What started as an experiment has turned into a way for Otokoyama Honten brewery to recover from the 2011 Tohoku triple disaster.
Melinda Joe is an American journalist in Tokyo. A certified wine and sake professional, she writes about Japanese drinks in her Kanpai Culture column for The Japan Times and blogs at tokyodrinkingglass.blogspot.com.
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