Jan 11, 2015

Sake-based cocktails lead to new converts

Yukimi Isomura smiled after sipping a cocktail based on a traditional drink she had never liked. The resident of Handa, Aichi Prefecture, had avoided sake because she considered it dry. But the tasting event organized last month by Nakano Sake Brewery Co. has changed ...

Aloha spirit churned out by 'shochu' venture

Dec 28, 2014

Aloha spirit churned out by 'shochu' venture

In a self-built single-room facility in the small North Shore beach town of Haleiwa, Hawaii, Ken Hirata is distilling a unique kind of liquor. The 46-year-old Hirata and his wife, Yumiko, moved to Hawaii from Japan three years ago to start Hawaiian Shochu Co., ...