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Zenkuro NZ Sake Pairing

Zenkuro NZ Sake Pairing

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  • Tue 6 Oct, 6:30pm – 10:00pm


Piku Izakaya Japanese, 15 Joll Road, Havelock North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • GA (SAKE + FOOD PAIRING): $85.00
  • GA (FOOD ONLY): $66.04

The wonderful team from Zenkuro are coming all the way up from Queenstown. Master Brewer David Joll will be hosting the Sake pairing.

Piku will be doing some modern sharing plates to match the sakes on offer. We’re going to be trying some amazing food that isn’t on Piku’s regular menu.

The Japan Society is so fortunate to be working alongside Zenkuro and Piku, some proceeds of the ticket will be going towards the Japan Society of Hawke’s Bay for their 60th anniversary celebrations.

Tickets will be $80+ booking fee

DATE: 6 October 2020
TIMES: DOORS OPEN 6 PM, 6:30 PM start
Ticket price: $80+ Booking fee

- If there are people you’d like to sit with please let us know by emailing if you’re buying tickets separately.
- If you have dietary requirements, please let us know BEFORE the event.

What is sake?
Sake is an alcoholic drink made out three basic ingredients: rice, water, and the mold Aspergillus oryzae, sometimes called koji.
There are numerous types of Sake, Zenkuro’s sake is Junmaishu, This type of sake is made using the traditional method with just rice, water, and mold. Sakes without this designation are “beefed up” after fermentation with small amounts of distilled industrial alcohol, a practice that started in WWII. Sakes made in the junmai, or “pure rice” method are usually more mellow and smoother than those made with added alcohol. You can find junmai sakes in all grades and types.

About Zenkuro
New Zealand’s first and only sake brewery, Zenkuro Sake is based in Queenstown. “Our team have spent most of their lives with some connection to the land where sake comes from: Japan.”
Zenkuro sake is hand made using traditional methods with no preservatives or additives.
“Our sake is an expression of the surroundings and the water sourced from the pristine mountains and lakes around our home.”

“Our brand name is Zenkuro. While the character (zen) means ‘all’ or ‘completely’, (kuro) means ‘black’ – a mix that brings an image of balanced strength, passion, pride and determination to succeed, that is uniquely Kiwi!”

About David
Head Brewer David Joll is a “Certified Advanced Sake Professional’ and has worked and studied alongside some of Japan’s best brewers. 

About Piku
Piku is an Izakaya (gastropub) style Japanese Restaurant and Cocktail Bar based on Joll Road in the heart of Havelock North, serving fresh and exciting modern Japanese cuisine inspired by the London Japanese scene.

About Japan Society of Hawke’s Bay
The society has been operating in Hawke’s Bay since 1961 and has a strong bond with Napier’s sister city in Japan, Tomakomai. Tomakomai has been a sister city of Napier since 1980. Their goals are to promote activities and provide services to our members and to strengthen the bonds of friendship between Japan and New Zealand.

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