Kamoizumi Sake Dinner

Sake no Hana

Sake no Hana is hosting an exclusive seven course dinner paired with a selection of sakes and hosted by special guest Kazuhiro Maegaki, great-grandson of the Kamoizumi Sake Brewery’s founder.

The Maegaki family has been producing sake in the famous brewing town of Saijo in Hiroshima since 1910. The brewery has always taken a strong stand for individuality, producing robust, tawny, full-flavoured sakes with a smooth finish. Price at £90 per person, the sake dinner will include contemporary Japanese dishes paired with a selection of Kamoizumi label. Mr. Maegaki will entertain and inform guests with a behind the scenes look at the production, of his family’s brewery.

Dates Tuesday, 16th July 2019
Time 6:30pm–11:00pm
Place Sake no Hana
23 St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1HA [map]
Sake List Kamoizumi “Junmai Daiginjo”
Kamoizumi “Shusen”
Kamoizumi “Nigori Ginjo”
Kamoizumi “Red Maple”
+ an exclusive namazake
Ticket £90 per person
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About Kamoizumi Brewing Company

Sohomare Karakuchi
Photo: Kazuhiro Maegaki, the fourth head of Kamoizumi Brewing Company

From December through March, the Saijo area west of Hiroshima has an average temperature of 3 degrees Centigrade with low humidity. The water is mildly alkaline. The rice is good. It is one of the most favoured brewing locales in the entire Japanese archipelago.

The Maegaki family who run the Kamoizumi brewery started out as rice farmers who became landlords and then moved into “value added” areas such as rice milling and eventually sake brewing at the onset of the modern era in 1910. In 1965 Kamoizumi became one of a pioneering group of ten breweries who committed to junmai sake production, at a time when breweries all over Japan were adding excessive amounts of brewers alcohol to cut costs.

At the time it was the practice to filter the pressed sake through charcoal to remove impurities and attain the pure, colourless state that was the aesthetic ideal. The Kamoizumi brewers felt, however, that these “impurities” were essential characteristics of the sake itself, and that to remove them entirely was to compromise the essential nature of its identity.

No brewery in Japan has taken a stronger stand for individuality than Kamoizumi. Their sake has an attitude: robust, tawny, full-flavoured, yet with the smooth finish and easy drinkability that are the hallmarks of technical mastery. Aging and blending are paramount, and when finally released the Kamoizumi labels pair well with meat dishes and Chinese cuisine, a rarity in the sake world. Connoisseurs admire their supple balance of sweetness, acidity, astringency and the elusive flavour component of “umami.”