Yonetsuru (Grateful Crane) Brewery was founded in 1704 in Takahata, a town in the southern part of Yamagata Prefecture, northeast of Yonezawa City. In the late Edo period, the brewery was the personal property of the Uesugi clan, the region’s feudal lords, and produced sake under the stewardship of the Umezu family. Yoichiro Umezu, the 12th generation president, took the brewery’s helm in 2007.

The brewery takes a special interest in rice; they introduced a Junmai and Junmai Daiginjo made with “Kissui”, a new strain developed by the Takahata Sake Rice Group – an organization created in 1983 that comprises local farmers and brewery workers.

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