Akishika Shuzō is one of a handful of breweries that follow the wine chateau concept. Practically all the rice used is grown right around the brewery by the owner himself and about 20 contracted local farmers. It was founded in 1886 and has under the present owner/headbrewer Oku Hiroaki acquired itself a reputation amongst connoisseurs of a brewery making top-quality sake with an outspoken dry and robust character. The brewery boasts a huge maturation storage, where Oku leisurely ages some of the best matured sake to be found. Akishika Shuzō limits itself to making strictly pure rice wine (junmaishu) without any additives.