Ozeki Sake in America since 1979

Ozeki’s original Japanese brewery was founded in 1711 by Osakaya Chobei in Nada district of Hyogo prefecture.

Over the years, Ozeki has become one of the world’s major sake brewers.

In 1979, Ozeki became the first Japanese producer to establish a presence in the USA.  Hollister, California was found to have both the finest locally grown rice and easy access to the clear water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California.

Ozeki Sake (U.S.A.) Inc. celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019, renewing its pioneering spirit and commitment to brewing the finest fresh sake.

Ozeki Timeline

1711

Ozeki founded by Osakaya Chobei in Nada district of Hyogo prefecture.

1884

Changed sake brand name from “Manryo” to “Ozeki.”

1958

Began sponsoring the Ozeki Cup for Sumo tournaments.

1992

Changed corporate name to Ozeki Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.

1964

Tokyo Olympics

Launched Ozeki One Cup, coinciding with the Tokyo Olympics. The first ”cup” sake became a hit product and changed the industry.

1979

Established Ozeki San Benito Inc. in Hollister, California, USA.

2011

Celebrated 300th anniversary of the founding as one of the world’s major sake brewers.

2014

Celebrated 50 years of Ozeki One Cup sake excellence. 4 billion cups sold all over the globe.

2019

Celebrated 40 years of Ozeki Sake U.S.A.