- Takeshi Senuma
5 Bottled Japanese Sake to Bring On Your Next Outdoor Trip – From Sparkling to Ginjo!
Japanese sake in bottle-shaped aluminum cans are becoming popular among Japanese sake-loving campers. The light, bottle-shaped cans have screw tops, so they are convenient to carry and are also handy for making traditional “atsukan” (hot Japanese sake) by warming them in hot water. Here are five recommended Japanese sake in bottle-shaped cans!
Slim Bottle Can Yoshinogawa Ginjo-shu
Yoshinogawa is a famous brewery that has been operating for more than 470 years in the famous Japanese sake-producing region of Niigata Prefecture. The eponymous Yoshinogawa, a sweet and fruity Japanese sake, is now available in a chic, aluminum bottle! Yoshinogawa is an outstanding dry Japanese sake with a clean, smooth, and refreshing flavor realized by polishing away 40% of the rice. To fully enjoy its elegant flavors, it is best served slightly chilled or at room temperature. Yoshinogawa is a versatile Japanese sake that is perfect as an aperitif or paired with fish or meat. The 300 ml bottle is a welcome size for the Japanese sake-lover, but if there is any left over, simply put the cap back on and enjoy it another day.
Price: 547 JPY (incl. tax)
Shiboritate 19% Bihappo
Ozeki is a famous Japanese sake brand known in Japan for its single-serving “one cup” bottles. A popular Japanese sake by this brewery in a bottle-shaped can is Shiboritate 19% Bihappo (“Freshly Pressed 19% Slightly Sparkling”). Refreshing carbonation is added to a full-bodied brew to recreate the flavors of freshly-pressed Japanese sake that can be enjoyed at the brewery. It is great as a digestif, and the refreshing flavors realized by the carbonation also make it perfect to pair with a wide variety of cuisines. The 270 ml bottle is just the right size and is easy to carry, making it the ideal bottle to take on a camping trip.
Price: 437 JPY (incl. tax)
Seishu Ginjo Kurakomachi
Takamasamune is an established brewery that has been making Japanese sake in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture in northern Kyushu for over 170 years. It is renowned locally for the outstanding taste of its Japanese sake that is made with underground water from the verdant Minou Mountains. A popular brew in a bottle-shaped can by this brewery is Seishu Ginjo Kurakomachi. It is a crisp ginjo beverage with a floral aroma in a handy 180 ml bottle-shaped can—perfect to take on any outdoor activity, be it a camping trip, barbecue, or picnic. It is great on its own and can also be enjoyed mixed with tonic water.
Price: 2,400 JPY (incl. tax) for a 6-pack
Jozen Mizunogotoshi Junmai Ginjo Bottle-shaped Can 180ml
The town of Yuzawa is in an area with some of the heaviest snowfalls in Niigata, a prefecture famous for its Japanese sake. Shirataki Sake Brewery is a renowned brewery in Yuzawa, with a history going back more than 160 years, and Jozen Mizunogotoshi is one of its best-known brands that is considered to be a classic “tanrei karakuchi” (Japanese sake that is light, crisp, and dry). The Jozen Mizunogotoshi Junmai Ginjo Bottle-shaped Can 180 ml is popular as a great product to enjoy premium quality Junmai Ginjo sake wherever and whenever you want. Mizunogotoshi translates to “like water,” and true to its name, this Japanese sake has a clean, crisp flavor that is almost like water, making it an elegant yet versatile drink that can be enjoyed before, during, or after a meal.
Price: 385 JPY (incl. tax)
Nihon Sakari Nama-Genshu Sake 200ml Bottle-shaped Can
The first Japanese sake to be introduced in aluminum bottle-shaped cans was the Nihon Sakari Nama-Genshu (unpasteurized and undiluted Japanese sake) series that was released in Japan in 2015. Aluminum bottles are lighter than traditional glass bottles and jars and easier to carry compared to paper cartons thanks to the screw tops. The series became popular for these features not only among Japanese sake-lovers, but also to enjoy outdoors while camping or barbecuing. A collaboration campaign with the outdoor gear brand, Montbell, was a great hit. Among the series, the Nama-Genshu Honjozo is recommended for its deep, rich flavors. Be sure to try it with your favorite food.
Price: 284 JPY (incl. tax)
Here we introduced five brands of Japanese sake available in bottle-shaped cans that are perfect to take outdoors. Many other breweries offer their Japanese sake in bottle-shaped cans, so why not enjoy a variety around a campfire?
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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