Mukai Craft Brewing in Niyodogawa-cho
Niyodogawa-cho is famous for great geological formations, crystal clear rivers, and spectacular waterfalls. However, these are not the only natural treasures. We also have fertile land and extremely pure mountain spring water. Over many generations residents have worked with this nature to develop high quality products which today are proud representatives of Niyodogawa-cho, such as lumber and tea products. Mukai Craft Brewing will also utilize Niyodogawa-cho's natural treasures. The foundation of our beers will be pure mountain spring water sourced from the mountain a few hundred meters from our brewery. In addition we will make beers with local ingredients, such as tea, honey, and satsuma imo. In the near future we will also include Niyodogawa-cho grown hops in our beers. Mukai Craft Brewing will proudly showcase Niyodogawa-cho's nature in our beers.
Ken Mukai, brewmaster general, spent 23 years teaching high school science courses before moving to Niyodogawa-cho to open Mukai Craft Brewing. He was known for challenging his students to build on fundamental knowledge and skills in science, to be data driven, and to pay attention to details. In brewing, Ken has always demanded these high standards, but with opening a brewery next to a pristine river came the new challenge of brewery wastes. Once again, Ken relied on science to find a sustainable way to manage his brewery wastewater. He experimented tirelessly to develop a procedure to treat wastewater until it has nearly the same quality as the river. This photo shows one of the many experiments that led to the the Mukai Craft Brewing wastewater system, which was researched, designed, and created by Ken.
A Craftsman's Journey
Our Beers are...
- Hybridized (we have a happoshu license that requires us to use at least 5% by mass of secondary ingredients, which are things like spices, fruits, etc.)
- Skillfully crafted (we use industry leading processes to produce the highest quality beers)
- Creative (we enjoy thinking outside the box to develop beer recipes)
- Balanced (we believe beer should have a pleasant balance between aroma, flavor, bitterness, mouthfeel, visual appearance, and aftertaste)
- Responsibly sourced (we locally source as much as possible)
- Sustainably managed (our spent solid wastes go to farmers, and our liquid waste is processed before releasing to the environment)
- Paired well with foods (come to our taproom for good examples!)
- Fun to drink!