First-Ever Japan-led Sake Brewery to Open on U.S. East Coast

(WNY News Now) – Dassai, a renowned premium sake maker, has inaugurated its state-of-the-art brewery in Hyde Park, New York, marking the first-ever Japan-led sake venture on the U.S. East Coast.

Hyde Park – Dutchess County’s Hyde Park witnessed a milestone in the world of sake as Dassai, celebrated for its premium offerings, unveiled an $80 million, 55,000-square-foot brewery and tasting room, introducing its new U.S. brand, Dassai Blue. With three decades of exponential growth globally, Dassai’s expansion into New York underscores its commitment to the thriving sake market.

New York Governor Hochul lauded the move, highlighting its potential to boost job creation and regional growth. Empire State Development extended up to $588,235 in tax credits to support Dassai’s expansion, facilitating the creation of 32 new jobs.

Dassai specializes in Junmai Daiginjo sake, crafted from 100% Yamada Nishiki rice using traditional methods alongside modern technology. Dassai Blue’s arrival marks a unique milestone, becoming the first of its kind in the U.S.

Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Jun Mitsui, Dassai Blue’s facility blends modernity with tradition, offering visitors an opportunity to witness the brewing process through windows into production rooms.

Collaborating with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Dassai plans to promote sake education and awareness through curriculum, certification programs, and public classes. This venture aligns with Dassai Chairman Hiroshi Sakurai’s vision of sharing Dassai globally.

New York’s thriving craft beverage industry gains a valuable addition, complementing its status as a top-ranking state in various beverage categories.

The Dassai Brewery adds a unique dimension to the state’s tourism efforts, inviting visitors to explore the art of sake brewing while experiencing local attractions and destinations.

About Dassai Blue and Dassai:

Dassai Sake, a super-premium Junmai Daiginjo sake, produced with Yamada Nishiki rice using craft methods, has a rich history dating back to the 1700s in Southern Japan. Under the Sakurai family’s stewardship, it evolved into an international sensation, with Dassai currently ranking as a top ten sake brand in Japan.

Dassai’s core range includes Dassai 23, 39, and 45, as well as Dassai Sparkling and Dassai Beyond, each reflecting the rice polishing ratio.

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