Hokkaido Akkeshi Distillery

The Story of Akkeshi Distillery

Introducing our history, starting when we began test aging in 2013.

2018

Completed Third Warehouse

A third warehouse was completed adjacent to the sea incorporating an innovative racking system.

Akkeshi Distillery Releases 1st Product

Akkeshi New Born "Foundations 1" released February 2018.

2017

Completed Second Warehouse

Our first warehouse became full after a year of distilling, so we constructed a second warehouse across from the distillery.

2016

Began Distilling

Employees from Forsyths visited to install the pot stills and other equipment.
Began distilling in October 2016.

2015

Began Distillery Construction

The area surrounding Akkeshi Distillery is wetlands, with a layer of peat and beneath that, soft, weak soil extending down to 50 meters beneath the Earth's surface. It is impossible to build anything on top of such soil without taking special measures. For this reason we employed the Columbus construction method, which entails removing the soil beneath the foundations and putting in Styrofoam infill in its place. Construction on Akkeshi Distillery began.

2013

Began Test Aging

We began test-aging batches of raw spirits purchased from two existing distilleries in Japan, assuring us that our finished product will have a flavour that's distinctly Akkeshi.

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