A Brewery has Grown in the Home of Porcelain (Sunday, June 1st, 2014)
Located in the northwestern part of the southern island of Kyushu, Saga Prefecture is blessed with a mild climate and an abundance of natural resources. It is also a place of artisanship, producing internationally known Imari-yaki and Arita-yaki ceramics. The brewery, Munemasa Shuzo was founded in 1985 in this region of rich craftsmanship. They produce sake, shochu and liqueur by using locally produced ingredients to celebrate regional flavors. Most of their products are certified by the Saga Prefecture Local Product Name Management System, a system for ensuring the authenticity and safety of sources.
Their motto is: “Providing exciting and innovative products and services made with unprecedented, creative ideas and efforts, and producing drinks that establish a new sake culture, enrich society and make people happy.” With this spirit in mind, they bring a variety of drinks to consumers. A sake quality that makes you want to share it with others—this is what Munemasa Shuzo aims to produce. U.S. consumers can enjoy the brewery’s premium shochu Mizunomai and Nonnoko Kuro. Both of them are barley shochus made with local ingredients as well as kuro (black) koji, but they feature different characteristics. Mizunomai boasts a profound taste and aroma with a sweet and mellow impression. It goes well with powerful flavored dishes such as beefsteak and Chinese cuisine. On the other hand, Nonnoko Kuro features a clean, refreshing taste obtained from the processes of aging and filtering with bamboo charcoal, while maintaining a body made by kuro koji. White meat fish dishes and stir-fried vegetables go well with this shochu.
Moreover, Munemasa Shuzo is strongly attached to local tourism, and in 2002 they built the brewing factory “Arita-gura” inside Arita Porcelain Park, a theme park promoting local products. Arita-gura not only brews sake, but also allows tourists to access the brewery more easily and see how they make sake. When you travel to the Kyushu area, don’t miss the great opportunity to enjoy world-class porcelain and delicious drinks at the same time in Arita.
340-28 Toyatsu, Arita, Nishi-Matsuura, Saga 844-0014 JAPAN
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Brewery Inside a Local Theme Park
The Arita region, home to Munemasa Shuzo, has a 400-year porcelain making history. Arita Porcelain Park is a porcelain and sake theme park that opened in March 2002. Munemasa Shuzo built a new facility inside the park thereby expanding its area, keeping tourist accessibility in mind. Visitors to the park can appreciate both Arita-yaki porcelain and exquisite drinks provided by Munemasa.
Producing a Wide Variety of Drinks
Munemasa Shuzo embraces all aspects of drink culture from farmers to brewers to consumers. To accommodate diversified customer needs, Munemasa Shuzo produces a variety of alcoholic drinks such as shochu, sake, ume-shu and craft beer and even imports Bulgarian wine.