Finest brewing of Sake, pure water converge in Hawaii. Enjoy the first shipment.

Finest brewing of Sake, pure water converge in Hawaii.
Enjoy the first shipment.

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The project was named in Hawaii to revive a local sake brewery that was discontinued 33 years ago, and to include the souls of both islanders living in Japan and Hawaii.  The project is designed and managed by Tokyo based United Sake Consulting Co. which is owned by Chiaki Takahashi.  Help us launch our Hawaiian sake project!
 
 

Aloha
I am Chiaki Takahashi, the brew master of the Islander Sake Brewery in Honolulu, Hawaii. 
I've been a liquor researcher for many years, and as a wine and sake brewing consultant, I want to make everyone smile with alcohol beverages!  That's how I went through many years of various activities in Japan.

On the other hand, I have been hoping to make authentic sake in Hawaii.  United Sake Co., Ltd. was established in 2017.  Since then I and staffs have been working on the construction of a sake brewery, and we have been working toward realizing the dream.

And that dream finally came true this fall.
 
From October 2019, we will start brewing sake in Hawaii.
In this project, we like to recruit sponsors who support the Islander Sake Brewery together.
 We like our supporters to enjoy freshly made sake with using Japanese natural rice and Hawaiian spring water. 

I'm still a beginner of doing business in the U.S.  So, I would be happy if you could extend your warmest heart and supports.

 

Why make sake in Hawaii? 
 
I've been to Hawaii many times since I was a college student, but I decided to make a sake brewery in Hawaii three-years-ago.  I was invited to Honolulu as one of the judges of the U.S. National Sake Appraisal.
Me (pictured front) screening at the U.S. National Sake Appraisal
 

The U.S. National Sake Appraisal and the simultaneous events called "Joy of Sake" held annually at the Hawaii International Convention Center.  You have access to the all samples of sake entered the contest. 

The event attracted more than 1,500 people from all over the islands are enjoying nearly 500 different sake.  When I saw the event for the first time, I was shocked to learn that sake is so much loved outside of Japan.

Attendees of the Joy of Sake in Hawaii Convention Center
 

While in Honolulu as a judge, I learned that there used to be a number of sake breweries existed in the past.  I like sake very much, and I was a research staff at the national institute, but I was lack of information that there was sake business going on for many decades in Hawaii.
 
Since then, I have made several trips to Hawaii to study the history of Hawaiian sake and Nikkei, Japanese American.
 
My desire to brew sake in Hawaii grew stronger.  And unexpectedly Japanese wine making energized my activity.  Here is how and why.

I work with farmers in Nagano Prefecture, central mountain part of Japan, and other parts of the country to advise people on how to brew wine and hard cider using grapes and apples.
 
Therefore, I knew Japanese loves wine so much through my work.  In recent years, the wineries being established all over Japan and spreading vineyards have become a familiar scene.

European-born winemaking has increased the number of wine lovers in Japan.  The number of wineries is greater in Nagano and Yamanashi than Tokyo.  So, naturally the elderly in Nagano and Yamanashi drink more wine than Tokyo.
 
In other words, even if it is outside Japan, the consumption of sake in the place can be increased by establishing a local sake brewery.  If we could make sake in Hawaii, Hawaii people love sake more. Since Hawaii is one of famous tourist destinations, the sake wine will be exposed to people of the world, that's how I thought.


Farmers monitoring the growth of Omachi natural sake-brewing rice
I give advice to farmers to brew wine and hard ciders, farmers of remote area tends to see that city girl from Tokyo knows nothing about what farmers doing.   I did not stop visiting farmers, driving back and forth between Tokyo and Nagano.  And then I had a chance to talk about the advantage of having a small winery in the vineyard or backyard of a farmer's home.  Those moments are valuable to me and I would like to repeat those in Hawaii.

In Hawaii, the innovation of agricultural cultivation, and then the production of products using crops, may be waiting for new input.  So when I found a cheap airline ticket, I went the islands and listened to the voices of plants in the valley, and visited not only Oahu but also farmers on Kauai and The Big Island of Hawaii.  I believe fermented foods using Hawaiian crops could contribute to the local agriculture.

 
"Let's bring sake back to Hawaii"
 "Let's create a newly designed bottle to represent the history and advantage of Japanese sake."

I now have a dream.  One day, I hope to grow rice in Hawaii again, and make sake with Hawaiian water, Hawaiian rice by inviting young generations learning how to make sake.
 
 
History of Making Sake in Hawaii
 

The first group of Japanese immigrants came to Hawaii in the Meiji Era, about 150 years ago.
Many lifestyles and cultures, including sake making were brought to Hawaii by the large movement of the Nikkei.


The most of Japanese Americans worked sugar cane industry have created many sake breweries in various parts of Hawaii, including Oahu and The Big Island of Hawaii.  After hard daily work, sake healed the mind and body.
What the sake brewed in that time tasted like while they drunk and remembered the old hometown of Japan, I wonder.  
It was difficult for sake brewers to make sake of the hot tropical islands.

In addition, social circumstances, such as prohibition of alcohol and World War II gave hard time to sake company's management.  At that time, California rice was considered for sake making but mostly Japanese imported rice was used after all.  

By the end of the war, most breweries in Hawaii had disappeared, although the efforts of each brewing company staff had overcome a number of historical turning points with wisdom and patience, and at one time seemed to be expanding consumption.  The sake brewery on the mountain side of Honolulu also disappeared 33-years-ago.

 
The above photo shows the brewery making sake in Hawaii until 33-years-ago
Provided by The Late Mrs. Misako Nihei, Honolulu Brewery & Ice Company
 
 
Hawaii's sake consumption is favored by Japanese Americans and the all are imported from outside the island today.  If sake is brewed again in front of local residents and tourists from all over the world, they will show the interest on not only sake but Japan itself.  If we are successful, it will increase the consumption of locally made sake and also sake imported from Japan.
 
With these thoughts, I inspired to start the Islander Sake Brewery.
 
 
More about Islander Sake Brewery
 

Our sake brewery opens along Queen Street in the heart of Kakaaco, a city of sake.  It is close to the Ala Moana Shopping Center, the world's largest shopping mall
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Till we decide the 753 Queen Street as the future home of sake production, we spend over two-years of researching.  

Honolulu's land is mainly owned by the big foundation of Hawaiian people.  It is rare to have land that can be used for food manufacturing.

When our research did not show much progress, I decided to follow the teachings of our predecessors.  Where did they make sake in this town?  The Kakaaco district has recently attracted five new beer breweries.  The old newspaper advertisement shows once the place of sake brewery.  Our brewery is just two blocks away from there.

To the left towards the mountains is the financial district of downtown Honolulu. To the right are commercial areas such as the Ala Moana Shopping Center. The Kakaaco was an industrial area capable of producing sake.


The appearance of the building now is likely to be renovated.  Although this particular design of sea animals attracts many tourists taking instagram photos, hard decision to create a new appearance for the sake brewery... Lol. 
Me working on exterior wall painting

The sake will be fermented from This October.  I like to follow the authentic way of sake making even though we have no snow or cold outside world.

My way of making sake incorporates a traditional method widely used in Japan.

That's why compact custom-made pressing machine was loaded from Kobe Port to Honolulu.  At the time, the port of Kobe was closed down due to massive flood damage along the coast, and the machine took longer time to travel and arrived at Honolulu Port via an unscheduled foreign port.

 

The first sake we brew comes with the spirit of the Nikkei, so we use Japanese rice.  Currently no rice is produced in the Hawaiian islands, including table rice.

Until we have rice growers again in Hawaii, I like to use Japanese rice to support farmers in Japan.  Because they were the one giving me inspiration and courage of making sake in Hawaii.

With that in mind, we use Japanese rice from Okayama Prefecture for our first sake.  It is a high-quality rice grown without pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides certified by the Kimura-style Natural Cultivation Executive Committee of Okayama.

The film released in 2013, "The Miracle Apple" is a true story about Mr. Akinori Kimura, who runs an apple farm in Aomori Prefecture, who succeeded in growing organic apples that were once said to be absolutely impossible.

I got to know a member of the Kimura-style Natural Cultivation Executive Committee, which practices "natural cultivation", and found that he was producing sake-making suitable rice.  They admitted my idea of using such special kind of natural rice to produce the first Hawaiian sake.

We had the option of using rice from California, but we adopted Omachi because we wanted to bring more delicious sake from Hawaii to the world.  At the same time I like to show appreciate their hard work of bringing out the rice.  Imagine the Okayama grown rice will return to the town by changing to Hawaiian sake.  I just can't wait to see it happen.


The quality of water is essential for sake brewing, that is another advantage of Hawaii.  The delicious and clean spring water will be used in our sake.

For a long time, people of Hawaii have expressed that the earth is enriched when the heavens cry.  Hawaii is an isolated island in the Pacific Ocean but miraculously there is an abundance of clean water. 

In addition, deep ocean water is circulating off the coast of Kona, Hawaii.  I have heard that the molecules are very small when the water that traveled the bottom of the deep sea for a long time.  I'm looking forward to using such deep sea water to brew sake.

In my heart the final planning of sake brewery is forming.  It is a beautiful island, surrounded by wonderful people.  The sake must have the excellent quality. 

The super peaceful sake created by the water and air of Hawaii is soon being created.  It's as if you can hear beautiful Hawaiian music and waves coming from your glass.

 
In the Islander Sake Brewery gentle trade wind blew through every moment.

The sake of the first production is delivered to you with the wind of Aloha.

 
In 2019, we will start a new sake-making adventure with the people of Hawaii.  Thank you very much for your warm and gentle support for our challenge.

 

Introduction of brew master, Dr. Chiaki Takahashi 

Brewing researcher. Wine and sake brewing consultant. Graduated from Nihon Medical University Graduate School of Medicine. She is engaged in the work of scientists elucidating the phenomenon that the diet does not pass through the throat when stressed. 

During the research, she encountered an event that she feels stressed strongly, and drinking sake relieved her from the condition.  She thought the future of humanity might be brighter if the research on sake progress than research prevention of disease.  She decided to change course of study and entered the world of alcohol. 

In 2011, when she worked at the Wine Fermentation Center at the University of Yamanashi, she succeeded in collecting yeast from Fuji Goko lake water, and made wine with the yeast.  After that, she promoted to be a researcher at the National Liquor Research Institute to teach how to make sake.  In particular, when yeast is under moderate stress, it produces a variety of substances with alcohol, which sends out the aroma and unique taste of sake.  She often presents a teaching seminar on the relationship between stress and fermentation is the key to brew better sake.
 

She teaches brewing at Shiojiri Shigakan High School in Shiojiri City, Nagano.  The high school students are engaged in unusual initiatives ranging from grape cultivation to wine making

Also, she teaches at small wineries, high schools, and universities throughout Japan.   She also brewed sake by herself when she was a researcher, and was instructed by Mr. Naohiko Noguchi, the super brew master of Ishikawa prefecture.  In 2017 and again in 2019 she served as a judge of the U.S. National Sake Appraisal.

Her parents' home is a Buddhist temple in Tokyo, where the one of the biggest sake retail shop, Koyama Shoten of Tama City is nearly located.  Because the temple is the center of community, there have been many years of relationship between Koyama Shoten and the temple's activity.
She also has a priest's license to practice at the Buddhist temple.

 

Aware the risk & challenge

We will start producing sake in Hawaii in October 2019, and we schedule to deliver sake to supporters by the end of spring 2020, but this project will be the first new initiative and challenge. There is a possibility that the production schedule greatly delays in the case of an unexpected situation.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

* Underage drinking is prohibited by law.
* Please refrain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy and lactation.
* Please note that we cannot provide sake, for minors. 
※ 2019.08.31 Added- Japanese government restricted oversea brewery to not call sake as Nihonshu in Japanese written material.  Please be aware that the bottle label uses the Japanese word of Seishu instead of Nihonshu.  For an English speaker, it is not matter, sake is sake.
 

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Islander Sake Brewery Original T-shirt

We would appreciate it if you could celebrate the birth of sake brewery with us by wearing an original design T-shirt.

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【Limited to 10 people】 1 Junmai Ginjo sake brewed in Honolulu water

The Islander Sake Brewery will deliver the first sake brewed for 750ml x 1 bottle.

We would appreciate it if you could celebrate the birth of sake brewery in Hawaii, which will be revived for the first time in 33 years.
* Underage drinking is prohibited by law.
* Please refrain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy and lactation.
* Please note that this item cannot be provided for minors.

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1 Junmai Ginjo sake brewed in Honolulu water Special supporters course

This Special supporters' course to support Islander Sake Brewery to be rebuilt in Hawaii for the first time in 33 years
In The Islander Sake Brewery, we will put a plate with your name! (The design plate will be designed to mimic a pineapple. Nickname accepted. )
Please note that there is a possibility of change.
*Warranty period: From December 2019 to the end of November 2020.
The brewery have right to refuse any word or language to be offensive.
The Islander Sake Brewery will deliver 750 x 1 bottle of sake for the first time.

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Islander Sake Brewery Opening Party in Tokyo

To commemorate the opening of The Islander Sake Brewery in October 2019, we will hold an opening party in Tokyo. [First come, first served 70 people]
On the day of the event, you will also be able to sample sake from The Islander Sake Brewery in Hawaii.
Location: Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa 2F
Date and time: March 4, 2020 19:00 - 21:00

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【Limited to 5 people】 Set of 2 Junmai Ginjo sake brewed in Honolulu water

The Islander Sake Brewery will deliver 750ml x 2 bottles of sake for the first time.

We would appreciate it if you could celebrate the birth of sake produced in Hawaii, which will be revived for the first time in 33 years.
* Underage drinking is prohibited by law.
* Please refrain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy and lactation.
* Please note that this item cannot be provided for minors.

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3 Junmai Ginjo Sake brewed in Honolulu water

Special supporters' course to support Islander Sake Brewery to be rebuilt in Hawaii for the first time in 33 years
In The Islander Sake Brewery, we will put a plate with your name! (The design plate is scheduled to be designed to mimic Plumeria.) Please note that there is a possibility of change. Nickname accepted. Warranty period: From December 2019 to the end of November 2020. The brewery have right to refuse any word or language to be offensive.In addition, the Islander Sake Brewery's first sake (750ml x 3 bottles)
Islander Sake Brewery Original Design T-shirt S/M/L/LL will be delivered.

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Your Original Sake will be produced

Why don't you make your own sake at the Islander Sake Brewery, which will be rebuilt in Hawaii for the first time in 33 years?
You will brew your own sake at The Islander Sake Brewery.
About 200 750ml bottles. The number of bottles are subject to change.
*After the project is over, we will contact you with a message in Makuake. We discussed the schedule and details at that time.

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