In 1992, Momokawa Saké, Ltd. was established as a joint venture between Frost International Group Inc. and Momokawa Brewing Inc. of Japan. A year later, the name was changed to The Japan America Beverage Co., focusing on importing saké from Japan for the U.S. market. What started as a saké importer, it soon became a part of the saké-making business once it became apparent that saké-making in Oregon was possible and there was a market for it. The original owner chose Oregon because he believed that the best quality water for saké was located in the Northwest, specifically on the east slop of the coast range. Water is one of the most important ingredients when it comes to making saké, which made Forest Grove, Oregon the ideal location. The company later changed its name to SakéOne in 1996 to reflect the goal of being the number one saké company in America. In 1997, the construction of the Kura had been completed and the first brewed bottles under the Momokawa and Moonstone labels came the following year. Between the two product lines Momokawa and Moonstone, SakéOne has won more awards than any other saké company in America and continues to strive for innovation and creating the best quality saké for its consumers.
Today SakéOne is one of six saké brewing facilities in America and the only saké brewery in Oregon. Additionally, SakéOne imports some of the finest Japanese made saké and distributes them throughout the American market. It is important to SakéOne that the U.S. is educated about the saké world and wants to squash the assumptions that saké is a beverage that must be consumed warm. The saké produced at SakéOne is to be served chilled, much like a white wine, and simply enjoyed in a wine glass. To learn more about the art of saké, come to the Kura for a tour and afterwards head to the tasting room to enjoy some premium saké.