Newly brewed 'sake' in Fukushima top gold winners for 5th straight year

19 May 2017

As many as 22 brands of newly produced “sake” rice wine from brewers in Fukushima Prefecture won gold prizes in an annual national sake contest for the brewing year through June 2017. Fukushima-brewed sake won more golds than any other prefecture for the fifth straight year and for the seventh time overall in the Annual Japan Sake Awards hosted by the National Research Institute of Brewing in Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture. Winning the honor for the fifth consecutive year tied a record logged by sake brewed in Hiroshima. This represented renewed evidence of Fukushima's high level of sake-brewing techniques.

The gold-winning Fukushima brands for the latest brewing year included those of Kokken Brewery Corp. of Minamiaizu town, which grabbed the top prize for the 10th year running, and two others -- Higashinihonshuzo Productivity Improvement Cooperative of Nihonmatsu city and Nagurayama Sake Brewery Co. of Aizuwakamatsu city -- both of which did so for the ninth year in a row.

Prefectures with 20 or more gold-winning brands were Fukushima and Miyagi, which had 20. They were followed by Akita with 16 and Yamagata with 15. Of the 47 prefectures in Japan, Niigata had the largest 70 brands contested, followed by Nagano 59 and Fukushima 45.

(Translated by Kyodo News)