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to reconnect with the once-forgotten spirits their ancestors drank, and as such, there are currently 47 active distilleries in Okinawa.1 However, it has still not made the trek — in any great quantity — to American liquor stores. This is mostly because few store owners and regulators understand how to classify it and where to put it on the shelves. Nevertheless, as American begin to branch out, and liquor stores begin to teem with more and more new and unusual products, we may begin to see awamori on back-bars and in home liquor cabinets.
Reade A. Huddleston is Head Distiller at Deep Ellum Distillery in Dallas, Texas. He received his Masters Degree in Brewing and Distilling Sciences from Heriot-Watt University, and is fascinated with all things drinkable. If you would like to contact him about Bierbrand, or any other strange and forgotten spirit, please email him at ReadeHuddleston@gmail.com.
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