|Store Type |||Food/Drink|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa, Cash|
|Cross Street |||Old Bridge|
|Wednesday to Sunday 11AM – 5PM|
Profile Last Updated: January 08, 2009
Brewing sake is a centuries-tradition. Sake is a rice wine that is popular in Japan and increasingly on the west coast of Canada and the US. Its story of origin is as hazy as some of its brews. Some say sake was first produced in China around 4800 BC, while many accept that it first came about in Japan around 300 AD, as wet rice cropping became popular. Now, sake enthusiasts can by Canadian-made sake in the heart of Vancouver.
Osake, Oh Fresh!
Osake Artisan Sakemaker opened its doors in January 2007 with a ceremony that included famous sake makers from Japan and lyrical tributes to the god of sake. The first batch of osake (called such because it’s brewed all year round compared to sake in Japan which is winter-brewed) was made in December 2006 and almost instantly sold out. The studio sells three different kinds of sake ranging in price from $25-$32. There’s the fruity and fun Junmai Nama with hints of melon and pear at 15 per cent alcohol content.
The Sake Goods
Junmai Nama Nigori is cloudy and tastes similar to more traditional sakes, pairing well with spicy dishes at 14 per cent alcohol content. The Junmai Nama Gishu is fragrant and potent, pairing well with most foods at 18 per cent. For beginner sake drinkers, the folks at Osake offer a food and sake pairing experience for under $10. Sake sippers get to experience all three Junmais along with sharp cheese, spicy meat, fruit and nuts. Many local restaurants are starting to carry osake so if you can’t make it to Granville Island, try Tojo’s, Kingyo or Clove on Denman for a made-in-BC sake experience.