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Food: A Japanese Outing — in Oregon!

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Oregon is known for its evergreen forests, spectacular coastline, and towering volcanoes draped with glaciers. The state is also recognized for a robust wine industry. Large sections of the lush Willamette Valley, in particular, have over the last 25 years been planted in grapes, and the region has earned a reputation for excellent wine production, led by award-winning pinot noirs.

Surprisingly, Oregon is home to another award-winning beverage: saké. That’s right, the traditional Japanese liquor made of fermented rice. In 1998 a group of local saké enthusiasts built the first American-owned and operated saké brewery in North America called SakéOne. Under sakémaster Greg Lorenz, the Oregon brewery has won international acclaim for its Momokawa, Moonstone and G saké brands.

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