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nate2g (550) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | October 5, 2013
These guys are still kicking on. For five bucks you can get tasters of a few sake, and there was something like a dozen total available. The young guy working had good knowledge. Pleasant, simple environment to try some locally brewed sake in Vancouver.
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It’s really just a small counter on 6 sqm, and behind it the fermentation tanks. I like the humble minimalism of this place; I also like that 5 of their sakés are available by the glass (1 is available only in full bottle); like that they provide a beginner’s explanation about their products, and that was good to me as a novice to appreciate saké more.
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A small little counter fronting the brewery with an even smaller outside patio where you can sample your sake in the sun. There are currently six sakes available for purchase, with five pouring at any one time. The sparkling sake doesn’t get poured, but it’s very reasonably priced so you should pick it up if you make it down here. The young man behind the counter was quite knowledgeable and was able to juggle a lot of people at different steps in the tasting. Five bucks for three tastes is a damn fine deal as well. They have a few other products for sale including a marinade/dressing made with the pressed lees from the fermentation and several other asian-inspired products there as well. I was somewhat surprised at how small their output is (only 30,000 litres to date) but they seem to have big ambitions.
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Osake makes small batch sake on Granville Island. When I visited they had five different varieties to taste, including two which had been aged. The man at the bar was very friendly and answered many questions.