Fresh Sake Brewed By Fresh Minds (Tuesday, February 1st, 2011)
Shindo Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.
Back in the Edo period (1603-1868), Yonezawa in Yamagata Prefecture was a prosperous economic area which was under the direct control of the then powerful Tokugawa Shogunate. Shindo Sake Brewery was established in the territory during the middle of the Edo period by the first generation Kurouzaemon Shindo, who was the chief of the village. Deeply rooted in Yonezawa’s locality (its strong economic foundation and blessed nature), the brewery has thrived for eight generations.
What really makes this esteemed microbrewery grow can be ascribed to its philosophy of sake brewing. While the sake industry tends to be bound by traditions and conventions, Shindo Sake Brewery is open to new ideas, accepts challenges, and is willing to evolve according to changes in periods, trends and various food cultures. “We keep our eyes wide open in our approach to sake brewing. In order to accomplish our mission, we do not spare any effort,” says Mr. Masanobu Shindo, executive director of Shindo Sake Brewery. To assure this, they introduce new flavors and styles of sake almost bimonthly in the domestic market.
With an abundance of pristine undercurrent water and a rich rice production culture, the brewery has more than enough elements for perfect sake brewing, but it is their attitude toward brewing that also determines the flavor of their sake. To control the complete production process, the brewery even grows rice at its house-owned rice farm and contracted farm, and makes use of varieties of rice which were developed by the local agricultural research center. Additionally, in order to brew the freshest sake possible, the brewery equips facilities with advanced technology while paying great attention to detail.
Once you try their sake, you’ll understand what the brewery aims for and what “fresh quality” really means. Gasanryu Gokugetsu, Gasanryu Kirsaragi, Ura-Gasanryu Fuka, and Ura-Gasanryu Koka are the brewery’s items that are available in the U.S. These sake boast clean tastes with substantial rice flavor, and they go well with a wide variety of cuisines from fresh seafood with subtle flavor all the way to pungent ethnic foods.
Shindo Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.
Three things you should know about Shindo Sake Brewery
1. Shindo Sake Brewery makes every effort to brew fresh quality sake as much as possible. They employ advanced technology to control the temperature during the heat pasteurization process, which results in limiting the period from brewing to bottling to two days. This allows them to provide customers with freshly brewed flavor.
2. The brewery’s sake has received awards in both domestic and international competitions, including a Gold Medal in the Japan National New Sake Appraisal and a Gold Medal in the United States National New Sake Appraisal. Especially in the past three years, all of the sake that they submitted to various competitions got top rank awards.
3. Minute care and thorough control during production is the key that allows the brewery to create the flavor that they really want. For example, unlike many other mass producing breweries, Shindo Sake Brewery grows rice by themselves and controls the quality of their contracted farms. The brewing staff, who are knowledgeable both in farming and brewing, are wholly devoted to brewing high quality sake.