Our Passion for the Palate at Fukugao Sake Brewery
Fukugao Sake Brewery is passionate about its perennially brewed sake,
marked with the following features
1. Impeccably harmonious taste rendered between subtle sweetness and mellow tanginess
2. Rich fragrance of savory rice
3. Restrained full flavors that never tire the palate
Sake Strains Koshitanrei, Gohyakumangoku, Koshikagura, Yamadanishiki
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, Koshikagura and Yamadanishiki rice. For its premium grade sake, Fukugao brews with the highest quality Yamadanishiki, polished to 40%, in order to acquire the noblest taste and aroma.
Niigata’s Famed Source, the Best Soft Water from Ikarashi River
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.
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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