Our location in Old Oakland has given us the opportunity to have the best parties with our neighbors, The Trappist. For five years, we have collaborated with them to bring you Japan Beer Fest. It's an annual event during SF Beer Week that brings you loads of limited edition Japanese beers on tap alongside Japanese food offerings.
This year, to celebrate Love Yuzu month at Umami Mart, we presented Japan Beer Fest: The Love Yuzu Edition. This meant that many of the beers at during the festival included yuzu as an ingredient. Some of the beers we featured included the Hitachino Yuzu Lager, the Sorry Salt Yuzu Ale, and the Toccaimatto Yuzu Imperial Saison – all shop exclusives! Aburaya served up pork, chicken, or veggie Kamikaze Dogs with Yuzu BBQ Sauce, Yuzu Teriyaki, or Yuzu Sansho.
If you are nuts for yuzu, this was the place to be.
Many of the beer enthusiasts entered through Umami Mart, since our back door connects to the Trappist.
The store was bumping immediately after we opened our doors.
We had a bunch of limited edition yuzu beers for sale.
By 2pm (the official start of the event), the party was in full swing at the Trappist beer garden.
Japanese Beer (Can) Fest!
Enjoying the 66°F weather.
It's not a yuzu party without Yuzu Sparkling Jelly Sakes!
Fill 'er up!
One beer slushie, coming up.
Watch the beer slushie in action.
It's the party of the season!
Aburaya was serving up the dawgs!
Topping off a dog with Yuzu BBQ Sauce.
Tiny tots in the conbini section.
Hot dogs hand delivered by Adachi the Chicken Man himself!
Drool-worthy close up of the dogs.
The B-Dama crew even made it out!
The tunes were provided by Hair Thing who mixed up eclectic Japanese jams.
The party kept going on in the patio.
Meanwhile, in the Trappist front bar, things were packed to the gills.
The same story in the back bar.
Roy and Jess holding it down!
A peek at the menu.
Crushing a Wednesday Cat on a Saturday.
Ruben and Aaron making sure everyone is happy all day long.
From all of us at Umami Mart, thank you for coming out. It's always fun to plan this event but even more of a pleasure when we see all of your Japanese beer-loving faces in the California sun.