Dassai Brewery: A Fusion of Japanese Tradition and Modernity

A state-of-the-art sake brewery, the first of its kind in the northeastern United States, has transformed a former grocery store in New York’s Hyde Park. Designed by the renowned Pelli Clarke & Partners, the 55,000-square-foot Dassai Brewery harmonizes traditional Japanese architecture with contemporary hospitality elements, offering visitors a unique experience and an advanced brewing facility.

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About Dassai Brewery

Nestled along the picturesque Hudson River in New York, a former grocery store has undergone a remarkable transformation. Now, the Dassai Brewery emerges as the first large-scale sake production facility in the northeastern United States, spanning an impressive 55,000 square feet (5,110 square meters).

A Harmonious Blend of Traditions and Modernity

Designed by the renowned architectural firm Pelli Clarke & Partners, the brewery seamlessly integrates elements of traditional Japanese architecture with contemporary hospitality design. The result is a one-of-a-kind visitor experience that celebrates the art of sake-making.

Immersive Production Journey

Visitors are invited to embark on a captivating tour, observing the brewing process through large windows that offer glimpses into the various production areas. From rice washing and drying to steaming, fermentation, and bottling, the streamlined workflow ensures efficiency and attention to detail.

Embracing the Hudson Valley Landscape

The site comprises three distinct buildings: the brewery, the rice polishing facility, and a dedicated wastewater treatment plant. Thoughtfully designed, the exterior blends modern elements with traditional Japanese architectural features, such as the Engawa, wooden detailing, and Yakisugi charred cedar cladding. The extensive landscaping seamlessly integrates the lush Hudson Valley scenery with traditional Japanese garden elements, creating a harmonious and immersive environment.

Synergy with the Culinary Institute of America

Furthermore, the Dassai Blue Brewery enjoys a close affiliation with the nearby Culinary Institute of America, also located in Hyde Park. This partnership allows for the sharing of sake knowledge and culture with students, as well as the expansion of academic course offerings that promote Japanese cuisine and traditions.

Ultimately, the Dassai Brewery stands as a remarkable testament to the fusion of tradition and modernity, offering visitors a unique and captivating experience while contributing to the cultural richness of the Hudson Valley region.

Photography courtesy of Pelli Clarke & Partners
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- by Matt Watts