Want to know more about the offerings at the Sake Experience 2017? Scroll down to learn more about the 10 breweries joining us. And don’t forget to check the Sake Experience page here for more info about the event itself.
Gekkeikan’s roots stretch back over 380 years to 1637, with its founding by Jiemon Okura in the ancient city of Kyoto. In 1905, the brand name GEKKEIKAN (meaning “crown of laurel”) was adopted as the company’s formal pledge to excellence. With a greater world wide appreciation of Japanese cuisine over the last decades, Gekkeikan sake has been experiencing a tremendous growth in popularity. Today, dedicated just as the founder was over 370 years ago, both Gekkeikan Japan and Gekkeikan USA continue the tradition of both taste and quality.
Hamakawa Shoten brewery was established in 1904, and is currently owned by the fifth generation of the Hamakawa family. Located in the town of Tano in East Kochi of Shikoku island, the brewery makes full use of underground water reservoirs that originate in Senbon Mountains, home to one of the three most beautiful forests in Japan.
Established in the 14th year of the Meiji era (1881) the Kikusui (a combination of two words “Kiku” which means chrysanthemum, and “Sui” which means water) brewery has carried on the proud tradition of sake brewing in Northwestern Niigata prefecture for over 130 years. Kikusui is Five generations of the Takasawa family have carefully nurtured the brewery over the years as Kikusui continues to pursue it’s love of sake.
Hailing from Fukui Prefecture, Kubota Brewery is a small yet proud brewery based in Sakai city. Taking advantage of the pure air and clean waters of Fukui, Kubota has maintained a strong sense of pride in its sake traditions harkening back to its founding in 1753.
In 1711 Ozeki Sake was established in Imazu, Hyogo prefecture, praised for centuries for its great water quality. Over the years Ozeki Sake has become one of the major sake brewers in Japan, making sake history with the introduction of its “One Cup OZEKI” sake for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
The Seto Shuzo Brewery was founded in 1789 by Tajibei Seto, originally starting the business under the brand name “Maruhei Masamune”. Located in Shiotacho in Saga prefecture, the brewery enjoys nature’s blessings in the form of crystal clear waters and crisp, clean air. Today, the company continues its proud tradition of sake making with the flagship “Azumacho” brand.
The Sho Chiku Bai Shirakabegura brewery is located in Hyogo Prefecture, home of the famous Rokko Mountains. It is from these mountains that the crucial “Miyamizu” water flows, which forms the base of the brewery sake. The brewery is dedicated to combining expert sake brewing knowledge with cutting edge technology to capture the delicate essence of time-honored hands-on brewing methods.
Founded in the waning days of the Edo era (think “The Last Samurai”) in Kamiko Funatsu, a small fishing boat anchorage in Niigata prefecture, Takeda Shuzo has been going strong for the past 151 years. With its flagship Katafune brand, the brewery has been winning awards at international competitions and has brought critical acclaim to this small brewery.
Located on the eastern side of Hiroshima city, at the foot of Mt. Iwataki in Funakoshi, the Umeda Shuzo brewery has been proudly brewing its “Honshuichi” brand sake since 1916. Taking advantage of local spring water drawn from 60 meters below, and Hiroshima-grown sake rice “Senbon Nishiki,” the brewery is reaching beyong the borders of Japan to countries abroad.
The Urakasumi brewery is nestled in the Tohoku region of Japan, in the scenic town of Shiogama. Founded in 1724, the brewery has a proud history of not only making sake but also providing sake to the Shiogama Shrine. Today, with the flagship Urakasumi brand firmly established in the upper echelons of sake society, the brewery continues to strive for perfection under the careful guidance of its sake masters.