(1)  Purpose

Tokyo Regional Sake Awards are held annually during the autumn. The Awards 2016, which were held by the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau of the National Tax Agency of Japan, invited the entries of sake, honkaku shochu, Beer and Happoshu brewed within the jurisdiction of Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau. By holding the quality examinations of entries along with the event for providing the opportunity for brewers to see the quality of each entry, the awards program aimed at strengthening the foundation of brewing technologies, promoting awareness of alcoholic beverages originally brewed within the jurisdiction, and, in conclusion, supporting the sound development of the alcoholic beverages industry.

(2) Date and Place

  Date Place
Quality examinations Initial judgment
Final judgment
October 4 (Tuesday), 2016
October 5(Wednesday), 2016
October 7 (Friday), 2016
Office of Analysis and Brewing Technology, Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau (9th Floor, Room 911)
Awards ceremony   November 2 (Wednesday), 2016
From 1:40 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Meeting Room 10B, Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau(First-floor)
Event for providing the opportunity for brewers to see the quality of each entry   November 2 (Wednesday), 2016
From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Meeting Room 8 and 9, Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau (4th Floor)

(3) Entry

The eligible alcoholic beverages for entry were sake, honkaku shochu, Beer and Happoshu originally brewed at breweries within the jurisdiction of Tokyo Regional Taxation Office and were categorized as shown in the table below.
WWhile there was no restriction on the brewery year for entries in the Kanzake (warmed sake) category and the Beer and Happoshu category, the brewery year for other categories must be 2015 (from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016).

Category Brewery Year Specifications
Special Designation(tokutei-meisho) Percentage of Rice Remaining after Polishing (%) Amount of Alcohol Added Alcohol Content (%)
Sake Ginjo-shu Brewery year 2015 Ginjo-shu or Junmai ginjo-shu 60 or less None or 10% or less of rice weight Undiluted
Kanzake (warmed sake) - Sake As per commercial specification
Honkaku Shochu Brewery year 2015 - 25.0 or more,
less than 26.0
Beer and Happoshu - Beer or Happoshu

(Note) Specifications are according to the Labeling Standards concerning the manufacturing process and quality of sake (National Tax Agency Notification 8 of November 22, 1989).

Tokyo Regional Sake Awards 2016(in English)

  1. 1 Purpose and Outline of the Awards
  2. 2 Statistics of Entry
  3. 3 List of Awarded Breweries
  4. 4 Summary of Quality Examinations
  5. 5 Judges