No. 2 – Hachinohe Shuzo Sake Brewery
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.
Representative: Hachiuemon Hashimoto
Address: 1 youkamachi, Hachinohe-City, Aomori
Foundation (year) 1786
World Sake Brewery Ranking – Top 50 Sake Breweries
The World Sake Brewery Ranking aims to serve as a guide to provide ingredients for product selection. Contests are for merchandise and often sell out as soon as they win a big prize. It points out the winning results of sake contests held in Japan and overseas, and ranks sake breweries accordingly. Currently, there are more than 1,500 sake breweries in Japan and overseas, but the top 50 sake breweries with the highest points earned are rated. All of the targeted contests are blindly and rigorously judged by professional judges, eliminating the elements of popularity voting. These are great opportunities to learn about local tastes, and also serve as a place to train ambassadors to spread sake, which is directly linked to the creation of sake fans.