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Hawaii Shochu Company Tour – January 23, 2016

Hawaii Shochu Company Tour – January 23, 2016
66-542 Haleiwa Rd., Haleiwa 1:00 p.m.

Feasting well is about more than just plates of scrumptious food – it is also about THE DRINK! Slow Food O’ahu would like to invite its members to a real slow drink experience.Hawaiian SHOCHU Company is opening its doors to Slow Food O’ahu members for a rare tour of their facilities in Haleiwa.  Ken Hirata is finally distilling his own shochu out of sweet potatoes in Haleiwa. Hawai’i, it turns out, is a great place to make sweet potato shochu, thanks to the  temperate weather and abundance of locally grown, starchy, not-too-watery sweet potatoes.

Shochu is not well known outside of Japan, but for about a decade now, shochu consumption there has overtaken sake. Learn how this wonderful spirit is produced right here on our island with locally available ingredients. Speak with the producer, Ken Hirata, and ask all the burning questions you kept in the vault about distillation just for this occasion. We’ll have an opportunity to taste the unique qualities of locally made shochu. Bring some fixings to share your favorite cocktail recipes.

For background information on shochu and the company, check out two articles by Martha Cheng in Honolulu Magazine, a 2013 article and  2014 article.

The cost is $15 and includes tastings.  The tour is limited to only 8 people.  Reserve your place athttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/hawaiian-shochu-company-tour-tickets-20137170820 (Note: registrations accepted after December 23 at noon)