Many sake lovers choose to have a sake brewery tour when they travel to Japan, learn more about the history of the brewery and sake making, so as to have a better understanding on the story behind the sakes. Saketora is therefore interviewed the popular sake brewery 'Senjo' in Nagano Prefecture, tracing the brewing process of the brewery throughout the year, so that everyone can have a deep look into the sake making industry.
With aroma like pear, pineapple and lychee, adding to the lactic acid as cheese, the aroma is even more outstanding. The sweetness and sourness is well-balanced that goes well with cheese and marinated foods. Polishing to 40%, the summer sake is light and transparent.
Every small step on planting The first big step of sake brewing
Just as winemaking begins with growing grapes, growing sake rice is the first step of sake making. Senjo's sake is all made with sake rice produced in Nagano Prefecture, and it is mainly from the farms within 10 km of the brewery, in order to keep the ingredients fresh and reliable.From early May, farmers will start planting, although it is mainly assisted by machines now, in the past, no matter men, women, or children in the area would come to work together to help in the fields.
Man Proposes, God Disposes Thanks giving to the God
As one of Japan's most traditional crafts that rely on the nature, the breweries are of course indispensable in the gods. Senjo Brewery is using the underground water 60 meters underground in the Southern Alps at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters as the source of water for brewing, relying on nature to provide high-quality raw materials to make high-quality sake. Therefore, every year in May, Suishin-sai (Worship to the God of Water) is held at the Senjo Brewery to thank the gods for their blessings during the year. The ritual flag used in the ceremony is dyed with words that have survived since the Edo period. It is one of the most treasured treasures of Senjo since its establishment 150 years ago. The priests will offer blessings, offerings and divine wine, and pray for peace in the new year.
Episode 1 - Sakura in Spring
Similar to the history of sakura in Takato Castle, Senjo Brewery was established 155 years ago. Therefore, many of Senjo's products are related to sakura, such as 'Ouro' and 'Ouunkyo', so that every sake lovers can enjoy the sake and sakura at the same time.
Senjo Brewery is located in Takato in Shinshu, which is a famous cherry blossom location in Japan. Takato Castle, which has existed since the Edo period, have been planted sakura trees since 150 years ago and makes it become one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots, attracting many tourists to visit every year.
What do breweries do in spring?
In normal cases, the sake brewed in winter is completed before April. Therefore, there would have a lot of new sakes come onto the market in April, and due to this, many sake promotion activities are held for the breweries, bottle shops and related industries.
During this period, breweries always hold different activities, such as brewery visit tour, sake tasting, etc. Although the number of activities has been reduced due to the COVID-19 now, you must not miss the chance to visit the breweries if you visit Japan next time.
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