Posts tagged with "Shochu Tour"

JAL
Last summer I spent 5 days in Kyushu and 5 more in Okinawa, trying more than 200 shochus and Awamori in a very short span of time. That was just a taste of what's to come. I'm now headed to Kyushu for the prime imo shochu production season. Read More...

satsumabar
This bar is sandwiched between a coffee stand and a soba shop. The cluster of tables in front of the bar are meant to be shared by customers from all three establishments. When we arrived, about 11:30 or noon on a weekday, we were quickly left as the only customers in the Shinkansen waiting area - most travelers, of course, leave the station upon arrival. Not us. We stood in awe of the 250 brands of Kagoshima-made shochu that awaited us at the unexpected Satsuma Bar. Read More...

Kitaya Shuzo
Kitaya Shuzo is a nihonshu (sake) and shochu producer in Fukuoka Prefecture and the first stop on our shochu distillery tour. Seikai Ishizuka and I traveled nearly an hour south of Hakata (main station in Fukouka City) on a commuter train to reach Yame, a city of less than 40,000 people in southern Fukuoka Prefecture. There we were met by a Kitaya representative who drove us to the distillery. Read More...

Rev Bar
On the map, Bar Rev looks like it's a couple side streets off a main thoroughfare. The first side street is actually a narrow sidewalk barely fit for a motorcycle, or perhaps a Japanese microcar, but certainly not a proper street. Had I not know explicitly where to turn I would have wandered aimlessly until getting hopelessly lost or giving up and going back to my hotel. Read More...

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