Opening a business all begins with a simple idea. Putting your idea into motion can take a lot of work, time and effort. The founders of Origami Sake, did just that 15 years ago, and has now come to create the first and only sake brewery in all of Arkansas. With the help of several vendors, including Vibrant Occasions, the team of Origami Sake has cut their ribbon and held a grand opening party for the official announcement. 

Founder Bill Bell’s simple idea was to perfect the art of creating sake. Sake, sometimes also referred to as Japanese rice wine, is created by fermenting sake rice. He traveled to Hanamaki, Japan where he worked as a sake brewer for two years. Hanamaki, Japan is very well known for its hot springs, which makes for some of the best water to use in sake.

Origami Sake opened up their brand new premium sake brewery in Hot Springs, Arkansas in May of 2023. Starting with just an idea, Ben Bell, Matt Bell and their entire team worked very hard to put it into action. With the help of so many amazing people, they were able to host their grand opening party and will start offering tours in July. Guests will not only be able to try the beautifully hand-crafted sake, but also enjoy this unique experience.

The grand opening event was held at the gorgeous, new brewery in Hot Springs. The event had everything from beautiful decorations, wonderful guests, a knowledgeable tour and delicious food from Vibrant Occasions. The menu was diverse and plentiful featuring large and artful charcuterie platters as well as a varying selection of passed hors d’oeuvres. House-smoked meats, European meats and assorted cheeses were served with fresh-baked breads, crackers, fresh fruit and condiments on beautiful chef boards. Hors d’oeuvres consisted of cheese-stuffed mushrooms, saucy Asian meatballs, spinach artichoke crostinis, as well as some unique bites such as Jamaican jerk chicken picks, bacon praline skewers, Cajun shrimp shooters, caprese pipettes and hummus shooters.

The event had beautiful photography from Mark Fonville, lovely rentals from Party Time Rentals & Events, a fun DJ and photobooth from Crown Entertainment, delightful balloons from Balloonish and transportation was even provided by Hot Springs Trolley for the event. Origami Sake with Lulu’s Events planned all the thoughtful details. Everyone had a wonderful time and it was an amazing way to kick off the start of an astounding business.

Vibrant Occasions is so excited that we were able to be a part of Arkansas’s only sake brewery, Origami Sake. We are wishing tons of success for their team and excited for things to come.

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