This Father and Son Innovate Traditional Japanese Sake Making

Keisuke and Rui Izumi are brewers at Manaturu Brewery, a 270-year-old brewery located in Echizen Ono, the “Little Kyoto” of Fukui Prefecture. Its location is famous for its crystal-clear water and snowy winters, two elements that allow making excellent sake.  Manaturu Brewery takes pride in doing most of the sake-making process by hand. But do not think they reject modernity: on the contrary, the brewery has found its own way to bring innovation to a traditional industry in which pre-fixed notions usually hardly change. Keisuke, the father, has studied fermentation, brewing, and microbiology. He has been the master brewer at Manaturu Brewery for more than 30 years. The…

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