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Female Frontrunners (March 2024)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout the country. Join today!  It feels especially...

The Chronicles of Nara

Yucho Shuzo (Nara)

Visiting President Chobei Yamamoto at Yucho Shuzo in Gose City was one of the most educational brewery visits I’ve ever experienced. He invited me into his meeting room, where he had piles of very old books on Nara’s...

Brewery + Distillery Visit

Ikekame Shuzo (Fukuoka)

After my visit to Nishiyoshida Shuzo in Chikugo, Fukuoka back in January, I had the distinct pleasure to tour Ikekame Shuzo in nearby Kurume.¬†We first featured Ikekame Shuzo in February 2021 for Sake Gumi's theme Experimentations in Koji¬†¬†‚Äď...

The Secret Ingredient

PINKBERRY DECRYPTED! (well, not completely, but this is as close as it gets without using crack/cocaine/heroin/chemical powder!)I went there 3 times last week, and each time, i was very careful to figure out what...

Umami Mart Holiday Shopping Guide

Our Holiday Shopping Guide has been updated this year! We first came out with this in 2021 when the world was coming out of the pandemic, and we wanted to make sure that our community of small retail businesses were being recognized during the holiday...

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...

Sake Gumi News

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...

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...