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May 01, 2022 open
Craft beer is becoming more and more popular these days, with the number of breweries and brands increasing. ［Koto Koto Beer was established this year as the first craft beer brewery in the Yamashiro area.
Kizugawa is surrounded by greenery and has abundant and delicious water. It is a good place for beer brewing," says Tomoya Bando, the representative of Kizugawa Brewery. Mr. Bando used to work at a sake brewery in Nara, where he was also involved in sake brewing. He and his colleague, Mr. Minamisha, a toji (master brewer), launched Kotokoto Beer.
Like sake, which is made by hand, beer is also made with a lot of time and effort. They mix the beer with a spatula and prepare it by hand, filter it carefully to smooth out the flavor, and boil it while checking the flame directly.
I hope to use my experience in sake brewing to create a taste that is unique to this brewery. In the future, I would be happy if we can make the area more exciting by, for example, trying a beer using local fruits," says Bando. The brewery is already working on SDGs projects, such as reusing malt lees as fertilizer for local grape farmers.
The goal is to eventually use the grapes to make beer and to circulate the grapes. As a craft beer for a new era, we look forward to its taste and efforts.
Representative Tomoya Bando (left) is from Osaka Prefecture. He spent four years of college in Kyoto and has over 12 years of experience in local sake sales and brewing. He and Mr. Minamisha are beer drinkers, and their favorite type of beer is Weizen.
Toji Satoshi Nansha (right) is from Kyoto Prefecture. He has been involved in sake brewing as a toji for more than 20 years at the same brewery as Mr. Bando. His favorite beers are IPAs, stouts, and other black beers.