Nakano Sake Brewery: Cutting-edge Technology and Traditional Craftmanship
26 Aug 2021
Sake Making That Combines Cutting-edge Technology with Traditional Craftmanship
Nakano Sake Brewery is located in Handa City in Aichi prefecture on Chita peninsula of Central Japan. Their brand Kunizakari was founded in 1844, with a blessed natural environment, a precious history and tradition essential for local sake, and the momentum of thriving sake brewing. Kunizakari translates to “flourishing along with the growth of Japan”.
Nakano Sake Brewery consistently follows the idea of “creating a rich food culture through Japanese sake”. The brewmasters strive to create high-quality Japanese sake that not only adhere to tradition but introducing new methods to create a new distinct type of sake.
Nakano Sake Brewery aims to improve quality by using cutting edge technology in brewing sake. In the past, where human intuition and experience were heavily relied on for determining temperature and moisture for adjusting and controlling. Nakano Sake Brewery has developed technology to help facilitate and substitute for some of these processes. This allows brewing masters to focus on processes that require traditional craftmanship and their use of five senses to create the finest products.
By using technology and cutting-edge machinery as tools to help create databases for analyzing data and case-studies, along with the combination of traditional craftmanship, the brewery are able to create consistently high-quality products.
Toraji no Uta Happou Nigori is a naturally carbonated unfiltered sake. What impresses us the most about "Toraji no Uta" is it's plesant fizziness. When you take sip, you feel a swoosh and sourness in the mouth, which is a world apart from regular old sake. To put it simply, it's like carbonated beverage, but with the faint aroma is that of sake. The carbonation makes it very light and refreshing to drink. The alcohol content is low, but you can still enjoy the aroma of sake.
It is certainly a good sake to pair with fatty meals such as yakiniku ("grilled meat"). Nakano Shuzo actually wanted to create a product that could compete with sake in order to break the common sense of "beer with yakiniku".