Explore the Brewers of Akita! The ASPEC Brewers are a special group of artisanal sake makers from nothern Japan.
Founded in 1874, by Eikichi Ohi, Tenju SHUZO is a tightly knit, family-owned brewery enjoying its sixth generation of sake production. TENJU brewery is located in Yashima village near the beautiful Mount Chokai, in Akita Prefecture, in northwestern Japan. The village has a population of only 5,000, but it is number one in sake production in Akita.read more
Akita Seishu was founded by Jushiro Ito in 1865 in a 150-year old thatched roof estate that was built at the end of the Edo period in Daisen City, in Akita Prefecture, in northeastern Japan. Having abundant nature within arms’ reach, Akita Seishu values everything local, and treasures the harmonious relationships between man and nature.read more
Suzuki Shuzouten is one of the oldest, continually operating sake houses in Japan. It is Akita’s most well know and respected sake brewery. Founded by Matsuemon Suzuki in 1689, the current owner is the 19th heir. The name Hideyoshi was bestowed on the brewery over 300 years ago by the local lord Satake. It is said that he tasted all of the sake in Akita and judged the sake of this brewery to be the very best.read more
Hinomaru Brewery has made “the truest of the true” sake since it was founded by Kutsuzawa Jinbei in 1689 in Yokote town in the southern part of Akita Prefecture.
A snowy region of northwestern Japan, Yokote is nestled in an agricultural belt long known for its fertile land and superior rice production. Because the land is covered by snow for most of the year, pure mineral- rich water runs beneath the surface soil. That water is drawn from wells and used, along with specially commissioned rice of the highest grade to make Hinomaru sake.read more
Naba Shoten is a company that was successfully selling merchandise to the ruling feudal clan of Akita, Japan when in 1815, Yusei Saburouemon was ordered by the leader of the clan, Satake Yoshikazu, to make an experimental sake brewery.
One hundred and thirteen years later, in 1928, under the direction of Akita Prefecture Brewing Research Center, Mr. Masatsune Hanaoka, Naba Shouten built the first reinforced concrete sake brewery in Tohoku, the northeastern, region of Japan.read more