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Nakamura Brewery


Nichiei Sake, Glory of the Sun

Alongside the great Mount Hakusan in Ishikawa, Japan is Chef Kevin Cory's family's sake brewery, Nakamura Shuzou 中村酒造 established since the 1800's. The heart of our Nichiei Sake is the first grade sake rice, Yamada Nishiki and Gohyakumangoku. Our Yamada Nishiki rice is lovingly brewed by sake masters in the rural Noto, Ishikawa peninsula during the very cold winters to bring out a rich taste and smooth texture.

Nakamura Shuzou, Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Nakamura Shuzou Brewery mixing koji for sake


JONA Certification, Organic


In Japan, organic JAS is an organic standard of agricultural products (raw materials), organic certification in alcoholic beverages requires the certification of a domestic organic certification organization separately. Nakamura Brewery's AKIRA sake has been certified by JONA (Japan Organic & Natural foods Association) in 2001 and is being reviewed and renewed annually.

In addition, in 2007 it was certified by European ICEA (later changed to EU certification), USDA certification in 2010, Canada COR certification in 2014, and certified organic in various parts of the world.

USDA EU CANADA Certified Organic


Japan Sake Awards 2018 - The Gold Prize is awarded to Nakamura Brewery Co., Ltd for Nichiei - May 30, 2018 - Nami Gotoh, National Research Institute of Brewing - Shigeyuki Shinohara, Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association


Very high quality hinoki trees were used to build Nakamura Brewery in Kanazawa

Very high quality hinoki trees were used to build Nakamura Brewery which has been designated as a cultural asset of Kanazawa, Japan.

Nakamura Shuzou is a Historical Building of Japan


We are proud to announce that all of the sakes served at NAOE are made by Nakamura Brewery.*


Nakamura Brewery President, Taro Nakamura. Video is in Japanese.


* - Due to limited supply since covid, we have introduced other local Ishikawa and Hokuriku region sake breweries onto our menu that also match well with our style of Japanese cuisine, including Naohiko Noguchi Sake Institute, whose Limited bottles, logo, and tasting room; Touan 杜庵 were designed by Chef Kevin Cory's friend, Toshio Ohi (Chozaemon XI).






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