Owning over 150 years of local sake tradition | To eat
Rice, water, koji (Yeast). Although these three ingredients seem humble, they are an integral part of one of the most precious drops in Japanese tradition. Of course, we are talking about sake.
The journey from grain to bottle is no small feat. It is a complex process that toji (sake masters) have been learning for over 2,500 years. Any slight change, such as the water source, the quality of the rice, or the way the grain is polished, can affect the taste and clarity of the final product. This means that local breweries have, over generations toji, have carefully developed their own unique sake products that can often only be replicated in this one brewery.
The brewery for sale in Gifu Prefecture is no exception. The building itself is a historic gem of Edo period architecture and has been around for 150 years. Its sake is more than just a drink, it is a reflection of the local refreshing mountain climate, the nearby Hida River, generations of brewery workers and their love and concern to create the perfect drink.
Nestled in the shade of the mountains on a quiet street, this traditional brewery still follows ancestral techniques and uses traditional tools to provide a real taste of historic Japanese craftsmanship. The process begins with polishing the rice, followed by washing, soaking, and steaming. The prepared rice is then added to the moromi (main fermentation must) with koji. Once fermented, the grain is pressed, filtered, sterilized, stored for aging and finally bottled. Many breweries use modern machinery to automate these processes, but this particular brewery prides itself on sticking to the tradition and appreciating the craftsmanship required to make sake by hand.
In addition to the brewery, the location also offers rare aged sake that you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere in Japan, as well as homemade products such as local dried persimmon, sake jelly, chili oil, umeshu (plum wine) and their recommended seasonal sake choices. The brewery sells through its online store and also invites visitors to come and taste the sake on site.
This is a rare opportunity to own a small traditional Japanese sake brewery that produces the highest quality handcrafted sake. Sales inquiries welcome by e-mail [email protected] or by calling Neil Butler on +81 3 4588 2277.