Tomita Shuzo / Shiga, Japan
CEO Yasunobu is super hip and friendly, but yes, he is the 15th generation of this brewery. His sake, made from ancient rice and not polished too much, has a strong earthy aroma that goes well with the fermented foods traditionally eaten in the region. However, it does not feel heavy due to the action of the acidity. Working together with young farmers, he hopes to pass on the pride of this region to the next generation. "That's why we do rice farming and harvesting with high school students" he said. This hipster brewery is cool to visit in person. The tanks are full of signs by visitors and you can see the beautiful balance of old and new. It is such a well-loved sake that it has even been featured in the Michelin three-star restaurant The French Laundry.