As of April 29th 2011, the retail doors of the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company have swung open bringing a third Sake Brewery to Canada. The first The Artisan Sake Maker and second Nipro Brewery Co., Ltd. are both in the Vancouver, BC1 area while Spring Water is in Toronto, Ontario.
Note: Nipro has transformed into YK3 Sake Producer.
For Ken Valvur, the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company is his second business with his first being Bento Nouveau, a sushi business. He has been very successful with Bento Nouveau and it appears that he is going all out with Spring Water as well. For example, he has consulted with Miyasaka Brewing Co., Ltd. in the development of the new brewery, his general manager is steeped in the sake business from working with Gekkeikan and training from Gekkeikan and Miyasaka. Ken has also employed a lady toji, a member of the Saku Toji Kai guild as consulting master brewer. In addition Spring Water is the first Canadian member of the Brewing Society of Japan.
The new brewery will have around 2000 square feet for brewery, retail outlet and tasting room. To start they will make and serve only Junmaishu – Pure Rice Sake – but will eventually experiment with higher milling rates for finer quality sake.
Welcome Ontario Spring Water Sake Company.