"Koshiki Junzukuri" translates to “The Old Way” and graces the label of Akitabare’s “Northern Skies” Junmai. This is your first indication of this brewery’s approach to sake making. Akitabare’s president Kazou Kawaguchi has said, if the brewery were to have a motto, it would be “fierce adherence to tradition,” and so he has resisted the modernization of sake production in leu of time-honored methods. The “old way” of doing things ensures that all of Akitabare’s sakes exhibit a delicate balance between elegant aromas and mild flavor profiles, with distinct personality. The brewery takes precise care during every step of the brewing process and produces small batch sake. Northern Skies is clean and approachable, perfect for both those new to sake and the connoisseur. It has a nose of plum with an initial dry taste that blossoms into a great round complexity, making it a perfect food pairing sake, from cold weather stews to light spring salads and fresh vegetables.