Kanpai London Craft Sake Brewery

by Kanpai - London Craft Sake in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th June 2017 we successfully raised £12,975 with 169 supporters in 42 days

Try our sake & help us grow! Brewed in the UK's first sake brewery, in Peckham, London.

by Kanpai - London Craft Sake in London, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

We are blown away by the support that got us to our target so quickly! We are so excited to see the desire for a UK-brewed sake, a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone for getting involved.

You've spurred us on to dream a bit bigger, so we've set a stretch target of £12,500. This extra backing would allow us to rent a slightly larger space, so we can expand our sake brewing equipment and explore new varieties more quickly.

We know many of you would like to visit the brewery, and this additional space would allow us to squeeze you in to see what we're up to, which we'd love to do.

Rewards still up for grabs!

Lucy and Tom

Sake is brewed like a beer, yet enjoyed like a wine. We're driven to produce the best small batch craft sake possible. We've honed our techniques to make this magical Japanese drink right here in London, and have a full-bodied batch bubbling away in our microbrewery. But we need your support to get it out of the door and into the hands of curious drinkers locally and across the UK. And with your help we hope to continue brewing fresh and flavoursome sakes, giving you the opportunity to try something new and unique!

What's in a name?

Tucked into a small bar in Kyoto, a bowtie wearing barman taught us the simplest way to say cheers in Japanese is "kanpai!"  You say it 'can' 'pi'. 

It literally means "dry your cup". So we did. A lot. And now we're passionate to spread that joy back home.

Our sake story...

Far from the memories of a harsh warm liquid served after a noodle meal, Japan opened our eyes to real, quality sake. It's such a versatile, clean, and unique drink. It's perfect to sip smoothly at the end of a working day or to enjoy over dinner with friends. A perfect alternative choice to wine, beer and spirits - it's a category all of its own. Cold or hot - it's your choice. Not to mention how diverse it is in cocktails - from a simple sake/tonic to a sake sangria!

Ever since our first trip, we have spent time sampling, experimenting, and producing many different varieties of sake. Some fruity, others savoury or dry. Whatever your favourite flavours and styles, sake is best fresh - so the closer to you it's made, the better.

Sake is made from just four ingredients: rice, water, yeast, and koji (it's a magic mould, also used to make things like soy sauce). That sounds simple, but it turns out, sake is tough to make. It's unique. It's very precise. It's time, labour and love-intensive. And the equipment you need doesn't exist here so we've had to be inventive! But hell do we love it, even when you can't feel your hands from hours of washing rice in cold water...

This hobby in our spare room has gone out of control with this step up to a microbrewery! We are lucky to be based in Peckham - surrounded by a fascinating and energising range of cultures and people who offer incredible support and inspiration.

Our style...

We enjoy the delicate intricacies of traditional Japanese sakes - the art of hundreds of years brewing, which are the perfect light friend to sushi or ramen. But we're putting a twist on things - exploring more full-bodied flavours to suit the palates of those that love craft beers, strong gins and wines. The type of sakes that can stand up to a Sunday roast or your favourite curry. Think of sour apples, to dry, woody and smokey notes. By mixing up the rice, yeast and techniques we use,  or even the temperatures we ferment at, a huge variety of flavours are possible. We want the opportunity to explore them for you!

We use the finest ingredients and good ol' London water. Our small-batch, handcrafted sake is:

  • gluten-free
  • vegan
  • sulphite-free
  • no preservatives

So we like to think no hangovers either, but at around 15% ABV, no promises!

Join us...

We are excited to have kick-started our microbrewery in Peckham, South London. We are the first sake brewery in the UK! Up to now, we've invested our own money and endless energy. We've been amazed with the interest across London, but if you'd like to see Kanpai sake in your home, bars, restaurants and shops then please support us in helping reach our goal. Get involved and grab some limited edition bottles and experiences as a huge thanks.

Your support will go towards:

  • Ingredients - it's very pricey to ship specific sake rice in from the USA or Japan, and we want to continue bringing in pallets of different varieties to keep the sakes interesting. 
  • New equipment to help us scale-up - we're dreaming of building a press, a pasteuriser and bottling machine, as these are currently killer by hand! We'd also love another tank as one batch takes 8 weeks to make!
  • Distributing the sake - turns out packaging and postage costs a pretty penny too. But we need to get this out for everyone to enjoy!
  • Exploring new styles - who's keen for sparkling sake? Or a spiced Christmas special? 

As a guide, £60 buys us half a sack of special sake rice shipped to our brewery. Or if 60 of you club together with a £20 contribution, we can treat the brewery to a shiny new fermentation tank!

We also have big dreams for a sake bar, but small steps first! 

Thank you so much, we appreciate your time, and Kanpai!

Lucy and Tom


Up for grabs...

Please take a browse at all the rewards on offer, including bottles (330ml) from our very first batch, t-shirts and a hot sauce from our fantastic Peckham neighbours Slow Richie's!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£7 or more

£7 Reward

Lucky seven! We'll fold an origami crane (the symbol of luck in Japan to match this lucky number), write your name on it and keep it in the brewery. We'll share across our social media so you can see your kind gift. We'll of course keep you up to date with all new happenings too, straight to your inbox.

£9 or more

7 of 50 claimed

£9 Reward

Kanpai hot sauce! Get your hands on a bottle of roasted chilli, horseradish and Kanpai sake sauce, from the awesome Slow Richie's. (Pledge includes delivery costs to get the good stuff to you - mainland UK only).

£14 or more

£14 Reward

Tee-time! Get a black Kanpai t-shirt, with the handy pronunciation guide on the back. (Pledge includes delivery costs to get the good stuff to you - mainland UK only).

£20 or more

21 of 75 claimed

£20 Reward

Bottle no1 of pure junmai! A very special numbered and signed first batch bottle of pure junmai sake. Fresh from the tank to you! (Pledge includes delivery costs to get the good stuff to you - mainland UK only).

£20 or more

10 of 75 claimed

£20 Reward

Bottle no1 of cloudy nigori! A very special numbered and signed first batch bottle of cloudy nigiri sake. Fresh from the tank to you! (Pledge includes delivery costs to get the good stuff to you - mainland UK only).

£40 or more

14 of 40 claimed

£40 Reward

The triple! Get a signed, numbered first batch bottle of both our junmai and nigori sakes. And on top, get a bottle of our sake hot sauce! (UK mainland only)

£100 or more

11 of 30 claimed

£100 Reward

Launch party! Invitation for two to one of our first tasting nights, with matched snacks. There will be a number of dates to select from in London in summer 2017. And a bottle each to take home.

£250 or more

12 of 50 claimed

£250 Reward

Kanpai Klub! As a founder member, you'll get a bottle of every new batch straight to your door for a year, before anyone else. We guarantee a minimum of 12 bottles - each batch offering unique flavours and styles! (Pledge includes delivery costs to get the good stuff to you - mainland UK only).

£500 or more

4 of 5 claimed

£500 Reward

Brew yourself! Join us, with up to 3 friends, here at the brewery to discover more about the art of sake brewing, get your hands dirty and enjoy a drink or two along the way. Plus a bottle each from the very batch your helped create.

£1,000 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Kanpai VIP evening. We’ll come to your house and host a sake-paired 3-course meal for 8 people (London only, sorry!). Expect sake to crop up throughout the food too. See our website for Tom's award winning sake bomb dessert!

£35 or more

52 of 50 claimed

£35 Reward

Two of a kind! Two limited, numbered and signed first batch bottles - one pure junmai and one cloudy nigiri. (Pledge includes delivery costs to get the good stuff to you - mainland UK only).

£60 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£60 Reward

Insiders! Join a select group of first-time tasters of Kanpai sake. Be the first to provide feedback, and help make decisions regarding brew recipes and names. Your welcome gift includes two bottles of Kanpai sake to take home when you first come to visit us at the brewery, which we'll arrange with you this summer.

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