BrewDog Distilling Co to release Inugami Shochu - a low ABV Japanese spirit

BrewDog Distilling Co, which is part of the BrewDog family, has announced the release of its latest spirit - a Japanese-inspired Shochu.

Published 11th Mar 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The latest addition to the BrewDog family is named Inugami Shochu, and the Eastern spirit has been created by hand in the Far East (of Scotland) - at the distillery's home in Ellon.

The new spirit is named after the vengeful dog spirits found in Japanese folklore, and the label design is another nod to the Japanese/Scottish crossover as it shows a range of Scottish wild birds.

Posting on their social media, the team said: "The Japanese lay claim to Scottish whiskey (sic) when they persuaded our master distillers to share their secrets.

"Now, it’s our turn to take Japan’s most popular spirit and bring it to the people of Scotland."

What is Shochu?

This low calorie, low ABV spirit is traditionally distilled from rice, barley, sweet potatoes, buckwheat, or brown sugar and is akin to vodka but has less than 45 per cent alcohol by volume.

Inugami Shochu has been distilled with Scottish rhubarb and ginger to add the sweetness usually found from the sweet potato or brown sugar.

The team suggest that it is best served as you'd find it in Izakaya bars in Japan - in a highball with sparkling water and lots of ice.

BrewDog's creation of their own Scottish Shochu is a move into the lower ABV range of spirits that are becoming popular - something which has worked well for their beer offering, which includes Punk AF and Nanny State.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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