20 Aug Kanpai Sake: a new home for sake in London?
If you’re a fan of sake and live in London, chances are you’ve heard of new kids on the block: Kanpai Sake. If not, listen up…
Existing to create distinct London style sakes produced using traditional Japanese techniques; Tom and Lucy (sake enthusiasts and founders of Kanpai Sake) have spent the last year and a half making their mark as the UK’s first sake brewery.
“Tom and Lucy spent years mastering intricate brewing methods in a bid to bring unique blends – with a distinct London edge – to the UK”
Having fallen in love with sake during a trip to Japan, Tom and Lucy spent years mastering intricate brewing methods in a bid to bring unique blends – with a distinct London edge – to the UK. Once they’d found their feet, the pair got creative, crafting a one-of-a-kind sparkling ‘Fizu’ sake and sharing their produce at festivals, craft beer shops, and burger joints.
With success (just ask them about their awards) comes growth and the opportunity to expand. Having outgrown their current, well-loved nano brewery in Peckham, Tom and Lucy have their eyes on a new space. As well as somewhere to produce sake, they have the vision to connect more with London’s sake-drinking community with the addition of a casual bar and opportunity for tastings.
But they need help, which the Nakama team are only too keen to provide. Tom and Lucy’s Crowdfunder page is currently live, allowing sake lovers or those simply intrigued by the idea to get involved and support their expansion.
With help of their supporters, Tom and Lucy are aiming to:
- Get a bigger brew tank
- Lay new flooring
- Create drainage (it can’t all be glamorous!)
- Make a start on getting a custom steaming and squeezing machine
- Sort out plumbing, electrics, cold room and woodwork
- Launch a tap room bar
All of this will not only allow them to brew more (and better quality) sake but to be able to host tours and workshops too.
We’re so excited to get behind Kanpai Sake’s next steps and invite you – if you feel as excited about this project as we do – to get behind their Crowdfunder. As if the prospect of a hot sake joint wasn’t enough, they’re offering some awesome prizes in return for support. Win win.