Tastings by the Hamamatsu Geeks 1~4
The Hamamatsu Geeks held their 5th Shizuoka Juizake Tasting Session on Friday March 21st in their usual locale in Hamamatsu City!
3 brews were on the menu:
Hatsukame Brewery (Shida Gun, Okabe Cho): « Okabe Maru » Junmai
Oomuraya Brewery (Shimada City): « Sake Rock » Futsushu Genshu
Morimoto Brewery (Kikugawa City): « H. Morimoto » Junmai Genshu Muroka Fujihomare.
Reports coming soon!
The next sessions are scheduled on April 18th (featuring brews from Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery) and May 23rd (featuring brews from Hana no Mai Brewery). In both cases representatives of the Breweries will be in attendance!
On November 2nd, thanks to the good offices of Matthew Ryan, the Hamamatsu Geeks held their third tasting session.
Matt, and his friend Stephen have redecorated a house inherited by their common Japanese friend, « »Suzi », a local artist, into an extremely original locale to hold all kind of events and parties, cultural, artistic or gastronomic.
It is beginning to attract a crowd of officionados of all genres and origins, including a new expat sake fan, Jack Ryan. The Japanese fans are becoming patrons and bring new faces every time.
On that particular day, I had brought 3 very brews different from Kakegawa City (Kaihun-Ha, Junmai Ginjo), Shimada City (Oomuraya, Daiginjo) and Gotenba City (Kinmei, Junmai Daiginjo). See coming postings for reports!
Everyone was very keen to learn and taste as usual, but evrey session witnesses more dedication, and before long they will come with more difficult questions and requests, I’m sure!
The next session has been tentaively scheduled on the first Friday of February. Look forward for the latest Shizuoka Breweries’ jizake!
On Friday September 14th, by a typical stuffy September day, was held the second Sake Tasting by the Hamamatsu geeks In Hamamatsu City.
Matthew (Matt/Curly) Ryan and Stephen (Steve/Pom) Waring, once again had the grace and expertise to prepare all for eveyone at their friend artist’s home. The latter, having inherited this large house from his father had converted it completely to create a two-storey house/hall all fit with audio equipment and the lot for regular events. The place is rapidly turning into a local celebrity-gathering den, and it does require some sound management. Well, as long as the Ozzie-Pom lives in Hamamatsu, I have no worries, whatsoever.
I introduced 4 Shizuoka Prefecture Sake:
Hatsukame Honjozo (Hatsukame Brewery-Okabe Cho)
Takasago Junmai Nama Genshu (Fuji-Takasago Brewery-Fujinomiya City)
Susono Junami Shiboritate Genshu (Hana no Mai Brewery-Hamamatsu City)
Kumpai Momiji Junami Ginjo Hiyaoroshi (Kumpai Brewery-Shizuoka City)
(Look at tasting reports to follow).
Interestingly enough, the Takasago brew came out as the favourite of the night.
I had the occasion to meet again quite a few people who had attended the first session in July, especially ladies.
Last time was a bit of a free-for-all, whereas this time everyone made a marked effort to listen and learn. Well at least until the third bottle. The fourth bottle still saw the ladies keen to listen whereas the males only held their empty glasses forward…
I had a great time and time passed really quickly. I did have to hurry to catch my train back to Shizuoka City. Unfortunately I had no time to take pictures of the gals and lads of the day. But I shall make sure of that on October 12th. It is definitely turning into a much-needed regular event. I hope the Shizuoka Geeks will ot be left behind….
During our ill-fated cricket game on June 26th, a buddy of mine, Matthew Ryan, mentioned he was interested in my sake blog and would very like to study our favourite drink. He could have chosen a better moment as the Tokyo Geeks in the persons of Etsuko Nakamura and Melinda Joe had sent me a batch of 12 one-cup and a junmai ginjo from the 13 Breweries in Tokyo.
As It was physically/ »liverly » impossible to taste them all in a hurry, I proposed Matthew to gather a few friends in Hamamatsu, where he is stationed, and have a tatsing party there. I would bring the sake, he would take care of the locale and the food.
Actually Matthew had forgotten to mention what a great place he was planning to hold the party in. He and some of his friends had helped Yukichi, their common Japanese friend with redecorating the latter’s home into an incredible multi-purpose atelier/event locale. The place had a bar, at least two party rooms upstairs and what else with kitchen, music, band space and what else. It had just been made serviceable and our tasting was apparently the first « official » event held there!
Quite a crowd joined in, and it turned out quickly that in spite of Matthew’s efforts (he had brought copies of John’s website information along), people came here more to enjoy all that sake and the food that Matthew, I and some other crazies had churned out of the kitchen. Although they enjoyed the drinks thoroughly (it was first serious sake drinking for most of them, Japanese guests included). When the ladies realized that all the men would take care of everything, they just sat apart to enjoy the food and the drinks, ordering (very) gentle men for more, with the occasional « oh, that one was better! », « what was it? »
Once again, Shizuoka Prefecture Geeks proved that it would take some time before we reach the nerdy dedication of our friends in Tokyo! Country bums? Oh well, it was still a good introduction. We are already planning the next session.
By the way, the Shizuoka Geeks will hold their next « Tasting » (guzzling?) on July 27th!
Cheers to that!