"The gentle junmai: soft and smooth."


Soft and smoothly contoured with a touch of balsam and tangerine, this demure junmai is made by Uchigasaki Brewing Company, the oldest brewery in Miyagi Prefecture, founded in 1661.

Characteristics of Hoyo Sawayaka "Summer Breeze" Junmai

ABV: 15%

Grade: Junmai

Taste: Light & Dry

Storage: Keep in a cool dark and dry place

Rice Variety: Manamusume

Yeast: Association No.901

Brewing Method: Sokujo

Polishing Ratio: 60%

Acidity: 1.3

SMV: +1

Food Pairing

Kaiseki delicacies and simple fare. Enjoy cold with sushi and sashimi and at room temperature with cooked dishes.

Recommended Serving Temperature



The Uchigasaki Brewery is located in Miyagi prefecture.

The Uchigasaki Brewery

In 1620 Date Masamune, daimyo of present-day Miyagi Prefecture, ordered his retainer Uchigasaki Oribe to build a town one day’s march from Sendai on the road north to Aomori. In 1661 Oribe’s son Sakuemon founded Uchigasaki Brewing Company, which has continued in production for 355 years and is the oldest brewery in the region. Little is known of those early days, and we can only surmise what the brewery’s sakes tasted like then. But today we know just what to expect when we see a bottle with the brewery’s Hoyo label on it. The flavour will be delicate, the texture smooth and evenly balanced. This is especially so in the case of labels made from regional rice strains like “Manamusume” and “Kura no Hana,” which lend themselves to the brewery’s gracious brewing style.