Blue Current Sake Brewery strikes gold in London Sake Challenge

KITTERY, Maine- Blue Current, a sake brewery in Kittery, picked up a gold medal at the 2016 London Sake Challenge,recently  held at Harrods in London. A jury of the world’s best sake professionals from the Sake Sommelier Association recognized and rewarded the most outstanding premium sakes from around the world.

Blue Current’s junmai ginjo was one of only two American-brewed sakes to be honored the top prize.

Dan Ford, the tōji (master brewer) at Blue Current, is now entering his third brewing season.“For me this is an incredible honor,” said Ford. “We are thrilled as a young brewery to be given a gold medal alongside some Japanese breweries that have been brewing for more than an average of 160 years. Four of them were founded before 1800.”

He continued, “We have always stated that we are brewing to please American palates and to bring the experience of premium sake to North America. This is all the more validation that the path we’ve chosen and the flavors we’re developing truly honor Japan’s sake tradition, and that we are earning attention from all sake lovers.”

The London Sake Challenge invites certified sake sommeliers from all over the world, including Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Korea, the United States, and other countries, to evaluate each sake individually for taste, bouquet, and bottle design. The bottles are covered to allow for a “blind” test. Afterwards, the sakes are judged for label elegance and packaging.

Blue Current Brewery hand crafts sake in small batches using traditional methods and the finest natural ingredients. Maine’s pure water and the abundance of cool ocean breezes make Kittery a perfect spot to cold-brew premium American sake.

Blue Current’s premium sake is for sale in the U.S., in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, and now in the UK, with plans for further expansion in the U.S., and abroad in the next year

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