Our brewer Marc ended up taking a mystery trip to Seattle for the last few days. Luckily for him a few pieces fell right into place and he was lucky enough to spend some time with Jeff and Sachiko from Cedar River Brewing in Ballard. Jeff was nice enough to share his wares...the new batch with Yamada Nishiki is fantastic...and catch us up on some of the fun things he's been working on.
We were also fortunate enough that Andy from Tahoma Fuji Sake also stopped by for a visit. We chatted with him about some of the trials and tribulations of opening up his space and the benifits of having a competitor in town to boost both businesses. Jeff said it best, "One sake brewery is a novelty. Two breweries is a trend."
Andy drove us over to his space and showed us around. While being a refurbished garage, it was damn impressive. His setup of tanks and production areas were no joke. It helps that his product is solid as well. Can't wait to see what happens when he gets fully up and running.
Meanwhile back in Denver...Keith and our new salesman Dale (more to come on that later) were fortunate to have John Gauntner and his wife stop by the brewery for a chat and tasting. (Pics to come later) He was in town teaching his Sake Professionals class at DU. Even though most of our wares weren't his favorite, he had some great things to say about our biz and gave us some words of wisdom for the future. We're looking forward to getting some more feedback from his class later this week, as he was nice enough to take a few bottles with him to share with his students.
We're also getting ready to add the first round of peaches to our latest ferment. If all goes to plan we'll have it bottled and ready to go by October 1...Sake Day 2017!!! We'll keep the updates coming on that for sure.