Helios Sake Brewery
Helios Sake Brewery was founded in 1961. The brewery is a comprehensive liquor manufacturer headquartered in Kyoda, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture which has six types of manufacturing licenses: Awamori, Spirits, Whiskey, Spirit, Beer, and Happoshu. Taking advantage of Okinawa’s unique history and abundant local resources that have benefited from nature, the brewery is sticking to raw material and valuing traditional manufacturing methods. As part of the sustainable sake brewing that will lead to 100 years from now, the brewery is actively working on sake brewing that takes the natural environment into consideration. In addition to efforts to reuse, recycle resources and reduce water supply, they are working to reduce CO2 by introducing solar power generation.
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Representative: Ryo Matsuda
Address: 405 Kyoda, Nago, Okinawa
Foundation (year) 1961
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Okinawa Sake Breweries
Okinawa Prefecture is located on the Ryukyu Islands. In the Okinawan dialect, Awamori is called “Saki”. For the locals, sake was Awamori. Japan’s oldest spirits, Awamori is said to have a history of 600 years. It uses Thai rice (Indica rice) to make koji (mold), ferment it by adding water and yeast, and then distilled it by using pot stills. It is said that this manufacturing method hasn’t changed much from 600 years ago. Awamori that has been aged for three years or more is called “Kusu”. The greatest feature of awamori is as time passes, the ingredients inside of awamori continue to mature and the flavor changes, so after bottling, it still grows to become much more tasteful kusu. In Okinawa, pouring the alcohol in a clay pot or a bottle for aging is often expressed as “let it sleep”, the longer you let it sleep the more it becomes sweeter and creates mellow texture in your mouth. The richness of its flavor is equaled to the world’s most renowned whiskeys and brandies.
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