Nothing goes better with Sushi than a good Japanese beer and Sake. For anyone that has had the opportunity to taste that triumvirate, they will tell you that they never saw the hit and the hangover coming.
It just gets ya like a ninja.
Although the term “sake” in Japanese refers to any alcoholic drinks, everwhere else sake is the name for rice wine.
Here’s a little excerpt from Wikipedia about the sake production process:
However, unlike true wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting the sugar naturally present in fruit, sake is made through a brewing process more like that of beer. To make beer or sake, the sugar needed to produce alcohol must first be converted from starch. But the brewing process for sake differs from beer brewing as well, notably in that for beer, the conversion of starch to sugar and sugar to alcohol occurs in two discrete steps, but with sake they occur simultaneously. Additionally, alcohol content also differs between sake, wine, and beer. Wine generally contains 9–16% alcohol and most beer is 3–8%, whereas undiluted sake is 18–20% alcohol, although this is often lowered to around 15% by diluting the sake with water prior to bottling.
Although there are many different ways sake is prepared, my personal preference is to drink it cold and unfiltered.
Just like how some of you out there like your women.
For more information about Sake, you can visit the sake.com site. To try some sake for yourself, check out your closest sushi bar.
“Koketsu ni irazunba koji wo ezu.”