Due to the complex brewing process and the requirement of top-notch raw materials, there are only few sake breweries beyond the border of Japan, mostly being a branch of Japanese headquarters such as the Ozeki, Yaegaki and Gekkeikanin in the United States. They produce Sakes which target US market, but it is rare to find a brewery managed by foreigners.
However, with growing culture and attention in Europe and US, there is a rising trend of foreign capital brewery. From the early “Naked island” from Norway, to recently launched “Les larmes du levant” from Pélussin, Southern France. It was founded by Grégoire Boeuf, who had been studying in Umetsu Shuzo for 2 years. Being the first group of Sake brewers in France, he set a good example of oversea Sake that integrates local water and Japanese technology, which mainly targets F&B market.
The Britain, not to be out done, had a plan of setting up Sake brewery in 2014, which was initiated by a beer brewery. Before this unprecedented dream come true, another brewery Dojima Sake Brewery UK is about to jump the queue, in which the plant is close to the completion. The stunning new brewery, located inside a traditional British manor, is expected to start its production in 2018 and has become a spotlight featured by a Japanese multimedia programme.
As more new plants established in Europe and the United States, Sake is ready to turn into a new page, which integrates local elements and adapts to local environment, resulting in fine-tuned version of Japanese Sake. I am looking forward to the day that Hong Kong producing its own Sake one day.
日本酒因釀造過程複雜，加上對原材料的高度要求，以致少有清酒廠在海外設立，而在日本以外地方設廠的，多為日本酒廠的分部，如美國的大關, 八重垣和月桂冠等設立的酒廠。生產針對美國市場的清酒， 但由外國人主導的清酒廠則較少。
傳統愛酒大國英國也不甘示弱，雖然早在2014年已有啤酒廠表示有意設立清酒廠，不過一直只聞樓梯響， 未見真身，但另一間酒廠Dojima Sake Brewery UK則更見積極，酒廠準備好添置新的廠房釀酒，廠房已接近完成階段; 傳統英式莊園內，竟是清酒釀造廠，注目度爆燈，難怪日本方面也派攝製隊拍攝專輯，酒廠已定於2018年生產目標。