Amathus named as distributor for Britain's first saké brewery Kanpai

Kate Malczewski

Kate Malczewski

05 June 2019

Amathus Drinks has secured the UK distribution rights for the products of Peckham-based saké brewery Kanpai London

Kanpai was founded by husband-and-wife team Tom and Lucy Wilson after a trip to Japan inspired them to experiment with homebrewing. Their operation evolved into Britain's first saké brewery, which opened in 2017, and last year they launched a taproom as well

Lucy and Tom Wilson
Lucy and Tom Wilson

In addition to an array of seasonal brews, including a limited-edition junmai daiginjo, Kanpai's core range contains three sakés: Sumi, a classic junmai; Kumo, a cloudy nigori; and Fizu, a hopped sparkling saké that's available both on tap and in bottle.

'We are really excited to begin this partnership with Kanpai,' said Jeremy Lithgow MW, head of wine at Amathus.

'This is a properly artisanal operation, which is highly focused on quality and innovation. Tom and Lucy’s enthusiasm and passion is infectious and we think the potential is enormous for this ground-breaking product. At a time when demand for saké is booming, what better than to offer something made in our own backyard?'

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