Sake Gumi

Japanese Beers

Welcome to America’s first Japanese beer shop! There is no scarcity of craft breweries in Japan and we hope to showcase as many as possible. Thanks to a ban that was lifted in 1994 by the government (giving major producers like Asahi and Sapporo a monopoly on the market for decades), microbreweries are popping up all over Japan with fierceness. Echigo Brewery in Niigata was the premier microbrewery and many are following suit--introducing a wide range of beer styles to a Japanese audience, and beyond. Here you will find experimental jibiru (craft beers) like IPAs, Stouts, Pilsners and even Bocks; all with imaginative twists.

Incidentally, many sake breweries in Japan have started brewing beers as the production processes are so similar. One of the most well-known microbreweries, Hitachino, is a line of beers started by nearly 200 year old Kiuchi Sake Brewery in Ibaraki prefecture.