Fukugen Sake Brewery is located in Azumino, Shinshu area from Nagano Prefecture. Fukugen, over 260 year old sake brewery located in the Azumino valley below the picturesque Northern Japanese Alps, which provides the natural spring water used to brew their sake.
"Fukugen" sake Brewery is named after “Ippuku Shomanfuku” (one scoop of sake brings all kinds of good fortune).
The brewery , Fukugen Shuzo was founded in 1758. Current President is Atsuo Hirabayashi, 17th generation head of the family.
SakeTrend is honored to interview Seiko-san, a daughter of family-owned Fukugen Sake Brewery. Fukugen's concept is "a Boutique Sake Brewery" to craft only small quantity to keep exceptionally high quality and their craftmanship within Fukugen sake.
All Fukugen Sake is aged about 1.5 to 2 years in average.
Use Crystal Clear Pure Water
The clarity of the crystal clear underground water from the Fukugen’s well amazes even geologists. This water vein from the Northern Japan Alps provides Fukugen with the most appropriate water for sake production. The sake of Fukugen is creatively produced by skilled artisans with thorough knowledge of the nature of this singular mid-hard water.
Fukugen uses Low Temperature Fermentation which creates best flavor and aroma, and keeps Alcohol level to keep at 16%.
Fukugen Junmai Ginjyo Genshu has honey, roasted nuts, and slight soy sauce aroma, and velvety-like textures, creamy and robust tastes. Enjoy lingering juicy umami with this right amount of acidity spread in the mouth! Amazed by this complexity and well-balanced sake!
The rice is Yamadanishiki (often called "King or Queen of sake rice") from Fukugen's own rice field in Azumino Ikeda.
Excellent with Meat, as well as cheese and desserts, especially Caviar, smoked fishes or shells.
Drink - chilled to Room temperature,
While many brewers work at sake breweries throughout the year, Fukugen daringly selects people (Kurabito) who can work in the brewery only in the winter and engage in organic based agriculture in the spring, summer, and fall. In other words, Fukugen entrusts the production to masters who are familiar with both agriculture and sake brewing techniques. This is because Fukugen believes that knowing everything about the nature of this land is an important element that is indispensable for Fukugen sake brewing. Fukugen believe the uniqueness of Fukugen flavor and taste exists because of their local kurabito.
Alcohol %: 16%
Polishing Ratio: 59%