Nakano Sake Brewery
Kitsuki City is a castle town located in the northeastern part of Oita Prefecture, at the southern end of the Kunisaki Peninsula. This castle town, which still retains the atmosphere of the Edo period, used to be lined with sake breweries. With the passage of time, most of the houses were closed and remaining the smallest Nakano Sake Brewery, which is the farthest from the castle town. Since its founding, Nakano brewery has been manufacturing sake for 140 years, naming it “Chie Bijin” in the name of our proprietress “Chie” so that it will be more delicious and loved. The natural water used in Nakano Sake Brewery has won the highest gold award for the third consecutive year at the “Monde Selection”, a global competition called the Olympic Games for Food. By receiving the highest gold award for the third consecutive year, we received the honor of the “International Highest Quality Trophy”.
Representative: Atuyuki Nakano
Address: Minamikitsuki 2487-1, Kitsuki-city, Oita
Foundation (year) 1874
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Oita Sake Breweries
Oita Prefecture is located on the island of Kyushu. It borders Fukuoka Prefecture to the northwest, Kumamoto Prefecture to the southwest and Miyazaki Prefecture to the south. In the Edo period, various types of sake developed in each region, manufacturing methods were developed, and Izakaya (Japanese bar) appeared. The style of sake that is familiar to us today has been completed. Sake “Bungo Nuri Nukizake”, which first appeared in 1468, was made by brewing glutinous rice, white rice, jiuqu, and shochu all at once, and after 3 to 40 days, grinding with a mortar and silk-straining. It seems that it was widely loved by the common people because it tasted like modern white sake. After that, in the country of Bungo in the Edo period, “Asajizake”, which is known all over the country, was born. Hemp liquor is a sweet turbid liquor made by adding steamed rice, rice jiuqu, and water, sealing it, burying it in the soil, and aging it until the next year’s soil. The name can also be seen in “Fantai Kouki” and “Otogi Zoshi”. It is said that it was also called “soil cover” because it is buried in the soil and covered with grass. The Hiji clan made and stored hemp liquor in the Ninomaru of Yokokujo, and used it as a gift to the shogunate. Oita sake can be said to be a sake that follows the flow of the manufacturing process of this hemp local sake.
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