Attention to all craft brewery lovers! Are you up to try something new?
Sake which is also called rice wine is originated from Japan. Sake does not contain any gluten materials which makes it suitable for gluten-free alcohol drink. Sake can be served hot or cold.
Sake brewing is quite similar to the beer making process. The process of sake begins with choosing the rice. Rice with high starch content is ideal because it helps more starch to alcohol transformation, making the alcohol level stronger. Just like beer, water is a key ingredient to good sake too. Iron and Manganese ions are bad for sake while the correct amount of Calcium and Magnesium ions are desirable.
Rice is then fermented with koji-kin, a type of mold spore that forms from rice. It is the same type of mold used for miso, soy sauce and many other Chinese and Japanese foods. After about 25 days, the fermentation is completed and sake is ready to be served.
Since craft breweries are growing tremendously in the United States, some brewers are trying to craft sake. If you are interested to try a sip of this innovation, one of the original craft sake breweries actually started right here in Minnesota!
Moto-I serves various types of craft sake ranging from junmai nama genshu (green apple flavor) to junmai nama nigori (chocolate flavor). This sake and ramen restaurant which started its business in 2008 offers a total of seven different types of sake. These strong alcohol drinks are brewed for taste perfection. The sake prices ranges from $7 to $20. For more information, check out www.moto-i.com.
It would be nice to celebrate Sake Day this Oct. 1 with sake fans all around the world. Sake Day celebrates the start of the fall sake brewing season. Although sake is celebrated mainly in Japan, it is not limited to that country. Hope you have fun trying something new. Kanpai!