Brewery's commitments to sake making
- Small batch sake, brewed by hand, with care
- Daiichi Shuzou combines the waters of Sano-shi, chosen as among the 100 Remarkable Waters of Japan, with saké rice cultivated by skilled brewers in its own rice fields, to create sakés that are specially hand-crafted according to ancient techniques, without relying on modern machines. The sakés thus brewed have a soft, rounded, refined and fragrant aroma.
History and culture of the brewery
- This is unheard of! An over 340-year history of rice cultivation and saké brewing.
- The Three Secrets of the Flavor of Kaika
"Over 340 Years of History as a Rice Grower, and the Prefecture's Most Traditional Brewer"
The most historic brewer in Tochigi since its founding in 1673, the company has grown its own rice since the time of its founding. Kaika has combined rice growing and saké brewing into one since its beginnings. Everyone at the brewery works in the company's rice fields every step of the way, from rice planting to harvesting.
"Incorporating the Nationally Acclaimed High Quality Waters of Sano-shi, Chosen as One of Japan's 100 Remarkable Waters"
What makes the river water so pure is that the mountain soil is ancient and well washed, allowing for little matter to be dissolved by the streams, and the many trees planted on the mountains that help "recharge" the soil. The waters of Sano-shi, drawn from the paleozoic strata of the north of the Kanto Plain, are of such excellent quality that they have even been selected to be among the 100 Remarkable Waters of Japan.
"A Distinguished Team of Craftsmen"
The company is staffed by five master brewers holding certificates as First Grade Brewing Technicians under the Saké Brewing Proficiency Test System. Two master brewers are certified as Shimotsuke Toji (out of 10 nationwide). One is certified by the National Research Institute of Brewing as an "Expert in Sensory Evaluation of Saké." One is certified by Tochigi Prefecture as a "Tochigi Meister" (the only one in the saké industry). Two members of staff are qualified food inspection technicians for officially graded rice.
The fine waters of Sano-shi, selected as one of the 100 Remarkable Waters of Japan
What makes the river water so pure is that the mountain soil is ancient and well washed, allowing for little matter to be dissolved by the streams, and the many trees planted on the mountains that help "recharge" the soil. While we have written that the waters of Tochigi are first-class even among the waters of Japan, which stand out on the global stage, the waters of Tochigi are actually unusual even in that context. To those who know of the area from the copper mining water pollution disaster that occured in the area, it would seem strange to learn that the Watarasegawa River flowing from the paleozoic strata of the Ashio Mountain Range was originally known as the purest in Japan. However, it is still the case that as the area is made up of old, well-forested mountains, the waters it produces are exceptionally pure. (Source Jun Ui, Kensho: Furusato no Mizu, Akishobo)
See Company Information
|Company name||Daiichi Shuzo Co., Ltd.|
|Address||488, Tajimacho, Sano-shi, Tochigi-ken|
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