Europe’s First Sake Brewery
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri (The Uncompromising Brewery) brews Sake with character and integrity. All the Sakes are Yamahai and are made with Ginpu rice from Hokkaido. The Japanese characters read "hadaka jima” or “Naked Island” from the Nowegian “Nøgne Ø”.
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With the same level of passion that led to the Nøgne Ø beers, Toji Kjetil Jikiun is now offering Sake from Europe’s first Sake brewery. His approach has been to make bold, rich, flavourful Sakes. To this end he has chosen to make all the Sakes using the older, more traditional Yamahai method. This is a much more labor intensive and demanding process but leads to more complex and unique flavours in the final product. Other noteworthy brewing choices are the use of Ginpu rice from Hokkaido, a naturally occurring yeast for one of the products, and another product made entirely from the Yamahai moto. In addition, four of the five products currently offered are Nama, again to offer the full complement of rich flavours and aromas from the Sake.