Scotland to build country's first sake brewery for Japanese consumers
After a Japanese whiskymaker did the unthinkable and unseated Scotland to take the title of best whisky in the world last year, Scotland, in turn, has announced plans to open the country’s first sake brewery.
Scottish beer maker Arran Brewery has been given the green light to build a sake bottling facility, beer hall, brewing school and Japanese cultural centre on the site of a former primary school after first hatching the plan last year, reported the BBC.
The project to build a brewery producing Japanese rice wine in Scotland is an interesting one, in light of the fact that a Japanese whiskymaker was recently crowned the World Whisky of the Year for 2015, sending mini shock waves throughout the whisky world.
The Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry was given the title by the authoritative publication on all things whisky, ‘Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.’
According to the BBC, the sake will be produced in Scotland, from Japanese varieties of rice grown in the US, and most sold in Japan.
The visitor center, meanwhile, expects to attract 300,000 visitors a year and will house permanent exhibitions of Japanese art, culture and history.