terms of equipment, and are now doing many different styles.

This weekend we will be pressing batch #59, and next week, batches #60 and #61. I will let you know how they turn out.

So, for anyone that is still interested, stay tuned, as I will be posting more about my sake adventure soon!batch 59-61


Happy Belated New Year, Happy Belated Post

I realize the irony of calling my blog ‘sake chronicles’ and then falling off the ladder by failing to chronicle my progress in the sake world, but this time I have a good excuse! I have been extremely busy in a new, sake-related adventure.

In my post last summer, I mentioned visiting Ontario Spring Water Sake Company in Toronto, Ontario. I had introduced the head brewer to the owner (we had both worked at the same sake brewery in Saku, Nagano, Japan, albeit at different times), and stopped by for a visit. Well, things progressed from there, and since September, 2011, I have been working as the head brewer’s assistant, continuing my quest to be a sake brewer. As much as I liked living in Japan, this opportunity was too good to pass up.

So, if you are ever in Toronto and want to get a close look at a sake brewery and try some delicious, fresh, unpasteurized sake, please stop by (see the link for directions), I will be happy to show you around!

thanks for reading.

New Sake Book

Actually, it is not just a book, but is basically a comprehensive textbook on all aspects of brewing sake that is published by the Japanese Brewing Association (日本酒醸造協会) and is found in almost every sake brewery in Japan. As you have no doubt astutely guessed from the front cover, it is all in Japanese. So, my plan is to translate this entire book. It may a take while, but I am up for the challenge!