Koshimeijo Sake Brewery
Hand-crafting sake for 6 generations
Koshimeijo has origins dating back to 1845 and still uses traditional recipes and handmade brewing methods to produce a unique style of Niigata sake.
Yamashiroya, one of Koshimeijo’s premium brands, highlights the traditional kimoto method of brewing sake (see below) known for producing sake with higher acidity and robust flavors.
Koshimeijo’s toji combines the kimoto brewing method with Niigata’s crisp and clean style to create a unique sake experience using some of Niigata’s highest-quality sake rice milled to premium grades.
Location: Tochio, Nagaoka City, Niigata
Niigata is home to over 90 sake breweries (more than any other prefecture in Japan) producing some of the highest quality sake in the country. It’s known for its “tanrei karakuchi” style, meaning light, dry, and crisp. A combination of fertile land for rice paddies, cold winters for fermentation, and heavy snowfall for pristine water (used in rice farming and brewing) make it the ideal location for sake production.
Nestled in the mountains in the village of Tochio in Nagaoka City is Koshimeijo Sake Brewery, where over three meters of snow normally accumulates and assists in maintaining a constant cool temperature in the brewery, ideal conditions for brewing sake.