Produce a Product Made of the Finest Locally Grown Ingredients - HELIOS DISTILLERY

“Dedicated to Make Authentic Products”
Dedicated to use the finest raw materials and production methods.
While placing high value on preserving its tradition, we keep seeking new possibilities of developing new products that meet requirements of the new era.
Starting with amber colored Kosyu KURA that has been a long-selling product for 20 years since its release, we have produced a variety of products rooted in the local community, including Rum, Liqueur, Craft Beer and Red Sweet Potato Shochu.

Corporate Philosophy

“Always Make Authentic Products”

Make the best use of Okinawa’s natural resources and history, and dedicate to produce authentic and good products.
Based on the corporate philosophy, Helios Distillery has grown to the company with six production licenses, which are Awamori, Spirits, Whisky, Liqueurs, Craft beer, and law-malt beer. Making the best use of local community, we at Helios would like to continue to produce good products with the unique value that only Helios can bring.

“Protection of Natural Environment”

Situated in Nago-city, the Northern Area of Okinawa that is known for its rich natural environment, we have also placed high value on preservation of the environment and have taken a proactive stance. That is why we are working to reuse and recycle materials. In addition to these actions, we introduced solar power and wind power in 2004.

“From Okinawa to The World”

We see our future as not just the making and selling of a product, but as working to promote the identity, culture, and know-how of Okinawa. We at Helios would like to promote the theme “From Okinawa to The World” in the years to come.

Corporate History
1961 Tadashi Matsuda established Taiyou Distillery at Naha city, Okinawa.
Started producing Rum made from Okinawan cane sugar.
1969 Changed its corporate name to Helios Distillery.
1970 Obtained a production license of liquor.
Started brown sugar spirits and Habu Sake.
1972 Relocated its head office and factory to the current address; 405 Kyoda, Nago city, Okinawa.
1979 Obtaining a production license of singly distilled shochu, Otsurui shochu.
Started the production Awamori spirit.
Ryo Matsuda assumed the post of president.
1982 Set up Naha branch in Kumoji, Naha city, Okinawa.
1985 Set up Tokyo branch.
1991 Released Awamori Kosyu “KURA”.
1993 Completed construction of warehouse, “koshu-gura”, which stores Awamori Kosyu “KURA”.
1995 Built a new office and the second factory at the head office.
1996 June: Completed Brewery at Gushikami, Okinawa.
Obtained production license of beer and started production of craft beer.
July: Opened Helios beer pub at International Street, “Kokusai-dori”, Naha city, Okinawa.
November: Installed custom-made large oak barrel made by Sugamoro.
1997 Obtained wholesale license of Western Liquor.
1999 Opened Okinawan restaurant, “Momogami”, at International Street, Naha city, Okinawa.
Started to import and sell iAustrian wine.
2001 Completed construction of the second warehouse, “Nino Kura”.
2004 Completed construction of climbing kiln at Gushikami, Okinawa.
Set up Osaka branch at Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka.
2007 October Obtained privacy mark
2008 January: Completed the third warehouse, “Yona no Kura”.
Being approved by “Regional Resource Utilization Program” of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, produced and released the first red sweet potato of Okinawa, “Beni-issui”.
2011 Relocated brewery from to the head office premise.
Corporate Profile
Company Name Helios Distillery Co., Ltd.
Head Office 405 Kyoda, Nago City, Okinawa 905-0024
Naha Branch 1-20-4 Nishi, Naha City, Okinawa 900-0036
Tokyo Branch 10F Odakyu Building Onarimon, 3-23-11
Nishishinbashi, Minatoku, Tokyo 105-0003
Osaka Branch 5-D Sakurabashi, Yachiyo Building, 2-5-6 Umeda, Kitaku,
Osaka city, Osaka 530-0001
Taipei Office 13F., No.27, Shitan Rd., Neihu Dist., Taipei City 114, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
President Ryo Matsuda
Establishment August, 1961
Contents of Business Production and Sales of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Starting Point -The Spirit of Foundation-

“Produce a Product Made of the Finest Locally Grown Ingredients”

Based on the principal, Tadashi Matsuda, the founder, established Helios Distillery in 1961. He started with making Rum, made of sugar cane that has been Okinawa’s main crop. His principal whether it is in the making of Awamori, Spirits, Beer or Liqueurs still stands today at Helios, over 50 years.

Awards
1989 Honored by the Head of Okinawa office of the National Tax Administration Agency in the Ceremony for Excellence in Awamori
1991 Honorable Award in Okinawa Industrial Festival
1992 Gold and Silver Prize in Monde Selection
1994 Gold, Silver and Bronze Prize in Monde Selection
1995 Gold, Silver and Bronze Prize in Monde Selection
1996 Gold, Silver, Bronze and High Quality Prize in Monde Selection
1997 Gold and Silver Prize in Monde Selection
1998 Gold and Silver Prize in Monde Selection
1999 Gold and Silver Prize in Monde Selection
2000 Grand Gold, Gold and Silver Prize in Monde Selection
2001 Gold Prize in Monde Selection
2002 Gold and Silver Prize and High Quality Trophy in Monde Selection
2003 Grand Gold and Gold Prize and Crystal Prestige Trophy in Monde Selection
2005 Gold and Best in Class Prize in International Wine and Spirit Competition
2007 Gold Prize in Monde Selection
2008 Grand Gold in Monde Selection
2009 Grand Gold and Gold Prize in Monde Selection
2010 Grand Gold and Gold Prize in Monde Selection
2011 Grand Gold and Gold Prize in Monde Selection
Gold in Great Japan Beer Festival 2011
Special Prize by the Governor of Kanagawa in Japan Beer Festival
Special Prize by the Mayor of Yokohama in Japan Beer Festival
Products
Kura Super Selection
【Kura Super Selection】

- Rich and Sweet Aroma and Authentic Flavor Matured in Oak Barrels Over Time -
Made from unblended Awamori that is carefully selected from among 2600 oak barrels.
Kura Super Selection is the most rare and limited item with manthly production of 1,000 bottles. Enjoy the specially chosen “Kura” that has further improved its sweet and rich aroma and smooth, yet rich taste.

43% 720ml
Dai Ryukukoku 8 Years Kosyu 35%
【Dai Ryukukoku 8 Years Kosyu 35%】

“Treasured Awamori Aged in Traditional Jar”
Dedicated to the production method that has over-600-year tradition, Dai Ryukyukoku 8 years Kosyu is a prized Awamori, which is slowly aged for 8 years in traditional large earthenware jar called “Kame”. Enjoy its magnificent aromas of vanilla peculiar to aged Awamori. It is popular for special occasions and also is perfect for a gift.

35% 720ml
Dai Ryukukoku 8 Years Kosyu 43%
【Dai Ryukukoku 8 Years Kosyu 43%】

“Treasured Awamori Aged in Traditional Jar”
Dedicated to the production method that has over-600-year tradition, Dai Ryukyukoku 8 years Kosyu is a prized Awamori, which is slowly aged for 8 years in traditional large earthenware jar called “Kame”. Enjoy its magnificent aromas of vanilla peculiar to aged Awamori. It is popular for special occasions and also is perfect for a gift.

43% 720ml
Tanrei Ryukyu Bijin
【Tanrei Ryukyu Bijin】

“Introducing New Type of Awamori with its Delicate and Refreshing Flavor. “
“Awamori with Floral Fragrance”
Tanrei Ryukyu Bijin has delicate and refreshing taste and floral fragrance. Its clear and crisp flavor like Ginjōshu brings out the flavor of foods and their ingredients. It is great with any kind of foods including Japanese, Chinese and Western food. Won Gold Prize and Best in Class Prize in International Wine and Spirit Competition, 2005.

25% 720ml
Umechiyo
【Umechiyo】

Made from 100% ripe Nankoubai plum from Kishu, which is renowned for its excellent plum. Helios-made special Awamori brings out rich and sweet flavor and crisp sour taste of ripe Kishu Nankoubai plum. Enjoy on the rocks, straight and cocktails as aperitif or with meals.

14% 720ml
Helios’s Homemade Kokuto Umesyu
【Helios’s Homemade Kokuto Umesyu】

- Awamori-Based Kokuto-Brown sugar Umesyu -
Made from Kokuto-Brown sugar of Okinawa and Nankoubai Plum. Nankoubai Plum is the finest plum with pulp, rich sweet aroma and refreshing sour taste. Helios-made special Awamori brings out rich and sweet flavor of Kokuto-Brown sugar and crisp sour taste of Nankoubai plum. Enjoy its balanced sophisticated flavor with mouth-filling rich and smooth taste as aperitif or with meals.

14% 720ml
Seequarsar Umesyu
【Seequarsar Umesyu】

Added juice of Seequarsar-Citrus depressa to Helios-made Awamori-based Umesyu. Seequarsar-Citrus depressa, made specially in Okinawa, has fruity and refreshing sour taste. Enjoy the sweet-and-sour Umesyu, its combination of Nankoubai plum, Seequarsar, and Awamori.

12% 720ml
Okinawa Fruits Club Pineapple
【Okinawa Fruits Club Pineapple】

Fruity and spectacular flavored tropical liquor made from sweet fruit juice extracted from tropical fruit pineapple, the king of tropical fruit, grown in sun-drenched land in Okinawa. The rich flavor and refreshing savor of Okinawan Pineapple allows “Okinawa Fruit Club Pineapple” to be enjoyed as a base for a variety of cocktails, as well as with Awamori and soda.

12% 550ml
Okinawa Fruits Club Seequarsar
【Okinawa Fruits Club Seequarsar】

Tropical liquor with crisp flavor and refreshing sour taste has become a favorite of many people. It uses juice from fruits, Shīkwāsā, which is a kind of Citrus unique and indigenous to Okinawa. You can enjoy it plain as well as cocktail with Awamori or soda.

12% 550ml
Okinawa Fruits Club Guava
【Okinawa Fruits Club Guava】

Refreshing and spectacular flavored tropical liquor made with freshly-extracted juice of guava, which is a tropical fruit unique to Okinawa.You can enjoy it plain as well as cocktail with Awamori or soda.

12% 550ml
GOYA DRY
【GOYA DRY】

- Helios’s homemade craft beer -
You can even enjoy its beer head!
Received the first place for two straight days in popularity vote at Japan Beer Festival.

Great feat: won the three awards in 2011!
☆Great Japan Beer Festival 2011 Gold Prize
☆Japan Beer Festival 2011 
Won Prize from Governor of Kanagawa (received the first place in popularity vote)
☆Japan Beer Festival 2011 
Won Prize from Mayor of Yokohama city(received the first place in popularity vote)

Our corporate philosophy opened up the development of GOYA DRY.
Based on the corporate philosophy “Produce a Product Made of the Finest Locally Grown Ingredients”, we decided to produce the most unique craft beer using local ingredients, GOYA.
After you enjoy the bitterness of hop comes the bitterness of GOYA. These two different types of bitterness give GOYA DRY the enjoyable harmony of bitterness, which we call “the time lag of bitterness”.

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