What better way to celebrate 60 years of Sega, 40 years of Pac-Man and the Yakuza games than by drinking sake.
Hiroshima brewery Miyake Honten, makers of Sempuku brand sake, has brewed anniversary sake for Sega and Namco’s Pac-Man, with the brews bottled in special anniversary bottles. This certainly isn’t the first video game branded sake we’ve seen—for example, Kokuryu previously released Final Fantasy sake in 2018.
I’m a big fan of sake—so much so that the follow up to my Japanese whisky book is a book on Japanese sake (which you can pre-order right here!).
The “Go Sega” sake is a pure-rice junmai sake, priced at 3,000 yen ($28) a bottle. (The “Go Sega” logo is part of the famed game company’s 60th anniversary branding to commemorate the milestone.) As Famitsu reports, the Pac-Man sakes are also junmai sakes, with the yellow Pac-Man bottling being a junmai genshu, meaning it has a higher alcohol by volume because it hasn’t been cut with water before bottling.
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Miyake Honten is also making Yakuza branded junmai sake. All are part of the brewery’s “Game Legends Sake Series.”