“Bodaimoto” is said to be the original fermentation starter for sake, first cultivated at Shoryakuji Temple in Nara. This method was revived by brewers in Nara in 1999 and is now used at select breweries. To impart the experience of drinking sake during its first discovery, they don’t manipulate the fermentation temperature as much. The trip back in time tastes of sweet umami layered with tangerine citrus, bright and juicy.
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Yucho Brewing Company
This brewery was founded in 1719 by an oil dealer named Chobei, which is part of how it got its name. Yu means “oil,” and then the first part of the founder’s name, cho, was added to that. Though it has just recently celebrated its 300th year, most of the brewers are under 40. They want their generational spirits to grow and evolve alongside the traditional techniques they use. Yucho Brewing Company specializes in muroka nama genshu, which is freshly pressed sake that has no filtration, pasteurization or added water. Their unaltered sake is thick, smooth and rich in texture.
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