To tell you the truth, for quite a few years now, I have been intending to visit this location and highlight its wares but for some reason it never did fit neatly into my schedule on the day. Luckily a few hours opened up for me and my original plan had to be changed, however the god`s shine on me and my chance to check out my first Sake Brewery in Nagasaki came to fruition.
The rest is history! Right from the beginning the friendly ladies welcomed me with open arms (not figuratively) allowed me to wander around on my own device, allow me to ask a multitude of questions and to basically give me full access of their facilities in order to make this report. Even though I was here for only 45 minutes or so, it felt so much longer as there was some much information that i was able to digest and use. Unfortunately there is not a huge amount of written and spoken English in this environment but the warm hearted smiles and manners of all the staff members really hopes to overcome any language communication difficulties.
I was not able to drink on the day (zero drinking and driving policy in Japan) but the range of Sake (Japanese Rice Wine) Shochu (Japanese Distilled Spirits) and Liquers is more than enough to satisfy everyone`s requirements. So I am absolutely sure that I will be back as a non driver to sample at my hearts content in order to be the best guide and provider of information on the day. It`s a hard job but I am sure I can handle it!
Please check out the Umegae Sake Brewery here on a map:
Here is a video of my experience at the Umegae Sake Brewery that I am sure you will enjoy: