onsdag 8. desember 2010

Water from Olavskilden- “Olav Sources”

We collect water for our Yamahai Moto (starter for Sake batches) from Olavskilden very near Fjære Kirke in Grimstad Kommune.  
We use this water because it is completely natural and pure which is very important for a strong, healthy Moto, the Mother of a Sake batch.

Olavskilder refers to “Olav Sources” named after Olav II, King of Norway from 1015 to 1028, who was canonized as St. Olav. There are many springs throughout Norway that bear his name. They are often related to the pilgrimage route. They commonly have the attributes of rarely running dry even in periods of drought. Many of these sources were likely associated with paganism before the introduction of Christianity.
The bottom line is everyone appreciates good water!

lørdag 30. oktober 2010

This is the second best sumo wrestler in the world.

He`s called Baruto and
he loves the products
Nøgne Ø

onsdag 13. oktober 2010

Japanese version of the sake description

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Newsletter from True Sake - America`s first sake store

Dear Sake Drinker,

Welcome to the October Issue of America's sake-centric Newsletter. In this issue read about the first batch of sakes made in Norway, discover what Chapter 11 means in the sake world, see how magazines get it wrong and right about sake, learn what a retailer in Hokkaido thinks about big vs small breweries, and drool over the great combination of chicken skin and Yamahai sake.

Read more: http://www.truesake.com/newsletters/newsletterCurrent.php

mandag 4. oktober 2010

Name giving ceremony

On September 25th K-Line had a name giving ceremony for a new ship.  
We are proud to announce that K-line chose Nøgne Ø as supplier of sake for this traditional japanese ceremony.

mandag 20. september 2010

Sake tasting

A few days ago Nøgne Ø was invited to a sake lecture and tasting in London.  The event was hosted by Hasegawa Saketen.  More than 200 different sake were available, and lots of toji from the different sakegura were present.
As always it is interesting to taste new and interesting Nihonshu, and there were lots of interesting people to meet.
At the end of the tasting, Hasegawa-san suggested that he and some professional sake judges could evaluate the Nøgne Ø sake.  A pretty nerve wrecking idea if you are asking me.  
So how did I feel?  Like a schoolboy in front of the professor!  These judges were true professionals.  I was very impressed with their feed back, which was highly appreciated.
And what was the verdict?  
Hmmm........I guess we are in disagreement on amino-san levels and whether to pasteurize or not.
The rest can wait until some other time!



mandag 13. september 2010

Europe`s first and only sake brewery will present products in Copenhagen

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Europe’s first and only sake brewery will present products in Copenhagen

Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri, Grimstad, Norway is proud to present our five sakes in Denmark! We are having a small informal press conference where we will present and taste our sake products at Mikkeller Bar, Viktoriagade No. 8 B-C in Vesterbro, Copenhagen Monday, September 20th at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

lørdag 28. august 2010


We have previously released some news about our philosophy on storing nama-zake.

I have since then learned that there is a Norwegian importer planning to release a nama-zake (brand or kura name, Terade Honke) at Vinmonopolet(government operated outlet system for alcoholic beverages) bestillingsutvalg(the potrfolio of products which can/has to be ordered by the individual outlet). This importer is quite satisfied with the fact that the cold storage of these outlets are kept at 12-15 degrees C. We think this is very interesting, and lots can be learned by this experiment.
As we wait for this to take place, we are eager to learn more about the storing and aging of nama-zake. As such, we invite everyone with experience, knowledge or opinions about this, to send us comments!


torsdag 26. august 2010

Sake sales rep for Oslo

We are proud to announce that we now have a sake sales representative for Oslo. Yutaka Otashiro has long experience in importing, selling and distributing alcoholic beverages of various kinds.

This photo is from a sake and food pairing event at the brewery, were Yutaka totally impressed us all with his cooking!

onsdag 25. august 2010


We have done some adjustments and changes to our labels.

From now on, they will all have a name.
Also note the text about cold storage and that the nigori has pressure!

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tirsdag 24. august 2010

Extreme products will be available in “Vinmonopolet”:

Finally, some extreme products will be available in the government owned outlet system for alcoholic beverages, “Vinmonopolet”:

In the recent past we have been having a little bit of extra fun, and now in September it will be possible to see the outcome:

Junmai-shu. This is our only pasteurized sake, and therefore the only one which can come in the usual portfolio of Vinmonopolet. This is a sake made by the traditional Yamahai-shikomi method. (Well all our sake are!) An aromatic sake with good mouthfeel.

Since unpasteurized sake must be kept cool, such cannot get to the standard portfolio at Vinmonopolet. We think this is regrettable. For starters Vinmonopolet does not offer refrigerators or cold storage in their stores. In addition, no wholesalers/distributors with delivery agreement with Vinmonopolet has cold storage.

This means that Norwegian consumers do not have access to unpasteurized sake. Unpasteurized sake is more lively than pasteurized. In many ways it speaks with capital letters, or without filter if you will.

To try to do something with this, we challenge our customers to order directly from the outlets. This is referred to as special orders. This is done by the individual customer at Vinmonopolet outlets. We will then send the stuff by Post. The two to three days delivery time for this shipment is acceptable, even for nama-zake!

We now have 4 unpasteurized sakes:

Niogori. Milky White and slightly sparkling, with a grains of rice.

Nama-Genshu. Fermented with the famous Masumi-yeast. Peaches and sweet flower.

House Yeast. Fermented with naturally occurring yeast. Wild Raspberry and yuzu.

Yamahai motoshibori. A pressed moto (yeast starts). Intensely acidic, almost like rhubarb.


tirsdag 10. august 2010

A Norwegian sake adventure

Sake from Nøgne Ø. Photo: Gunnar Lie
Dagens Næringsliv, 06.08.10,Vinguiden; Merete Bø

After several years of planning could finally micro brewery Nøgne Ø initiate its own sake production in January this year.

Although sake has roots stretching back to the year 700 AD in Japan, sake has been an unwritten chapter in the Norwegian context. Until now.

Japanese rice is imported to get the best result, although Nøgne Ø for fun also tried the Italian matrix. Some of the rice Nøgne Ø User Name Yamada Nishiki, also called the King of sakeris and regarded as the most exclusive and best brand. While most of the rice is of type Ginpu coming from Hokkaido.

This has resulted in three very different cases that were launched in May this year. Unfortunately, production is small and the bottles have not yet found its way to Vinmonopolet shelves. It is expected however, that they appear in the order range in autumn. So far, only a few selection of restaurants and bars that have bottles from the menu. But those who wait for something good does not wait in vain.

Read more, check test, see the selection: http://www.dn.no/vinguiden/article1950549.ece

tirsdag 25. mai 2010

First European sake was released by Nogne-O

We are proud to announce that our sake was released for sale on May 4th.
We have three products:  A pasteurized junmai-shu, a nigori and a nama genshu.  All these are yamaha and unfiltered.

On this picture you can see our bottling device on the left.  As the bottles are filled, they are put on the table, then lifted into the pasteurizer (rice steamer).  When pasteurizing is finished, the bottles are put on the conveyer belt to the labeler (Kjetil is doing it here).  After labeling, the bottles are packaged in boxes(you can see Sean at the end of the packaging line putting bottles in boxes).

For more information - visit our website: http://nogne-o.com

lørdag 15. mai 2010

Sake fra Nøgne-Ø

Europas første komersielle Sake lages av Nøgne-Ø i Grimstad. Dette ble behørig dekket av norges største tv kanal.

Mer om dette kan du se og høre fra Norge Rundt sendingen til NRK som gikk 14.05.10
Opptaket kan sees i sin helhet ved å klikke her
(ca.8,30 minutter ute i sendingen)

fredag 14. mai 2010

Unik Sake fra Nøgne Ø

Under construction
Denne siden vil være den ofisielle bloggen om Sake produksjonen til Nøgne-Ø

Den vil innholde videoer,bilder,artikler, lenker.