Our Family Business
A new generation, a new business

In 1997, across the street from where my family has been doing business for over 430 years, we decided to build Biyagura, a restaurant, brewhouse and beer shop converted partly from some of my family's traditional miso and soy sauce warehouses. Ise Kadoya is in continuous production creating our year-round beers and roughly 6 seasonal beers—one every other month—throughout the year. Of course it depends on the beers we are producing, but we have the capacity to produce 15 kiloliters of beer every month or about 4,000 gallons.

Ise Kadoya beers are available in and around the Ise City and Ise Shima area and from our online shop (sorry this site is Japanese only).

Endeavors worth doing always bring with them certain ups and downs, mistakes and miscalculations and surely a lot of hard work. Yet, if we pay close attention, there is a lot to learn from our missteps—starting Ise Kadoya Brewery is proof positive of that. I still clearly remember tasting our first beer and being slightly surprised at just how good it was. All the same, I also clearly recall a day that we dumped over 1,000 liters of beer because we didn't allow it to mature long enough. Over the last 14 years, we have always remained confident that our hard work and close attention to detail would make us better beer makers. We hope you agree with us.

Company History

Way back in 1575, my ancestors started "Kadoya", a cafe business aimed at making and serving "kinakomochi" (see pics on right) and tea to the numerous pilgrims that journeyed to Ise City and Ise Shrine from all over Japan. Over 430 years later, Kadoya is still selling kinako mochi to a new generation of pilgrims making their way to Ise Shrine. After generations of making kinakomochi, Kadoya began making soy sauce, tamari and miso paste a little over 100 years ago (see pics on right). In 1994, our family business name changed to “Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten” and still continues to be one of the longest running mochi companies in Japan. I represent the 21st generation in my family to run daily operations after my father, Soichiro Suzuki.

Ise City

Ise City has a long and celebrated history. It's considered to be the one of the most sacred cities of the Shinto religion and is home to over 200 separate shrines—none more important than Ise Jingu (shrine), considered the most sacred of all in Japan. Ise Jingu attracts over 5 million people a year, mostly to pay their respects to Japan's imperial ancestry and for the safety and prosperity of Japan's future.

We named our brewery "Ise Kadoya" to honor how Ise City has shaped Japanese culture and the pivotal role it continues to serve in modern Japanese culture.