With over 1,500 sake breweries spread across Japan, authors Brian Ashcraft and Takashi Eguchi knew they would never have time to visit them all while writing “The Japanese Sake Bible,” a deep dive into the nation’s ubiquitous drink.

“I live in Kansai, so there’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to how many great breweries with history are here,” Ashcraft says. “I visited well over 100 breweries across the country and Eguchi-san went to breweries in places like Brazil, Mexico and Taiwan. This was an expensive book to make.”

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