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Queenstown man takes on the Japanese at their own game – by brewing sake

Sometimes, you get a country that's really good at something and it's hard to beat, like New Zealand and their rugby, or Japan and their sake.

But now, a Kiwi from Queenstown's been brave enough to take on Japan at their own game - and he hopes to come out on top.

"I started brewing (sake) just after I turned 50 and finally found what I've been looking for," Zenkuro head sake brewer Dave Joll says.

Watch the video above to see Dave Joll's story.

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The popular Japanese rice wine is being brewed by Kiwis in Queenstown. Source: 1 NEWS


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Dave Joll has loved everything Japanese since a high school trip eons ago. Source: Seven Sharp