Dry, strong, clean and fresh-pressed – Brew #19 pressing now!

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What has turned out to be our driest, strongest, sake so far – Brew#19 – is now being pressed.  The first-run arabashiri is indeed characterized by the initially gentle, fruity undertones belying its 19 (a numerical coincidence!) percent alc./vol. strength, and medium dry, clear,  finish whose fruitiness is more subtle than most of our brews to date.  This sake’s body […]

Jamie Kennedy featuring Izumi Sakes at next “Spirit of Local” event

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A group of Izumi Sakes will be featured at Jamie Kennedy’s “The Spirit of Local” event March 5, 2012, 6:30-9:00pm at Gilead Cafe and Bistro.  The theme of the event is A Local Food Movement Cocktail Party.   Ontario Spring Water Sake Company’s Izumi-branded sakes will be sharing the spotlight with Still Waters Vodkas from a distillery […]

Announcing Brewery Tasting Tour Schedule

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Ontario Spring Water Sake Company has recently started conducting regularly scheduled Tasting Tours at our Distillery District sake brewery.  Initially we are offering scheduled tours at 5pm Thursday evenings, and Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm and 4pm.  The tasting tours consist of an overview of the sake brewing process, raw materials and equipment, followed by […]

Fresh Sake Alert – Brew #17 now being pressed! Just-pressed sake available today at our tasting bar!

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This morning we have started to press Brew #17. We have just paused to taste the Arabashiri first run sake, and it is indeed delicious, a smooth, clean and fruity encore to Takahashi-toji, whose methods are now being applied by head brewer Greg Newton.  Those who brave Toronto’s winter weather to visit our brewery today through Monday can taste […]

Converting Sake Lees into Wagyu Beef!

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Last week we made our first delivery of sake lees (“sakekasu”) to Brian Knox’s Wagyu Beef Farm in Formosa, Ontario.  Sakekasu is used by Kobe beef and other Wagyu farmers in Japan as a key part of their diet, as it enhances the animals’ appetite and thereby contributes to the marbling of the gourmet beef.  For sake breweries […]

Izumi Namacho now available in 70 LCBO Stores – Great as a holiday gift or stocking stuffer!

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After launching in a limited number of LCBO stores in a Vintages release in September, Izumi Namacho Junmai Sake is now offered on a continuously available basis at 70 LCBO locations as of today, with more stores receiving shipments soon.  The following link provides updated store locations: http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product/inventory/searchResults.do?language=EN&itemNumber=260174 In most LCBO stores our sake can be found together with all the […]

100% Natural Soap made with our own Sake Kasu Now Available at the Brewery Store!

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Our new all-natural sake kasu soap is now in stock at the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company’s brewery store, located in Toronto’s Distillery District.  Unscented other than with the beautiful natural aroma of sake kasu, the soap also contains  olive oil, palm oil and coconut oil.  Sake Kasu contains high levels of Vitamin B6, which protects skin […]

Batch #13 “Fukuro-tsuri” now being “drip” pressed and ready for tasting– see photo!

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Today (Nov. 10), we started pressing batch #13, using both the “fune” press and the bag-hanging (“fukuro-tsuri”) method. Batch #13 is a slightly dry, higher alcohol sake with lots of body and flavour. We are now serving ‘shiboritate” (just-pressed sake) and “fukuro-tsuri” at the brewery- a rare treat, indeed. We also have lots of space […]

Announcing topics for our weekly Sake Sip & Learn events thru December 15

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Please note the topics for upcoming Sake Sip & Learn events scheduled on Thursday evenings 6-7pm:  November 3     Pressing, Shiboritate and Kasu I (N.B. Our  Nov. 3 event is now sold out) November 10     Pressing, Shiboritate and Kasu II (a supplement to I as we continue to press) November 17     Koji – The Heart of Sake Brewing […]

Freshest sake alert: Pressing has started this morning for Batch #11 – Batches 12 & 13 to follow over next few days!

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This morning we started to press Batch #11, which from initial tasting is another fresh, deep and lively brew!  Shiboritate just-pressed sake now available at the tasting bar.  As this was the first batch to be pressed following Takahashi-sensei’s vacation we chose to refresh the offering for the sake Gods at our brewery’s shrine to mark the […]

Brews 11-13 now underway – Tomorrow through next Sunday (Oct 16) will be the best days to view batch production

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     Now that our master brewer Takahashi-sensei has returned from vacation in Japan we are back in full production mode.  During the current production cycle we are preparing Brews 11 through 13.       The first and most intensive phase of production includes preparation of the 3-stage additions of rice and koji for each brew.  If you are interested in watching […]

Nuit Blanche Specials – Warm October Blend and Arabashiri (free run) Sake Flights

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Nuit Blanche is almost upon us and the Distillery District will be one of this Saturday night’s hottest spots!  To celebrate we will be offering two very special items: 1.  Our special “Warm October Blend”, a gently heated, delicious sake created especially to warm you from the inside out!  The weatherman may be forecasting a cool weekend but a caraffe of our […]

IZUMI Namacho now available at the LCBO!

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The LCBO started stocking IZUMI Namacho Junmai Sake (#260174  300ml $12.95) on their shelves a couple of days ago.  Namacho is a once-only pasteurized version of our signature Nama-Nama unpasteurized sake, which retains its fresh flavour while displayed at room temperature (most sake currently available in Ontario is pasteurized twice, in part to survive the long and sometimes-harsh sea […]

“Lucky 7” is now being pressed and served at the brewery

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Our seventh brew, which we have affectionately named “Lucky 7”, is being pressed today, with a limited quantity of “shiboritate” just-pressed sake from Lucky 7  available for tasting by the glass in the brewery this weekend.   Following on the distinctive “karakuchi” dry Brew #6 which was created with seasoned karakuchi fans in mind, Lucky 7 marks a return […]

Ontario Spring Water Sake Company Retail Opening April 29, 2011

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ATTENTION WINE, FOOD, BUSINESS EDITORS: Toronto’s first Sake Brewery to open this weekend The Ontario Spring Water Sake Company, located in downtown Toronto’s Distillery Historic District, will be opening its brewery, retail store and tasting bar to the public on Friday April 29, 2011.  This brewery is a first for Toronto, and indeed for all of eastern […]