Interview

Izumibashi Brewery is a historical company– Ms.Hashiba

EBINA (Ms.Hashiba)

Izumibashi Brewery has been in business for 160 years, and was passed down through our family for six generations.

Our family places value on making sake with a unique local flavor. All of the ingredients are locally sourced, with the rice grown in the rice paddies next to our brewery and the water taken from a local spring. All of the employees are from the area as well.

With western wine, almost all of the well-known wineries in Europe own their own vineyards and grow their own grapes but in Japan today, the farmers and brewers are often separated. However, here at Izumibashi Brewery we are able to make the sake from start to finish, from growing the rice to the actual brewing.

We also endeavor to make high-quality sake by using spring water, which is rich in minerals. We use the minimum amount of pesticides in our fields, which means that you can often see ducks and herons in the local area.

The Dragon fly is our symbol on the bottle labels, as we put great value in preserving the environment. Ebina is only 40 minutes from Shinjuku via the Odakyu Limited Express Romancecar, and while there are beautiful natural landscapes, the area is also bustling with activity, the same amount that you might see in an urban area.

People move to Ebina because of its natural beauty and rice fields, something that Japanese people love since rice is an important part of our diet! We would love to welcome visitors from overseas to our brewery, where they can learn more Japanese rice culture.

 


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