Sake lovers on the East Coast and in Eastern Canada should be happy.
The Ontario Spring Water Sake Company is now open, located in downtown Toronto's Distillery Historic District. The brewery includes a retail store and tasting bar, using the Izumi brand name (Japanese term for "spring water"). All of their sake will be Junmai, meaning that it is premium sake, produced from only four ingredients: rice, water, yeast and koji-kin. They will also produce numerous Nama, unpasteurized, sakes.
Their website indicates that some of their products will include: Junmai Nama, Draft Junmai, Genshu Nama, Arabashiri, and Kassei-Nigori. They will be available in different formats, including 300 ml bottles, 1.8 liter bottles, or only by the glass. It does not appear, based on the website, that they sell 720ml bottles. They will also sell Izumi branded ceramicware, glassware, clothing and accessories but none are currently visible on their site. Plus, you can purchase kasu, sake lees, which can be used in cooking.
I plan to visit the brewery in mid-May when I spend a couple days in Toronto and I am very excited to taste their various sakes. You can be sure that I will report back upon my return.
Ontario Spring Water Sake Company
55 Mill Street, Building 4
Toronto ON Canada M5A 3C4
(416) 365-SAKE (7253)