Located in Nagaoka in Niigata Prefecture, and founded in 1765, Kawachu Shuzo 河忠酒造 is the craft brewery of the KAWAUCHI brothers, the ninth generation to ensure the sustainability of the family business.
As soon as they take control, Tsutomu, the general manager, and Tadayuki, the president (right) want to give their sakés a character that sets them apart from other sakés in Niigata. This is because the ease of obtaining quality rice and the disclosure of production methods have smoothed out the peculiarities of each and everyone. They decide to increase the use of Takanenishiki rice grown by their neighbours in Nagaoka.
The young Toji Masuo NOMIZU (left) contributes to provide specificity to the sakés of the Shuzo.
In January 2000, Kawachu Shuzo put on sale new sakés under the name of SOTEMBO 想天坊.