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Fukugao Sake Brewery

Located in the Niigata Prefecture, Fukugao Sake Brewery is known for brewing its sake from the soft waters of the Igarashi River.
Fukugao Sake Brewery is passionate about its perennially brewed sake, marked with the following features:

  • Impeccably harmonious taste rendered between subtle sweetness and mellow tanginess

  • Rich fragrance of savory rice

  • Restrained full flavors that never tire the palate




They pride themselves on 3 key factors:

Rice strains made of large grains that readily absorb water are called sakamai and suited for brewing sake. Fukugao selects nationally high-quality rice strains: locally grown Gohyakumangoku and Koshitanrei, as well as Yamadanishiki rice from Hyogo Prefecture. For its premium grade sake, Fukugao brews with the highest quality Yamadanishiki of Hyogo Special District ‘A,’ polished to 40%, in order to acquire the noblest taste and aroma.

Fukugao draws its water from the Ikarashi River, which is then purified by slow filtering. Undergoing no chemical treatment, the famed raw water is gently filtered by passing the source through fine sand for sweet-tasting, safe water close to nature’s great taste of pure river springwater. The Ikarashi River produces extra-soft water, the source for smooth, mild, and great-tasting sake brewed by Fukugao.

Handcrafted sake: Discernment of the five senses and art of Echigo brew masters.

Fukugao Sake Brewery is not a mass producer on factory lines. We are a small brewer, grounded in handcrafted brewing. Handcrafted brewing produces outstanding sake through controls reliant upon the rigorously trained “five human senses.” Across all of the complicated, exquisitely handled processes in sake brewing, the thoroughly honed techniques of master brewers maintain the sake production at Fukugao in optimum condition. Niigata brew masters have exploited the extra-soft water of the Ikarashi River, known for its weak fermentation capacity, and completed the technology for brewing sake from extra-soft water through years of experience and ceaseless research. The sake of Fukugao Sake Brewery is the product of the honed five senses and skills held by Niigata brew masters.

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