Owner and brewmaster Norio Onda is the fifth generation of his family to steward Onda Shuzo, which has been in continuous operation since 1875. While many breweries source their rice carefully and partner with local farmers, Onda is one of the few domaine style breweries in the country, where all the rice used is grown by the brewery workers themselves throughout the summer months who then switch to sake making in the winter. The brewery and rice fields are located right where the foothills of the Echigo mountains meet the Shinano river. Snowmelt from the mountains nourishes the rice paddies and provides the breweries well water.
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