Opening of the Dojima Sake Brewery at Fordham Abbey

September 19th, 2018

Opening of the Dojima Sake Brewery at Fordham Abbey

Founded 600 years ago by the Hashimoto family in Osaka,  the Dojima Sake Brewery has opened its first brewery in the UK and we were delighted to attend the opening within the historic grounds of Fordham Abbey in Ely, Cambridge.

Sake is a Japanese alcoholic drink made of fermented rice with brewing now started at Dojima.  Commencing with a traditional Kagami-wari ceremony (Sake Barrell breaking) which was attended by the Japanese Ambassador, Director for International trade, Head of Japanese studies at Cambridge University and many local and international dignitaries.

The building design is of a barn like structure which houses the different processes involved with Sake brewing including the washing, steaming, koji mixing, fermentation and storage tanks and finally bottling.  A visitor area and café are accommodated at the rear.  The architecture includes windows and rooflights to give an abundance of daylight and natural ventilation ensures that the process rooms achieve good environmental performance.

CBG were appointed as M&E consultants for the project which included the building environmental design, process and production services and the major infrastructure upgrades to the site.

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