Kinoshita Shuzō is a small-scale brewery on the Japan Sea Coast side of Kyoto Prefecture founded in 1842. It successfully managed to position itself in the spotlights a few years ago by simultaneously bringing in Englishman Philip Harper, who thus became the first foreign master brewer (tōji), and introducing a revolutionary label design. Head-brewer Harper implemented traditional brewing methods, such as the slow-brew methods yamahai and kimoto, and the use of natural yeast. His fullbody full-taste sake also stand out for their relatively high alcohol percentage, the ‘complete fermentation’ variety even reaching the highest level of 21-22%.