Aug. 20, 2020 UPDATE
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A longtime sake brewery brings exclusive sake and craft beer at this shop
Kizakura Shop carries signature sake spirits produced by Kizakura, a longtime Kyoto brewery. In addition, you will find exclusive limited sake and craft beer. There are two exclusive sakes on offer: one is the Nigori-Shu, which is kept at room temperature, so it’s highly recommend for taking back home with you as a souvenir. There are also craft beers with the aroma of sake and highly interesting cosmetics made from sake ingredients. You will also find a special area serving shots, which you can then take with you into the adjacent garden to sample your sake or craft beer. Kizakura’s sake achieves a mellow and deep taste not found in other sakes. The Fushimi area is a veritable hallowed ground of sake production, and it is here that you will find some of the finest sake on offer.
Nigori-Shu | Ginjo-Namashu / Nigori-Shu (720ml) ￥1,296 | Ginjo-Namashu (720ml) ￥1296
These two varieties are sold only at this shop. The top recommendation is the Nigori-Shu, which retains unfermented rice particles produced in the brewing process as part of the beverage, giving the bottle contents a cloudy appearance. Give the bottle a shake and then pour to enjoy a rich taste. Pictured at left is the Ginjo-Namashu, which presents a fresh taste the sooner it is drunk.
Kizakura original beer / ￥￥300/350ml
Kizakura’s original craft beers. Given that these beers are produced by a storied Japanese sake manufacturer, the beers are delicious and won’t disappoint. There are ten varieties that have been blended with yeast found in Japanese sake, so they carry its signature scent. In addition to classics like Kölsch and Altbier, you will find tastes not found at other craft breweries. There are also beers made with Tamba black soybeans and a beer offered only in winter that contains cocoa powder. These beverages are sold both by the bottle and in glasses and steins.
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Drinks by the shot / Japanese sake: ￥100 (60ml) | Craft beer: ￥420- (330ml)
Popular Japanese sake is sold by the shot, and you can get draught beer pulled fresh.Kizakura shop features close to sixty varieties of drink, so much so that you may struggle to choose! Your best bet is to try a variety to see their differences. However, please exercise responsible drinking.
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Cosmetics / ￥1,889-
Here you’ll find a range of cosmetics with anti-aging compounds. Japanese sake contains a protein called thioredoxin that promotes beautiful skin. In addition to cosmetics and facial cleansing foam, they carry bath salts and other intriguing takes on sake that go beyond just beverages.
How to buy
Japanese sake comes in varieties that must be stored either chilled or at room temperature. Make sure to ask the shop staff to be check how to keep your sake.
- Shopping Tips -
Sake sold only at this store is marked with an arrow. One way to browse the shop is to follow the arrows as a guide to a variety of unique sake.