Minanogawa

Traditional label in our brewery. Minanogawa has been served in the shrine in the Mt. Tsukuba (TsukubasanJinja).
Mild firmly taste.

Stella

All Junmai Daiginjou: Only 7 tanks in a year.
Our 6th brewer started brewing this new brand "Stella" which means "star" in Latin. Fruity flavor.

Minanogawa & Stella

When we are brewing sake in winter while walking to the brewery in midnight below freezing temperature, the sky is always thick with blight stars.
We are so thankful to have this blessed environment and the power of Mother Nature around the brewery.

星ふる里蔵

It has been 13th generation since our ancestor first settled at the foot of Mt. Tsukuba. In 1867, 6th generation of Inaba started brewing Minanogawa by using the spring water in our backyard and premier rice.
Minanogawa is a name of river flows between Mt. Tsukuba which is also sung in Ogura Hyakunin Issyu. Our sake label is named by taking the name of Minanogawa. Since its inception, Minanogawa has been served as sacred sake of Tsukuba shrine.

星ふる里蔵

6th brewer Nobuko Inaba

One of the few female brewer in Japan. Nobuko has been brewing since 2000. She took over the family traditional brewery, which built in Edo era. Respects on the traditional handwork and her own sense in food culture mixed together, moreover, very detailed female brewing make the breweries reputation.

6th brewer Nobuko Inaba 6th brewer Nobuko Inaba

Tsukuba Pure Water

Delicious sake is always brewed by pure water. We brew with pure spring water from Mt. Tsukuba. This water moistens the throat of people visiting the brewery. The taste of water exactly reflects the taste of sake.

Tsukuba Pure Water

All Handmade Brewing

Since our brewery is very small, we do not rely on machine. We only produce our sake by hand, which is hardly seen in the recent brewing: washing big amount of rice by hands, and so on. While processing koji (rice malt), brewer checks the right temperature by hands. Moromi, (fermenting mixture of rice, koji, yeast, and water) management as well, using and trusting on human five senses and talk to moromi, listen to moromi, and taste moromi. Also as the last process, we don't squeeze moromi by machine. Moromi is hanged in the bag and dropped one by one. As a small brewery, keeps the traditional handcraft brewing.

All Handmade Brewing

Quality Managiment

In order to maintain the highest quality, unpasteurized sake is kept in ice-cold refrigerator. The other sake is pasteurized bottle by bottle, then put in cold storage.

Quality Managiment

Uniqueness by each tanks

Taking advantage of the different tastes of sake by each tank. Sake is made by spiritual pure nature. You can enjoy the difference of the tastes.

Uniqueness by each tanks
星ふる里蔵

Stella

Shizuku-sake : Shizuku means drop. The finest sake, which dropped in only the weight of gravity from the hanged bag. Deep and glamorous taste.

Arabashiri : Small amount of sake flowing down to the very beginning from hanged bag. Refreshing taste of fine foam in mortar turbidity.

Teshibori : Deep taste. Handcraft.

Stella

Shinsen

Shinsen is a revival of another traditional label, which was popular in the time of 4th brewer. Back then, locals came to the brewery with the sake bottle to buy Shinsen. We wish you feel the nostalgia and tradition of that time when you drink Shinsen. Very comfortable taste in your mouth when you drink it.

Shinsen

Inaba Shuzo

Address 1485, Numata, Tsukuba-Shi, Ibaraki, 300-4353 Japan
TEL 029-866-0020
FAX 029-866-1747
Email info@minanogawa.jp

Direct Sales at Brewery

Open 9am to 6pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Tasting and Selling all labels.

Direct Sales at Brewery

酒蔵Café

Open 10am to 5pm. Closed on Wednesday. Need appointment.
Fresh sake from the tank and seasonal vegetable dishes.

酒蔵Café