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A woman stands in front of sake barrels at Meiji-Jingu shrine in Tokyo on Saturday.

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Containers for alcohol are called 'casks', except for containers smaller than about 40 litres which are called 'kegs'.

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Containers for alcohol are called 'casks', except for containers smaller than about 40 litres which are called 'kegs'.

Great information! I am so embarrassed as I am sure I have made that error before. People still must be laughing at my foolishness.

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Spectacular! Hopefully sake barrels won't collapse from an earthquake. ;‑)

Bottoms up!

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@an other. I thought kegs were something else. Anyway, good picture... I like the labels.

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Looks the same as each time I've been there.

And, @A.N.Other, casks are for whiskey, barrels are for wine, and sake is wine. And, as a winemaker, I can tell you that there are other names for containers of less than 40 litres - like carboys, jeraboams, magnums and more. Just being a pedant, of course; this should be a frivolous discussion.

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Since sake is grained based and brewed it isn't a wine. It's rather unique - brewed like beer, but taste much more like wine. IMO, nice examples can easily be as good as fine wines. I'm not in the biz, but I've heard 'barrel', 'keg', and 'cask' all used for beer, so barrel of sake seems fair enough. Is there a traditional term for this?

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