Produced by Aoki Shuzo (est. 1717) in Niigata.

Selected as one of gThe Wonder 500h by Japanese Government in August 2015.

Clean, bone dry, and well-refined. Serve chilled or warm. Yuki Otoko, bigfoot/yeti of Japan, is illustrated as a large hairy humanlike creature by Suzuki Bokushi in his masterpiece, Hokuetsu Seppu, the early 19th-century topographic essay on the life of the snowy southern Niigata region, where the brewery is located. It is written that Y.O. has helped travelers carry their loads and guided them through mountain trails. The brewery donates part of their proceeds to support local rescue activities. 


Basic Info


Brand:             Yuki Otoko [you-key oh-toh-koh]

Type:               Junmai

Rice:                Miyama Nishiki, milled to 60 %

Alcohol:          15.5% by volume

Size & UPC: 1.8L, 6-pack                 UPC 844650000085

                        720 ml, 12-pack          UPC 844650000078

  180 ml, 30-pack UPC 844650000092





Aoki [ow-kie] Shuzo      Founded: 1717


1214 Shiozawa, Minami-Uonuma-shi

                        Niigata 949-6408, JAPAN  


President: Takafumi Aoki - the 12th generation of the founding family.

Toji (Master Brewer):  Takahiro Imai


Ingredients & tech data

Rice:               Miyama Nishiki                                   

Water:            On-site well water from an underground current  originating at Makihata-yama. Soft water. 

Yeast:              Not disclosed.

SMV (Nihonshu-do): +12  Acidity:  1.2 Amino acids: -     No sulfites, no preservatives. 


Other info

Serving temp:  Chilled, at room temperature, or warm

Tasting notes: Bone-dry. Soft & smooth with rice-laden umami. Clean finish.

Food pairing:  Kurobuta pork - grilled or simmered, Grilled salmon, Toro sashimi, Creamy oysters, raw or steamed.

Aoki Shuzo has been awarded gold medals at the Japan National Sake Competition in 2016, 2014,2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, etc.