4th generation brewer Tomofumi Yamamoto has taken the reigns of his family Shirataki brewery. After taking over the role of Toji – Master Brewer, Tomofumi is rare in the Akita sake world in that he is both owner and Toji.
A relative newcomer to the Akita sake scene, former rock band manager in his younger days Tomofumi returned home to look after his family business. Fiercely determined to rock the sake world and raise the bar in his own business, Yamamoto san seized control and manages each step of the brewing process, from the initial milling of the rice through to the final pressing of the sake.
Yamamoto san clearly has the talent. Since taking over the brewery in 2007, they produce three times more sake than before he started and their sake is always sold out well before the end of the brewery year. 90% of Yamamoto brand sake is sold in specialist sake shops and 10% consumed locally by avid Akita supporters.
The Yamamoto brand of sake was launched in 2007. A series of premium Junmai Ginjo sake all 3 we import are brewed with the same rice – Akitasakekomachi to the same of seimaibuai of 55%, but each with a distinct aroma and palate, stemming from the different yeasts used for each label.