Archive for October, 2013

We completed our third season growing sake rice in the fields of Abbotsford. Our fields yielded about 2.7 tons of premium brown rice, more than triple the amount compared to last year. Video | Rice Drying
Over the Thanksgiving weekend the first riceharvesting combine in Canada brought artisan sake maker Masa Shiroki’s rice harvest in from his Abbotsford field. Abbotsford now lays claim to the most northerly sake-rice production in the world. The combine, imported from Japan (with its own engineer flown in from Hokkaido to run it) has made this […]
By Alina Konevski – Abbotsford News Published: October 17, 2013 8:00 AM In a metallic barn behind Bakerview EcoDairy, just south of the highway off Sumas Way, there is a burgeoning collection of machinery for growing and processing rice. The dehusker, sifter, thresher, rice grader, and specialized tractor able to work in water all bear […]
The moment I met Masa Shiroki in his Artisan Sake Maker shop shortly after it opened on Granville Island, I was conscious of the fact that he was making history. (And I was lucky enough to be a storyteller on the sidelines.) Yesterday, another first. When I joined Shiroki on his field, the first rice-harvesting […]
We began harvesting the “locally grown” Sake Rice in Abbotsford Video | Rice Harvest
Artisan Sake Maker was the featured article in Helijet In-flight Review Magazine. Click on the image to view the full article (page 12)
In the first of a three-part series, sake educator Elise Gee talks about the first commercial sake microbrewery in North America. Canada is the home of pioneers. The light bulb, insulin, basketball and five-pin bowling — just a few of our greatest contributions to humankind. No big deal. So, as craft brewing is quickly reaching its cultural […]