SAKETIMES NEWS – Nov 6th, 2018
Nov. 6. 2018 writer
In the news this week: Kanpai London Craft Sake Brewery is bringing sake events and a new sake lees-brewed beer collaboration to the people of England. Then, a new trade deal with Japan will make Taiwan an even greater place to enjoy sake. Finally, the Mio Frozen helps drinkers beat the summer heat in the form of a portable, blended ice sake.
England’s first sake brewery, Kanpai London Craft Sake, has been very active recently, hosting special events and sharing a truly unique sake cocktail recipe.
On June 26 and 27, Kanpai held a two-night Tokyo Kitchen pop-up event in the dining space above the manufacturer’s brewery. This was the second such event and the brewery had again teamed up with Michelin-trained chef Paul Frost to create amazing Japanese dishes like sourdough with miso butter and chicken rice bowls served with eggs boiled in hot springs. Of course, each course is expertly paired with a brand of Kanpai London Craft Sake.
Kanpai London says they’ll be holding events like this regularly going forward. Those interested can check out the brand’s official Facebook page for details on upcoming events and even recipes like the Osaka Colada – an iced sake cocktail the company recently gifted to the masses just in time for summer.
Sure to be making an appearance at the company’s next event is also the brand new Onna Bugeisha, a beer brewed with sake lees and aged in Burgundy barrels. The dry lager is the result of a collaboration with London-based Beavertown Brewery. Those interested in giving this unique sake-inspired beer a taste can snag a bottle or three at Beavertown’s website.
The people of Taiwan have cause for celebration as sake from Japan will soon be even easier to get. On July 3, the country’s Legislative Yuan passed a bill that will see tariffs on sake imports drop from 40% to 20%. The reduced tariffs are slated to go into effect in August.
Taiwan is home to a huge sake market that has been booming in recent years and grew by over $12 million in imports from Japan in 2018 alone. This is occurring at the same time as an increase in Japanese restaurants in the country as well, and is only expected to grow more quickly with the reduced taxes.
However, there are still embargos active on certain Japanese prefectures like Fukushima. Those will remain in place until at least this November. Also, stronger Japanese alcoholic drinks like shochu and awamori will remain at 40% tariffs because they conflict with kaoliang liquor, a major product of Taiwan’s Kinmen Island.
On the other hand, various other Japanese products will also see less restrictive trade in Taiwan, such as miso, Japanese curry, sweet potatoes, scallops and other frozen seafoods. And with Taiwan aiming to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, there is clearly still room for negotiation.
LINK: JIJI,COM | 2019/07/05 | 日本酒の輸入関税引き下げへ＝２０％に半減－台湾
Just in time for the blazing heat of the summer, Takara Shuzo has released Mio Frozen in freezable pouches for the ultimate in chilled refreshment.
Each 150mL (5oz) pouch contains Takara’s famous low-alcohol sparkling sake, Mio, produced under their popular brand Shochikubai Shirakabegura. The pouches are designed to fit easily into freezers until it’s time to squeeze their frosty contents into a glass.
The sweet and fruity profiles of Mio sake swirling around frozen flakes of ice is sure to attract any sake fan looking for relief from the dog days of summer. Even better, the soft pouches are easy to carry and dispose of compared to standard glass bottles making them great for picnics or other outdoor activities.
One pouch costs 220 yen (US$2) and can be bought from shops all around Japan or straight from the Takara Shuzo online shop for those who don’t feel like going outside until armed with a Mio Frozen.
LINK: 日本経済新聞 | 2019/06/03 | 宝酒造、「松竹梅白壁蔵『澪』＜FROZEN＞」150mlパウチを発売
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