Virginia's first sake brewery coming soon to Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Virginia's first producer of sake is coming to the IX Art Park in downtown Charlottesville this summer. The North American Sake Brewery will be one only about a dozen in the country.

Co-owners Jeremy Goldstein and Andrew Centofante have fallen in love with the taste of and crafting of sake and want to share their passion with the public now.

They've traveled all over the country and globe before considering opening the North American Sake Brewery in downtown Charlottesville.

Sake can tend to be an afterthought in the alcohol industry in America, and Goldstein and Centofante are both making it their goal to change that view.

"I think that that's what we hope to do is introduce people to it as something that you can have any time, anywhere," said Centofante.

He says it's a beverage that can be enjoyed cold and warm. It can be refreshing in the summer while also warming you up in the winter.

The brewery will also have a restaurant attached that will be serving Asian-inspired dishes for lunch and dinner while also having the sake on tap.

"We'll be serving lunch and dinner looking to do rice bowls, poke bowls, and sushi offerings," said Goldstein.

Finding sake on tap can be quite rare according to the co-owners.

For now, the plan is to only have the sake available at the brewery in Charlottesville with bottles available to-go.

No official opening date has been set but the plan remains for some time this summer.



 
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