Sake and Shochu Gumi

Suikaen Tanimura Chasen

I never felt like I could explain just how deep and complex the chasen (matcha whisk) making culture is in Japan. But all of it became clear to me after meeting Yasaburo Tanimura and his son Keiichiro Tanimura of Suikaen Tanimura Chasen in the Takayama...

We're Hiring a Shopkeeper Assistant!

Umami Mart seeks a friendly and responsible team member to fill a hybrid, seasonal role supporting both the front of the house and Umami Mart Bar program staff. This will be at our shop located at 4027 Broadway in...

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Miyamizu (October 2023)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout the country. Join today! Considering that sake is made of 80% water, it is no wonder why almost every brewer we visit obsesses...

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Natsuzake (September 2023)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout the country. Join today! Natsuzakes (summer sakes) typically get released starting in June, and satisfy thirsty sake lovers through the hottest months in...

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Umeshu Sake (August 2023)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout the country. Join today! I am going out on a bit of a limb here, introducing umeshu for Sake Gumi, but Umami Mart has always been about breaking boundaries. And based on the...

Maruyama Fiber Industry

I visited Maruyama Fiber Industry who make Nawrap towels in Nara and learned about the traditional weaving technique native to the region. This was a few months back, in March of 2023 and I'm glad to finally be able to blog about it. When I got...

Don't Make Me Blush - The Flirtini

Hi everybody!  We've had a fantastic time with our later summer bar hours - finally, our guests are able to make it by our bar for a quick one, two, or three on their way to dinner or just after. While we were enjoying our supreme reign as the top...

Brewery + Distillery Tour

Home Base Spirits (Berkeley)

Originally from Oakland, twin sisters Sam (above left) and Ali Blatteis were living across the country from one another when they developed a passion for whisky. After many distillery tours, countless tastings, and their own personal studies, they launched Home Base Spirits together in the Bay Area in...

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Nishiyoshida Shuzo (Fukuoka)

I'm not sure if it was the pandemic, or having a child, but everything I do these days is last minute. I don't really like making commitments or plans for anything ‚Äď doctors, dinners, trips ‚Äď and instead my friends will get regular texts asking if they want to meet...

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Fukushima Days (July 2023)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout the country. Join today! Greetings Gumi folks, your whisky liaison and friendly neighborhood Dre is taking over Sake Gumi this month! It's the same feeling as when you played Pokemon Red on your...

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Sakqueso (June 2023)

Sake Gumi¬†is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout the country.¬†Join today! Ah, June ‚Äď it‚Äôs when summer break kicks in, the days are long, and the tank¬†tops come out. And, if you‚Äôve been a part of our little Umamiverse¬†for a¬†while,...

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Matsuse Brewery in Shiga

Walking into a sake brewery is like walking into someone's home. In the old days, it was customary that the kurabito (brewery workers) all stayed in shared housing at the brewery during the brewing season ‚Äď people traveled from far and wide from their hometowns...

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The Art of Blending (May 2023)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout the country. Join today! These days, there has been a bit of buzz about blending for sake, with the emergence of bottles blended by legends of the wine world in Europe and Canada....

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A Visit to Kawatsuru Brewery

Yuichiro Kawahito, president of Kawatsuru Brewery in Kagawa, is the epitome of the word genki ‚Äď he is full of energy and life. He took on the brewery in 2004 after his father, making him the 6th generation owner. I visited Kawatsuru Brewery on a sunny day...