TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - The Ontario Spring Water Sake Company, located
in downtown Toronto's Distillery Historic District, will be opening its
brewery, retail store and tasting bar to the public on Friday April 29,
2011. This brewery is a first for Toronto, and indeed for all of
eastern North America.
"Our sake's fresh and delightful flavour is enhanced by using a very
special spring water chosen among the abundant water resources of
northern Ontario," says Kaz Hayashi, General Manager of the company and
formerly a key member of the team responsible for Ontario distribution
of Gekkeikan, a major Japanese sake brand, while working at a large
Toronto wine agency. "All of our sake is hand-prepared in the "Junmai"
pure rice style in several varieties, including unpasteurized
"Nama-Nama", for sale at the Distillery location brewery store and
tasting counter," he continues.
The brewery commenced operations in February 2011 with advisory
assistance from the venerable Miyasaka Brewing Co., Ltd., whose
operations in Japan date back to the 1600's, currently producing sake
under the MASUMI and MIYASAKA brands. It was via Miyasaka's team that
the new brewery was able to connect with consulting master sake brewer
Yoshiko Takahashi, an award winning brewmaster from the Nagano region
of Japan, who arrived in Toronto several months ago to support the
The commencement of retail operations this weekend will be followed
shortly by a delivery service to a select group of local restaurants,
as well as listing applications at the LCBO for one or more of its
A unique offering at the brewery's retail store is its freshly pressed,
unpasteurized and unfiltered sake, an exquisite beverage which is
currently not available anywhere in Ontario or the eastern seaboard,
making the new brewery in the Distillery a fascinating
and delicious experience for sake, food and fine wine lovers
alike. Other unique items available in the dramatic high stone-walled
retail area of the brewery will include a variety of sake serving
accessories and decorative items imported from Japan. Many available
items will be labeled with the "IZUMI" brand (which means "spring
water" in Japanese) which is the principal brand name used by the
Company for its sake beverages.
Ontario Spring Water Sake Company is a member of the Brewing Society of
Japan, and the first member of the Society located in Canada.
More information on the company can be found on the company's website: www.ontariosake.com.
OSWSC Key Personnel:
Kazuto Hayashi, General Manager, grew up in Wakayama, Japan before coming to Canada to
attend the University of Lethbridge to earn an undergraduate degree.
Immediately prior to joining OSWSC in 2010, for several years Kaz had
the principal responsibility of working with restaurant licensees and
LCBO staff to support the Ontario business of Japan's largest sake
brewer, Gekkeikan, while working for a large Canadian wine agency. Kaz
has received sake brewery operations training at the Nagano, Japan
brewery of OSWSC's advisor Miyasaka Brewing Co., Ltd., as well as
previous training at Gekkeikan's brewery in Kyoto, Japan.
Yoshiko Takahashi, Consulting Master Brewer at OSWSC and President of Japan's Sake and
Local Cuisine Project, is from Nagano, Japan. Ms. Takahashi is a
well-known master brewer with over 20 years' sake-making experience,
principally with Tsuchiya Shuzo in Nagano, where her sakes have
included a brew which won an Award of Excellence at the Kanto-Shinetsu
tasting competition for the National Sake Award in 2005. She is a
member of the Saku Toji Kai guild of sake master brewers, and is a
graduate of the Advanced Sake Brew Master Training program of the
Brewing Society of Japan. As a female master brewer within a
traditionally male-dominated industry, Ms. Takahashi is already
considered to be a pioneer, well-suited to the challenge of supporting
a brand new brewery in eastern North America.
Ken Valvur, President, developed his love for sake while spending several years in
Japan working for Canadian financial services provider Scotia Capital
after attending Japan's Institute of International Studies and
Training. Prior to founding OSWSC in 2010, Ken started Canada's largest
sushi company, Bento Nouveau, where he was CEO until early 2009. Ken
became familiar with the sake industry when he met the owners of
Miyasaka Brewing Co., Ltd. while in Japan at a food industry show and
agreed to represent them in Canada, leading to the successful listing
of MASUMI sakes at the LCBO in 2006.
SOURCE Ontario Spring Water Sake Company
For further information:
Kazuto Hayashi or Ken Valvur at 416-365-SAKE (7253) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ontario Spring Water Sake Company
55 Mill Street, Building 4
Toronto ON Canada M5A 3C4
(416) 365-SAKE (7253)