Niigata Sakenojin was originally held in 2004 as a fifty’s anniversary of Niigata Sake Brewers Association. They studied the biggest beer festival, “October Fest” of Germany and used it as reference. Our goal is that with the respect to our home country, people from outside of Niigata, abroad, and we all have fun with Niigata sake and local food.
By holding the event annually, Sakenojin have grown very much, and we were honored to have about 140,000 visitors for the two-day event in 2018. People can enjoy over 500 sake from almost all brewers of Niigata with local cuisine. We also have various stage performances and sake seminars with Niigata style.
Particular Niigata Brewing
Compare to other prefectures, we do not hesitate to polish rice. In fact, Niigata has the highest percentage of average rice-milled down ratio in Japan.
For making Niigata sake, we only use the center core of rice, which contains purer, better starch. Because of this method, the artisanal sake production is small, and we are very much particular about the quality of it.