Vancouver’s Granville Island continues expanding its cultural mosaic in the artisan brew market with the opening of “Osake”, a handcrafted sake studio. In the shadow of the venerable Granville Island Brewing Company, sake maker Masa Shiroki is producing the first “made in Canada fresh premium” sake.
The first thing Mr. Shiroki will tell you is that there is far more to this 3000 year old drink than the little cups of it that are served screaming hot at the late night all-you-can-eat sushi bar. Osake concentrates on three varieties of this fermented rice wine, just like wine from grapes, there are many different nuances and characteristics in sake. And, like craft beer, some sakes are cloudy, others crystal clear. You can even try a sparkling sake, who’d have thought? But according to the Japanese, any quality sake is best served chilled.
If you find yourself on the tourist trail in Vancouver any time soon and are in the mood for a different summer quaff, make sure you stop by Osake and say konichiwa to Shiroki San.