Sho Shin Sake
The Netherland’s first Sake Brewery
A shared passion led Two Dutch friends to start their own, independent sake brewery in Oosterbeek, The Netherlands – a village squeezed between forests and rivers, widely acclaimed for its outstanding landscape and natural springs.
Founders Arno and Reinout immersed themselves in the craftsmanship of sake brewing and are discovering the various facets of the process.
This Sake is their contribution to the taste and culture they are so passionate about.
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‘In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.’Shunryu Suzuki
Our story starts with two high school friends who thought it would be easy to brew some sake during quiet Covid evenings. We share a special reverence for Japanese cuisine and culture, which sparked the idea to try and see if we could master the intricate technique of sake brewing without any prior brewing experience. Turns out it isn’t that easy….
With brewing literature being scarce, our curiosity guided us in our trial-and-error experimentation. Together with local designers we developed our own brewing equipment, upgrading our brewery set-up along the way. Very patiently, we are always improving our own locally grounded take on the ancient Japanese tradition of sake brewing.
The brewery is located in a 19th century building in Oosterbeek, a historic artists’ colony widely acclaimed for its outstanding natural landscape and natural springs. The geographic conditions that formed these springs also give its water just the right amount of minerals: a perfect source for creating fine sake!
In order to produce the best sake, all other brewing ingredients are obtained from Japanese craftsmen. Their specific knowledge and facilities to produce high-quality polished sake rice, koji-kin and special sake yeasts are part of age-old traditions.
The process of procuring and exporting these ingredients is a journey in itself and has led to valuable intercultural contacts and knowledge exchange. This winter, we are invited to an apprenticeship in a family-owned sake brewery in the mountains of the Yamagata prefecture in Northern Japan.
Follow us on our journey!
Sake consumption in Europe is growing. By transporting the dry ingredients and adding the water locally, we minimize transportation cost to where the product will be consumed. The brewery is energy neutral and we adhere to a zero-waste mentality. Obviously, we only use natural ingredients and no additives.