||The majority of Sake breweries in Japan were started by local landlords, people with money and privledge. However, the founders of Kikusui, the Takasawa family, were only a branch family and never held such a position of privildge. Desipte this they were greanted a license to produce and sell Sake. Founded in 1881, making it a relatively young brewery, Kikusui is still run by the same family under the current 5th generation President. Over the years Kikusui has endured many trials including securing rice for brewing, labour shortages and drops in sales in the harsh post-war years.
?However, the biggest challenges came in the form of the Niigata Earthquake in 1964 then the Kaetsu Flood of 1966 and 1967 where for two consecutive years the brewery was destroyed and washed away.?Even in the face of such adversity Kikusui has always remained committed to the pursuit of producing the highest quality Sake which people can enjoy drinking. As drinking preferences change with the times so is Kikusui developing new products so that our customers can continue to enjoy the highest quality Sake, that is both affordable and easy to drink. From humble beginnings Kikusui has remained true to their vision of creating Sake that can be enjoyed by more and more people.