Let’s head to Akita Prefecture in Japan’s cold and snowy north. Famous for its rice, lovely women and pure water, the region until recently consumed more sake per capita than any other prefecture. Akita Shuzo, maker of Akitabare, is now in the heart of the daiginjo brewing season. Following long-held traditional methods, they make clean, perfectly balanced sakes with impeccable structure. We look forward to tasting with Sho Nomoto, the brewery’s family owner (or president) and Kodate-san, the brewery’s sales and marketing director.