At a Glance
  • Bold earthy style of Sake which is unusual in Niigata.
  • They have a deep collection of aged sake of which Ancient Treasure is a prime example.
  • Niigata is one of the few prefectures which has an “appelation” system requiring the use of local rice and water and traditional techniques.

Kaetsu brewery is owned by Dr. Shunichi and Mrs. Yoshiko Sato who have both been brewing sake for as long as they can remember. Both come from sake brewing families, so they have four different brewing families’ blood flowing through their veins! Niigata prefecture is one of just a handful of prefectures to have a self-managed AOC-type system which requires the use of local rice, water, traditional techniques, and blind tasting. The system has only been around a couple of years and Kaetsu has several sake that have been certified. The name of this wonderful sake was inspired by local legends about mysterious lights that appeared on nearby Mt. Kirin in the distant past. Locals claim the lights are paper lanterns carried in the fox-bride procession. This mysterious event is celebrated in Niigata every year in the fox-bride festival.

Brewery Facts
Brewery Name: Kaetsu Shuzo
Brewery Founded: 1880
Brewery Location: Niigata Prefecture
Toji (master brewer): Yamaga Kenichiro
Brewery President: Dr. Shunichi and Mrs. Yoshiko Sato