July 17, 2021, 5:30 PM — 7:30 PM
Relax with family and friends in an iconic mid-century landscape and enjoy a taste of Japan right in the Hudson Valley. During a special after-hours event, Brian Polen, President of award-winning Brooklyn Kura, will lead a tasting of his sake in this extraordinary Japanese-influenced garden. Whether you’ve been on a sake pilgrimage to Japan or are a complete sake rookie, Brooklyn Kura promises you won’t be disappointed. If you would like to pair your sake with appetizers or a picnic supper, pre-order outstanding Japanese fare prepared by Kazuhiro Hidaka, creator of the award-winning line of sauces, dressings, and marinades, Krazy for Kazu’s, and longtime chef at The Woodland in Lakeville, CT.
Building on more than 1,000 years of Japanese brewing history, Brooklyn Kura is committed to a new tradition of American craft sake. They are demystifying sake and serving it chilled or at room temperature to highlight the subtle, complex flavors and make it easier to enjoy with meals. Their limited-production sake is brewed right in New York City, hand-crafted with the highest quality ingredients, and acclaimed by the sake community in both the US and Japan. Brooklyn Kura sake is namazake (unpasteurized) so the taste is quite different from most sake available in the US. At Innisfree, Brian will pour their signature sake brews, #14 (junmai ginjo) and Blue Door (junmai). #14 is light, floral, and fruit forward. Blue Door is crisp and clean with earthy notes.
Like it did for Innisfree’s designer Lester Collins, Japan changed the lives of Brooklyn Kura founders, Brian Polen and Brandon Doughan. They met at a wedding in Japan, bonded over high-quality sake, ended up on a sake tour to sample traditional brews, and eventually Brooklyn Kura was born. Having attended a top culinary school in Osaka, Japan, and trained under master chefs on three continents, Kazuhiro Hidaka is on a personal mission to share fresh, healthy and delicious food inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine here in his adopted country.
Bring a picnic blanket as only limited outdoor seating is available. If it rains, this event will be held in a tent overlooking Tyrrel Lake. Tasting tickets will include two heavy pours of sake as well as non-alcoholic beverages. You must buy an event ticket for each person and to order food. Kazu and his wife, Junko, will have all pre-ordered food ready for pick-up during our tasting. The last day to place food orders is Saturday, July 10. Hal Newell, owner of Harker House Wine and Spirits in Clinton Corners, will be selling Brooklyn Kura sake at this event for participants to bring home. Unvaccinated guests are asked to wear masks until they are seated on their picnic blanket.