When it comes to Okinawa, their sun and the beach surely pops up in many people’s mind. If you are into alcoholic beverages, you may also have heard of Okinawa’s “Awamori”. But do you know Okinawa has a brewery that produces sake as well and the brewery is considered as the southernmost sake-brewery in Japan?
Taikoku shuzo (brewery) may have a comparatively shorter history than most breweries in Japan. Apart from Awamori, they actually have started to make sake since 1967 and is currently the only brewery in Okinawa making sake. Their new-release chura-saki (美ら酒) totally gives sake a unique Okinawan twist. “Chura” (美ら) as in the famous Churaumi aquarium, is an Okinawan dialect means “beautiful”. The design of the label on this sake also just screams Okinawa-ness. It’s quite eye-catching, isn’t it?
The sake has a 70% rice-polishing ratio and used rice from Kyushuu. The brewery said Chura-saki goes really well with Okinawa cuisine such as shima-dofu, rafute, and even Taiwanese cuisine! The sake gives such a summer vibe, makes you wanna try and experience Okinawa’s sun and beach in a bottle!