I visited Matsumoto City for attending the Beer Festival in Matsumoto. Mr.Hayashi, the very well known and respected bartender in Matsumoto who helped us for the past 2 years at the sister city event was the organizer of this Beer Festival, so I made a visit to say hi.
2018 is the 60th anniversary year since SLC and Matsumoto City became sister cities. My company has a head quarter in SLC and we have been trying to promote economical exchange between these two cities since 2016. So far, we were able to sell a SLC made rum at the Matsumoto city and with the help from Mr.Hayashi, we create a cocktail using apple juice made in Matsumoto, named it Salt Lake Breeze and sold it at the Matsumoto city festival called Rakuichi Rakuza. We’ve been also working on exporting sake from Matsumoto city to SLC.
These economical exchange activities were started 2 years ago so we made a goal to export Daishinshu, the sake from Matsumoto to SLC by July 2018 for the 60th sister city anniversary and shall toast with Daishinshu with the people from Masumoto City of Commerce. Regretfully, we could not achieve this goal, as the exporting process has been taking much longer time than we had expected. Meanwhile, Mr.Hayashi who had a dream to build a brewery in Matsumoto city using local ingredients has been realizing his dream steadly and finally built the brewery in the city this year. He also collaborated with Epic Brewery in SLC and created a special beer recipe for the sister city anniversary event. A man of his word. Impressive! And since this collaborated beer was also served at the Beer Festival, I had to congratulate him and cheer with this beer.
The weather was clear and sunny. A perfect day for drinking beer admiring stunning Matsumoto Castle. I told Mr.Hayashi and the people from Matsumoto City of Commerce that we are not going to participate at Rakuichi Rakuza sister city booth this year, as we couldn’t export sake and made no progress in 2018 to present at the event. But we are still working on exporting Daishinshu and feel positive that we could participate at Rakuichi Rakuza in 2019 October. Few days later after the Beer festival, I received a call from the head office that Daishinshu finally cleared the exam at the Alcohol Analysis Lab in the USA! That means we can move one step forward to export Daishinshu to the SLC. Although we couldn’t make a toast this year, I am hopeful that we would next year at the 61stsister sity anniversary!