Founded in 1842 by the Tanaka family, Kiminoi Shuzo is a mid-sized brewery that has integrated modern sake production techniques with very traditional methods of making sake. The toji (master sake brewer), Hiroshi Hayatsu has been at Kiminoi for more than 30 years perfecting his craft. and producing sake with a clear and defined personality.
The name Kiminoi translates directly as “Emperor’s Well” and dates from the 19th century. The legendary Meiji Emperor would come from Tokyo to visit the local area and pray at the temple located next to the brewery. He would sample local cuisine while enjoying their sake and the brewery became well known for this honor, changing its name to “Emperor’s Well”.
The master brewer at Kiminoi uses the traditional “yamahai” method of preparing the yeast starter for the fermentation process. This ancient and labor intensive production method creates the deep, rich and full bodied sake Kiminoi. The combination of state-of-the-art production technology along with time honored and traditional methods is a hallmark of this sake brewery.
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