Asahi Shuzo

Dassai Blue – Sake Brewery

Project at a Glance

Hyde Park, NY


Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc. Architects / Pelli Clarke & Partners

Project Type

Adaptive Reuse

Project Overview

  • Adaptive reuse of a former grocery store building to a retail destination
  • The new building features a brewery capable of producing 332,640 gallons of sake per year
  • Project is a combination of Japanese and American design traditions

Asahi Shuzo is a Japanese sake brewer that combines both tradition and cutting-edge technology to craft its premium quality beverage. In a strategic partnership with The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)—the world’s largest culinary university—Asahi Shuzo is building its first U.S. brewery and the first sake brewery in the Hudson Valley. The project consists of the adaptive reuse of a 55,000 sq. ft. former grocery store building into an attractive retail destination complete with a brewery, tasting room and visitor’s center. Additionally, a 4,000 sq. ft. rice polishing building and specialized waste water treatment plan are located on site.
The Japanese-style campus was designed in partnership between a Japanese and an American architect—blending cultures through various building elements. Cherry blossom trees stand among the natural greenery of Hyde Park. Liminal spaces between the indoors and outdoors provide areas for visitors and guests to socialize.