Discover the defining characteristics of ‘sake’ made in Kanazawa / Ishikawa!
Japanese sake is made mainly from rice and water and is produced through a complicated fermentation process. The tastes of sake vary depending on the climate of the production area, the brewery’s traditions as well as the brand. We will introduce you to a selection of unique sake breweries based in Kanazawa and Ishikawa, along with their popular brands.
YACHIYA SHUZO BREWING
SHIRAGIKU [Wajima City]
Now, a ninth-generation couple carefully brews sake that is only available in limited production numbers.
With a refined sweetness of rice, Okunoto no Shiragiku is loved by locals and has won several awards in international competitions.
HAKUTO SHUZO BREWING
(24 Kamimachi, Fugeshimachi)
IKEZUKI [Nakanoto Town]
TORIYA SHUZO BREWING
SOGEN [Suzu City]
Currently led by a master brewer who has 40 years’ experience in the industry, this brewery produces Sogen sake, which has rich flavors with a refined, mellow mouthfeel.
SOGEN SHUZO BREWING
(24-22 Sogen, Horyumachi)
Without adding any alcohol during the brewing process, they make sake using only rice and water, along with the power of nature.
The Kagatobi brand is popular for its crisp and dry mouthfeel with an umami flavor - sake’s lifeline.
FUKUMITSUYA SAKE BREWERY
KENKYUSHO [Komatsu City]
NOGUCHI NAOHIKO KENKYUSHO
JOKIGEN [Kaga City]
If you are used to drinking sake, select one made using the “Yamahai-jikomi” method among the Jokigen range.
The strong and rich taste goes well with both Japanese and Western cuisine.
KANO SHUZO BREWERY
Kanazawa Nakamuraya is a new sake brand produced by the long-established brewery, which only uses rice and yeast grown in Kanazawa.
Their refined, aromatic sake with a crisp flavor can be enjoyed with a meal.
KANAZAWA NAKAMURA BREWING
TEDORIGAWA [Hakusan City]
The brand was named after the river that flows through the Kaga Plain, where the brewery is located, and brings the blessings of nature, which is indispensable to the brewing of sake.
Chefs favor this sake as it complements any food.
YOSHIDA SHUZOTEN BREWING
KIKUHIME [Hakusan City]
Based on a relationship of trust with the production area of Yamada Nishiki, the best sake rice in Japan, they purchase and polish the highest quality rice for the production of all sake.
MANZAIRAKU [Hakusan City]
The full-flavored, crystal clear Manzairaku is brewed at two places: a historic facility located in a corner of Tsurugi, the quarter of Shirayama Hime Shrine, and a modern facility that was completed in 2001.
Both the umeshu (plum infused sake) and the seishu (refined sake) are popular.
KOBORI SHUZO BREWERY
(1-Wa 47 Tsurugihonmachi)
TENGUMAI [Hakusan City]
Since then, many Tengumai sake have been made using this method.
A great deal of time is spent to let the sake that has been carefully brewed mature.
It will then turn a beautiful, bright yellow with a deep flavor.
SHATA SHUZO BREWING