Hachitsuru is the most famous brand of the Hachinohe Shurui co. It was established in 1786 during the late Edo era. The brand takes its name from the Nanbu family crest which features two cranes facing each other, a motif called mukaitsuru in Japanese. The company combined this crane theme, tsuru, with the “Hachi” from Hachinohe to make Hachitsuru.
Tours of the factory are available for booking, and during the brewing period of December to March you can even see the sake as it bubbles and ferments. Experience Hachinohe’s traditional sake brewing methods that have been handed down through generations. The company brews under the direction of a master brewer of the Nanbu style, a tradition that has been supported through centuries by both Hachinohe’s surrounding nature and residents.
VIDEO: Hachinohe Sake Brewery
Representative: Hachiuemon Hashimoto
Address: 1 youkamachi, Hachinohe-City, Aomori
Foundation (year) 1786
Aomori Sake Breweries
Aomori literally means blue forest, although it could possibly be translated as “green forest”. The name is generally considered to refer to a small forest on a hill which existed near the town. This forest was often used by fishermen as a landmark. The prefecture of Aomori is widely reputed for its local brews. The land of Aomori prefecture, blessed by the magnificent natural climate, enjoys pure natural water that flows from the nearby mountains, like the Shirakami Mountains World Natural Heritage. In addition, Aomori is a major producer of rice and local brewing products, such as sake made from sake-brewing rice and malted rice. The prefecture boasts top-quality brews cultivated in the fertile soils of Aomori that use local produce.
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