Lexus knows a thing or two about craftmanship, and sees the same innovative spirit in the world of gastronomy, which is why they teamed up with the UK's first sake brewery Kanpai London. The process of creating sake stands as a tribute to the Takumi craftsmanship that is applied to every Lexus, witnessed in design details and flawless finishes achieved with human skills perfected through years of dedicated training.
KANPAI, meaning 'cheers' in Japanese, is the UK's first sake brewery. Founded by couple Lucy and Tom Wilson in 2016 after falling in love with the fermented rice drink in Japan, they hand craft all their modern British sakes using traditional Japanese techniques, in Peckham, London.
KANPAI are inspired by the experimental approach of the beer breweries that surround them in London so they are always pushing boundaries with sake styles. They offer a sake for every taste - bold savoury sakes, soft fruity sakes, sparkling sakes and cloudy sakes!
Visitors were able to explore KANPAI for themselves and could drop by to taste a sample and listen to the expert brewers talk all things sake. There was also the chance to grab a spot on one of their guided tasting sessions that were held throughout the weekend.
Plus, visitors could see the wonders of rice fermentation in action with KANPAI's live demonstrations of making amazake - a gut-friendly nonalcoholic sake - using koji, the magic mould of Japan that's at the heart of sake, miso and soy sauce.
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