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Shizuoka SakeTasting 17~10: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Junmai Genshu

May 4, 2010


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Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City is one of the oldest still active breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture as it was founded in 1686 in Edo Era. Shimizu and Shizuoka were completely separated then. the Name “Sanwa/三和” could be literally translated as the “triple harmony” as it is actually the merger of three different breweries when Sanwa acquired neighbouring Koizumike and Shimizu Breweries about 30 years ago.

Sanwa Brewery, whose brewermaster hails from the Nanbu School in Iwate Prefecture, has the particularity of being the only brewery in Shizuoka Prefecture not to use the Shizuoka yeast, but nonetheless has conducted fruitful research in alternative rice strains.

Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Junmai Genshu:

Rice: Nihonbare 100%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (genshu/no pure water added)
Dryness: +2
Acidity: 1.5
Contents: 1.8l
Bottled in March 2010

-Clarity: very clear

-Colour: transparent

-Aroma: Complex. Fruity and flowery. Apricot, bitter chocolate

-Body: Fluid

-Taste: Strong and delicious alcohol attack with junmai petillant back-up warming back of the palate.
Complex. Fruity: Pineapple, apricot, flowers, memories of bitter chocolate and coffee beans.
Lingers for a short while with a sweetish note ending in nuts.
Holds its own well with any food.

My nurukan set!

As “nurukan” (40~45 degrees), comes with dry nuts. Very pleasant with any food.

Overall: A slightly extravagant sake for any food, although one can definitely enjoy it for its own sake (sorry for the pun!)
Could be considered as a “strong” sake in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Definitely the type of sake for a Japanese dining party!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
Warren Bobrow
Tokyo Terrace

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Shizuoka Prefecture Sake Tasting Session at the 2009 JALT Conference

November 24, 2009

Who is this guy? LOL

Thanks to the incredible efforts of Etsuko Nakamura and her companion in life, Ted, Japanese Sake, and Shizuoka Sake in particular became a major feature for the first time during the Annual JALT (Japan Association of language Teachers) Conference held again in Shizuoka City at Grandship on November 21st~23rd.

The Shizuoka sake Waiting Team!

The sake events came in two distinctive parts.
On Saturday 21st from 16:30 to 20:00, JALT members and visitors were offered the possibility to choose from 9 different brews (paying 1,000 yen for three different tastings) chosen among the 28 breweries existing in Shizuoka Prefecture:
-Hatsukame Brewery (Okabe-cho): Junmai
-Aoshima Brewery (Fujieda City): Kikuyoi Junmai
-Shidaizumi Brewery (Fujieda City): Junmai Ginjo
-Sugii Brewery (Fujieda City): Suginishiki Junmai Nama Genshu Kin No Kai
-Isojiman Brewery (Yaizu City): Bessen Honjozo
-Doi Brewery (Kakegawa City): kaiun Junmai
-Morimoto Brewery (Kikugawa City): Sayogoromo Kao Label Tokubetsu Honjozo (my favourite!)
-Kokkou Brewery (Fukuroi City): Tokubetsu Junmai
-Kansawagawa Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Yui): Shosetsu Karakuchi Junmai Homare Fuji
-Fujinishiki Brewery (Shibakawa Cho): Junmai

Drinking in the Dark?

The tasting was a great success.
Incidentally, visitors did not all go for the more famous brands. i wonder why? LOL

On Sunday 22nd, from 16:30 to 20:00, a second tasting session was held. This time the brewers or owners were present. Actually your servant was drafted in to extoll the merits of Eikun as the owner’s daughter had fallen sick on the very morning (no need to say that interpretation was necessary!)!

Do you recognize this gentleman? LOL

This time not only brews were tasted but a full-fledged sale event was organized for visitors who wished to bring these rare sake back home (The JALT Conference attracted no less than 1,600 professionals!):

-Takashima Brewery (Numazu City): Hakuin Masamune (Homarefuji Junmai + Ymahai Junmai + Junmai Daiginjo Tobin Gakoi)
-Eikun Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Yui): Eikun (Tokubetsu Junmai Hiyaoroshi + Junmai Ginjo Midori no eikun +Daiginjo Tobin Gakoi)
-Kansawagawa Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Yui): Shosetsu (Shosetsu Tokubetsu Junmai + Shosetsu Tokubetsu Honjozo + Daiginjo)
-Hatsukame Brewery (Okabe cho): Hatsukame (Kamejirushi Ginjo + Kamemaru Junmai Ginjo + Daiginjo)
-Isojiman Brewery (Yaizu City): Isojiman (Daiginjo Junmai Emerald)
-Kokkou Brewery (Fukuroi City): Kokkou (Tokubetsu Junmai + Junmai Ginjo Nakgumi + Junmai Daiginjo Tobin Gakoi)
-Aoshima Brewery (Fujieda City): Kikuyoi (Kikuyoi Junmai Ginjo + Junmai Ginjo matsushita mai 50%, organic sake!)
-Sanwa Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku): Garyubai (Garyubai Junma Genshu + Junmai Ginjo Yamada Nishiki)
-Doi Brewery (Kakegawa City): Kaiun (Junmai Hiyaoroshi + Junmai Hana no Kaori Nama)

All the above could be tasted for a mere 1,200 yen!

Courtesy of Shizuoka Shinbun Daily (nOVEMBER 23rd, 2009)

On the same day the local media was lurking around and had a field day with all these “gaijin” who loved their sake and could express their opinions in Japanese!

Once again, Etsuko and Ted, a very big thank you for all the incredible work!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
Warren Bobrow
Tokyo Terrace

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 17/9: Sanwa Brewery

November 24, 2009


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It7s been some time I sampled a brew by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku (formerly shimizu City).
Their brand name, Garyubai, created some four years has stuck for good, and almost all brews bear the name.
The particularity of this brewery is that it is the only one in this Prefecture not using the Shizuoka Yeast!

Sanwa Brewery: Garyubai Junmai (Genshu)

Rice: Nihon Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in June 2009

Clarity: very clear
Colour: almost transparent
Aroma: Strong alcohol, fruity: bananas, almonds, a memory of bitter chocolate.
Body: velvety
Taste: Soft on the tongue at first, with a strong alcohol attack at the beack of thepalate.
Finishes on a smooth note. shortish tail. complex.
Fruity: almonds, bananas, coffee beans.
Starts almost sweet to finish on a strong dry note with mandarines, more almonds and bitter chocolate.
“Adapts” itself with food well with more facets appearing.

Overall: A sake which is both strong and complex.
Marries well with food.
Its dry fruity taste might become an acquired taste, though.
Even knowing that this brewery does not use the Shizuoka yeast, it is obviously off the beaten tracks in Shizuoka Prefecture.

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
Warren Bobrow
Tokyo Terrace

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 17/8: Sanwa Brewery

March 18, 2009


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garyubai-togarami

My good friend Mr. Nagashima of Nagashima Liuor Shop came up with an unusual bottle by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
It bore a very difficult Japanese name to read, “origarami”, basically meaning “melting”. The bottle was not on display yet.

Sanwa Brewery: Garyuubai Origarami Junmai Ginjo (nigori) Nama Genshu (talk of a long title!)

Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: +4
Acidity: 1.4
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear when lees are “down”
Color: Slightly smoky white when shaken. Transparent when lees are “down”.
Aroma: Light and dry. Fruity: pineapple
Body: Velvety
Taste: Strong attack backed up by strong alcohol and a lot of acidity due to white lees.
More complex than expected.
Fruity: pineapple, apples.
Long tail. Almonds, vanilla, star anise and coffee beans appearing later.
Acidity lingers in the back of the mouth for a long time.

Overall: An acquired taste, but more pleasant than expected.
Drinks quickly, so must be better than I first thought!

Must-see tasting websites:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 17-7: Sanwa Brewery

April 28, 2008


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Sanwa has received international acclaim since they created the “Garyubai” brew 4 years ago. Thier sake do have to be tasted every year as they are quite original even in this Prefecture.

Sanwa Brewery: Garyubai Junmai
Rice: Gohyakumangoku 90%, Yamada Nishiki 10%.
Rice milled down to 55% (extravagant for junmai)
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (genshu level)
Dryness: + 2
Acidity: 1.5
Bottled in January 2008

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: light and dry. Fruity: pineapple, apricot

Body: velvety

Taste: Short tail. Strong and pleasant alcohol backed by junmai tingle. Dry. Pineapple, apricot, almonds.

Overall: Drinks very well with any food.
Varies little with food, occasionally sweetens and turns milder.
A bit “macho” but very pleasant.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 17-6: Sanwa Brewery

April 8, 2008

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Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku created their brand Garyubai 4 years and achieved international recognition since then. 90% is junmai and this particular bottle is no exception:

Sanwa Brewery/Garyubai Junmai Ginjo Yamada Nishiki Fukuro Tsuri Kashu Nama Genshu
(Unaltered pure original sake pressed through natural hanging inside a bag)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture) 100%
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: +3
Acidity: 1.3
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (normal for “genshu/original sake”)

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Fruity, licorice, pineapple, pear

Body: velvety

Taste: Light junmai tingle, almost sweet at first. Bananas and pineapple. Short tail.
Gets drier later inside palate. Bitter chocolate faintly appearing later with food.

Overall: A delicate, elegant sake showing many facets along a changing character. Searching for answers.
Pleasant. Drinks easily for a genshu. Calls for next sip.
Would do well as a session sake.

Shizuoka Breweries 18: Sanwa Brewery

April 7, 2008

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The first impressions are so often the wrong ones…
It was actually with some apprehension that I entered Sanwa Brewery in the company of my good friend Takahiro Nagashima. The only times I had been able to check beforehand the likes of Mssrs. Katsumasa Suzuki and Tomio Sugahara I had discovered extremely serious, almost severe faces. Photographs seldom do justice to people. In fact everyone in the brewery were extremely civil, smiling and welcoming.
The ice was quickly broken and conversation commenced in earnest with Mr. Suzuki and his emplyee in charge of the borrling, Mr. Hiroyuki Sano, who later took us on the grand tour of the premises.

Sanwa has a long and eventful history: founded in 1686 under the name of Oshikubai Brewery (Mr. Suzuki is the 19th-generation owner), it merged with two other local breweries 30 years ago.

The original Oshikubai Brewery building serves as office and bottling and storage sites with 7 staff.

The former Koizumi Honkei Brewery stretches at the foot of a very scenic mountain and comprises the brewery proper and private quarters, kitchen and dining room for the toji/master brewer and his 5 aides.
 
The third brewery, Shimizu Brewery can still be seen as a private household halfway along the main thoroughfare.
Sanwa Brewery is known for many brand names such as Shizugokoro, Hagoromo, Tesshu and Okitsukawa, but it achieved international fame of late after they created the Garyubai label four years ago.
 
The name itself means “Sleeping Dragon Plum Tree”, and was inspired by a local legend whose history is related in nearby Seiken Ji Temple, a small but grand scenic spot adorned with plum and cherry trees.
90% of Garyubai brand is junmai.
The total production amounts to 850.000 (1.8 l.) bottles, 25% of which consist of extravagant futsushu/regular sake (from rice milled down to 70 and even 65%!)
 
Sanwa utilizes a wide range of rice strands:
Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture)
Tankan Watari (Shiga Prefecture)
Bizen Omachi (Okayama Prefecture)
Aiyama (Hyogo Prefecture)
Miyama Nishiki (Shiga Prefecture)
Homare Fuji (ShizuokaPrefecture)
Water is gathered from the mountain standing at the back of the brewery.
Yeasts are No 10 and M310.
They also started last year to produce a very limited quantity of umeshu I cannot wait to get my hands on!

Visiting the brewery is like taking on a tour of old Japan. Most buildings date back to before WWII.
  
One can even discover and admire artifacts so important for their historical and cultural value: 
 
Old pictures from the Meiji and Taisho eras showing the rebuilding of the premises, an impressive range of cups, bottles and even crystal glassware. 

The toji, Mr. Tomio Sugahara is an impossibly gentle and affable craftsman hailing from Iwate Prefecture (Nanbu Guild) who never stops smiling. Mr. Sano confided me that he just cannot remember seeing him angry.
Interestingly enough, Mr. Sugawara is a gradener back home during the off season.

Equipment and structures are still very traditional with the necessary dose of automation to help reduce manual albor. You do have the impression of stepping inside Old Japan, especially when you consider that the no sign stands to indicate the brewery, which lays hidden in a very rural setting away from the bustling thoroughfare.

The large amount of kasu/white lees goes to local wasabizuke makers or sold to various gastonomic ventures. The collection of kasu is the only labour still done manually. It does take three days for the whole company staff to take it out of the vats and pack it away.
Apart of producing some sake for private labels in Shimizu and as far as Tokyo, Sanwa Brewery exports to New York, Singapore and Hong Kong, where their barnd name, Garyubai, is steadily acquiring a respected name, including the International Sake Challenge 2007 Grand Gold Prize.
Moreover, Sanwa Brewery is also very active in Promoting Shizuoka Jizake by holding an annual Dinner tasting Reception for 240 guests every third Friday of October at Elizabeth Hall near Shimizu JR Station in the company of three other breweries.
You can bet I’ll be there next October!

Sanwa Brewery
424-0038 Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Nishikubo, 501-10
Tel.: 054-366-0839 (office)
Fax: 054-366-0380
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