Happy World Sake Day!


Sake, the Japanese fermented-rice beverage, has been steadily growing in popularity in the United States

October 1 is World Sake Day. While the fermented beverage, made from rice, water, koji (a culture made by growing different fungi on cooked grains or legumes), and yeast, isn’t new to the U.S., it has notably grown in popularity over the last year.

Commonly called “Japanese rice wine,” sake is actually more similar to beer than wine given the way it’s brewed. But because it is non-carbonated and much higher in alcohol content than beer, it tastes more similar to wine. (Learn more about the sake-making process here.)

Sales of sake in the Twin Cities have increased substantially over the last year, and there are myriad restaurants around the Metro serving the beverage. A large part of its growing presence and popularity can be credited to Moto-i Ramen & Sake House in Uptown, which debuted in 2008 as one of the first U.S. sake breweries.

Learn more about the trend and where you can buy sake in the Twin Cities at Star Tribune.

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