tokyoIt takes about two hours by bullet train from niigataprefecture to the city of nagaoka. From there, take a train one stop to station miyauchi. About a 10-minute walk away is settaya, a brewing town that has existed since the 1800s.
The town has long had an abundance of rice, grains and good groundwater, which has led to the development of a brewing culture producing sake, soy sauce and miso. There are six breweries that continue to operate today, and this article introduces the fifth of these, Miso hoshiroku.
It is the newest of the six breweries, established in 1975 by the current president, Masao Hoshino, after branching off from the main hoshinoshop in the same town. hoshirokuThe characteristic feature of the company's products is its thoroughly particular production methods and ingredients. The miso is made using only pesticide-free and organic ingredients. The miso is matured for one year, two years and three years, and as it matures, it gradually changes to a more harmonious flavour with a salty and umami taste.
hoshirokuThe basic miso of the Echigo Miso Co. is Echigo Miso Aka, but there is also a wide range of other types, including rice miso, special miso, old-fashioned miso and barley miso for the health-conscious. The owner will carefully explain the differences between the different types of miso.
A typical dish using miso in Japan is miso soup.
The inclusion of Japanese food on UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage has spread attention to Japanese food around the world, and Miso soup, which is a rarity on the daily dining table, seems to be enjoying a bit of a boom.
When you come to Japan, you want to enjoy Japanese food culture.
tokyoWhy not take a short trip from the city of brewing, settaya, and get a taste of the Japanese food and fermentation culture that is currently attracting so much attention?
About a 5-minute walk from Miso hoshirokuis LIS settaya, a renovated warehouse built in 1930. It sells sake liqueurs, regional products and sundries collected from sake breweries in Niigata Prefecture. This is also a place where you can experience new ways to enjoy sake and other new aspects of Japanese food culture. settayaPlease stop by when touring the breweries of Niigata Prefecture.