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our breweries

 

We are proud to partner with some of the most prestigious breweries in Japan. Each one has a unique history but all take great pride in the quality of their ingredients and brewing heritage and between them they’ve produced bags of award-winning sake.

 
 
Urakasumi Brewery

Urakasumi Brewery

Urakasumi

Urakasumi, located in the town of Shiogama, Miyagi prefecture, on Japan's North East coast, translates in English as “Misty Bay” (ura is “bay” and kasumi is “mist”), simply capturing its picturesque seaside surroundings.

At a glance:

  • 195 year old, 13th generation family-run brewery

  • 37 Gold Prizes in Annual Japan Sake Awards & won more Gold Prizes than any other sake producer in Japan.

  • Medalled every year in the London IWC (International Wine Challenge) since 2007

  • Painstakingly rebuilt after being devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011


 
Nanbu Bijin

Nanbu Bijin

Nanbu Bijin

Founded in 1902 in Ninohe city, Iwate, the original brewery, Kuji Shuzo, named after founding Juji famliy, originally produced soy sauce.

At a glance:

  • Multi-award winning, IWC 2017 winner

  • Use local, specially developed rice

  • Passionate about local area

  • Experiments with new technology


 
Ichinokura

Ichinokura

Ichinokura

Set deep in the forests of northern Miyagi, Ichinokura, which literally means "One Brewery", was formed when four long-standing local breweries joined forces to become one. Today Ichinokura is the largest brewery in the prefecture and produces award-winning sake with a sustainable philosophy.

At A Glance

  • Founded in 1973 when 4 local breweries merged around a vision of handcrafted sake

  • Set in Northern Miyagi Prefecture famous for it’s soft underground water ideal for making sake

  • Over 90% of the rice used is grown locally

  • In-house team to promote sustainable agriculture that minimizes our environmental impact and helps support local farmers


 
Asahi / Dassai

Asahi / Dassai

Asahi / Dassai

DASSAI, translates as "otter festival," Part of the name refers to an ancient name for the region here in Yamaguchi Prefecture, as long ago there were many otters frolicking in the nearby rivers.

At a glance:

  • Based in Yamaguchi on the West coast of Japan's’ main island, Honshu

  • One of the leading global sake brands focussing on high grade sake

  • Numbers famously relate to the polishing ratio of the rice used


 
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Ninki ichi

The brewery is located in NIHONMATSU City in Fukushima prefecture. It is surrounded by Abukuma mountain ranges to the east and Adatara Mountain ranges to the west. This gives them a natural water source that is essential for producing their high grade sake.

At-a-glance

  • Only make sake by hand, using traditional methods and tools.

  • Only make ginjo-shu