Fukuoka is part of the region of Kyūshū, which is Japan’s third largest island and is the most southwesterly of its four main islands. Kyushu was the main conduit for continental influences in Japan because of its close proximity to the Korean Peninsula and it is thought that rice farming was introduced into Japan through the Kyushu province around 500BC from China.
Inoue Gomei was established in 1922. The brewery is located along a river bank with the beautiful scenic back drop of the surrounding rice fields and the Mino mountain range. Inoue Gomei utilise the local ‘Itoshima’ Yamada Nishiki rice to produce the Biden, Mii no Kotobuki, and Eiden sake brands. Yamada Nishiki is known as the “King of sake rice” because of its quality for sake brewing. This rice strain is notoriously difficult to grow due to the length of the ears of its large grain which makes it susceptible to strong winds. This limits where this strain of rice can be cultivated and so the majority of Fukuoka Prefecture’s Yamada Nishiki is grown in Itoshima. Itoshima has great weather and fantastic soil and the local rice growers are producing exceptional sake rice prized by sake brewers like Inoue Gomei. Inoue Gomei are slow-pace brewers with a high attention to detail, producing tiny amounts of sensational sake which have built a strong following amongst sake connoisseurs.