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Column 2021.03.11

Recommendation of Niigata Sake Trip

There are currently 88 sake breweries in Niigata prefecture. Although it is less than 20 to 30 years ago, which was said to be 108 warehouses, which is the same as the number of "Joya no kane", the number is now the largest in Japan! There are sake breweries in 21 of the 30 municipalities.The nine municipalities that do not have a sake brewery will be asked to think slowly later ...If you are a fan of Niigata sake, you will know where the municipality has the most sake breweries. Nagaoka City has 16 sake breweries.This is followed by 14 warehouses in Niigata City and 12 warehouses in Joetsu City.

Due to the corona disaster, the biggest event in the prefecture's sake brewing industry, "Niigata Sake no Jin," has been canceled for the second consecutive year.Many people are mourning, but there are many ways to enjoy Niigata sake.One of them is a sake trip.
A real sake trip has the charm of being able to enjoy the atmosphere of the area, and a virtual sake trip that you can enjoy by ordering has the advantage of using local ingredients at home, thinking of dishes that match the local sake, and enjoying your own style of pairing. There is.This time, we will show you a sake trip in Nagaoka City, which has the largest number of sake breweries in the prefecture.

Pay attention to the new spot!

Nagaoka City will hold an event "Fermentation Town Nagaoka HAKKO trip" on November 21, 2020.At Aore Nagaoka and Settaya, visitors enjoyed drinking, eating, buying, and experiencing fermented foods such as sake, miso, and soy sauce, and walking around Settaya.Last year, two spots that sake lovers shouldn't miss were born in Nagaoka City, which has an aggressive stance and holds events with perfect countermeasures even in the case of corona.

Appearance of local sake BAR Koshinosakeonkikidokoro

One is "Michi-no-Eki Nagaoka Fireworks Museum" which opened on September 18.

Road Station Nagaoka Fireworks Museum

At the "local sake BAR Koshinosakeonkikidokoro" of "Omitsugiya" in the hall, you can sample 16 local sakes in Nagaoka city for a fee.

Omitsugiya

The content of sake changes in 2 to 3 weeks.In addition, there is also a service where artificial intelligence (AI) can select sake in the store according to taste using the app "Sakeai" developed by students of Nagaoka University of Technology.Those who have installed the app will get a discount on tasting money, so give it a try.
There is also a "Yoshinogawa Sake Bar" in the food court inside the fireworks building, so it is recommended to go on a ladder.

The second new spot is "Settaya 6 Avenue Fermentation Museum Komegura" which opened on October 17 in the brewing town of Settaya.

Settaya 6th Avenue Fermentation Museum, Komegura

In the renovated Komegura of Kina Saffron Sake Honpo, which is known for Kotee, you can purchase fermentation-focused cafes and 5 breweries in the Settaya area. There is space. It also sells products from two Settaya breweries, Hasegawa Shuzo Co., Ltd. and Yoshinogawa, as well as saffron Sake.

Settaya 6th Avenue Fermentation Museum / Introspection of Yonekura

At "Yoshinogawa Sake Museum Brewery" located across the road from the rice brewery, you can enjoy paid tasting and sales, as well as a game experience with the theme of sake brewing.

Yoshinogawa Sake Museum Brewery

You can't visit Hasegawa Shuzo Co., Ltd., but you can buy products on weekdays.Let's walk along the quaint street surrounded by the scent of koji, which continues from the Hoshino main store, which is the brewer of miso and soy sauce.

Hasegawa Shuzo Co., Ltd.

There are still more!Tasting spot

Currently, Asahi Shuzo Sake Brewing Co., Ltd. is only offering a "20-minute tour course".At "Saranosato Asahiyama" opposite the sake brewery, which is the reception place, you can sample local sake from Asahi Shuzo Sake Brewing Co., Ltd. for free (1 cup) and for a fee.As with the tour, it is accepted on the day, so it is nice that you can enjoy it casually except for the driver.

Saranosato Asahiyama

The last is a sake shop inside Nagaoka Station that you want to stop by on a train trip.

Ponshukan Nagaokaeki store's sake bansho

At the "Kikizake Bansho" of the "Ponshukan Nagaokaeki store", there are a lot of recommended brands of all sake breweries in the prefecture!Let's compare the local sake of Nagaoka.However, there are XNUMX warehouses, so be careful not to drink too much.

Ponshukan Nagaokaeki store Kikizake Bansho

You can also enjoy paid tasting at "Saranosato Asahiyama Ekinakaten" in the same station.

Saranosato Asahiyama Ekinakaten

The 16 sake brewery sites in Nagaoka City have information on their own online shops and stores, so if you are a home drinker, use the site and enjoy your Nagaoka sake trip at home.And after corona, I want you to enjoy a real Nagaoka sake trip.

* Please refrain from drinking if you drive a car.

Editor-in-chief of "cushu notebook" and "R from Niigata"
Mariko Takahashi
cushu.jp
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