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About Us 下越酒造とは
Our brewery was found in 1880 in Hukushima prefecture (transferred to Niigata prefecture at 1886). Niigata prefecture is situated opposite position of Tokyo and faced to Japan Sea. Owing to these geographical features, it is very hot in summer and cold and one of the snowiest countries in winter. Niigata prefecture is famous for most delicious table rice “Koshihikari” and very nice domestic Sake.
Our town Aga-machi is located where the Agano River and the Tokonami River join and is surrounded by many mountains. Then fogs often gather along those rivers. Such a climate condition gives birth to highest class Sakamai (Sake rice). Moreover water quality is also important in Sake brewing. Our brewery has been blessed with an excellent natural spring which water is pure and soft. “Our Sake is a wonderful gift from nature”.
Mt. Kirinzan stands in the northern part of Aga-machi. The story of “Kirin” of Mt. “Kirinzan” is based on a legendary unicorn. The Kirin unicorn is an imaginary animal that has been said to appear in the sky to prepare auspicious events. We have named our sake “Kirin” with our hope that it will be enjoyed in such a way that brings happiness to the drinkers. The tasting profile of “Kirin” is “Tanrei-Karakuchi “(Clean, Light and Dry in English). “Kirin” Sake is good for every food. Another bland “Kanbara” is named after the ancient our family name “Kanbara-ya”. ”Kanbara” is a little sweeter, more fragrant and full-bodied Sake than “Kirin” Sake.