While Ise Kadoya Brewery is only 12 years old, the family-run Kadoya cafe has been serving mochi and tea to the pilgrims that journey to Ise City and Ise Shrine for over 430 years.
Kadoya also began making soy sauce, tamari, and miso paste a little over 100 years ago, and the buildings that now house the brewery were once filled with cedar barrels of these traditional Japanese products. The company has been in the Suzuki family for 21 generations; Narihiro Suzuki now runs day-to-day operations.
The brewery opened in 1997 and has been winning international awards ever since. While their beers are influenced by American brewing, they also work to create traditional brews that push the limits of established styles.
Ise Kadoya beers just landed on US shores this month. It's Japanese brewing at its finest.