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Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018Our 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.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

The store was bumping immediately after we opened our doors.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

We had a bunch of limited edition yuzu beers for sale.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

By 2pm (the official start of the event), the party was in full swing at the Trappist beer garden.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

Japanese Beer (Can) Fest!

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

Enjoying the 66°F weather.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

It's not a yuzu party without Yuzu Sparkling Jelly Sakes!

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

Fill 'er up!

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

One beer slushie, coming up.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

Watch the beer slushie in action.

It's the party of the season!

Thanks for being patient, everyone.

Aburaya was serving up the dawgs!

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

Topping off a dog with Yuzu BBQ Sauce.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

Tiny tots in the conbini section.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

Hot dogs hand delivered by Adachi the Chicken Man himself!

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

Drool-worthy close up of the dogs.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

More dogs.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

Chowing down.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

The B-Dama crew even made it out!

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

The tunes were provided by Hair Thing who mixed up eclectic Japanese jams.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

The party kept going on in the patio.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

Meanwhile, in the Trappist front bar, things were packed to the gills.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

The same story in the back bar.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

Roy and Jess holding it down!

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

A peek at the menu.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

Crushing a Wednesday Cat on a Saturday.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

Ruben and Aaron making sure everyone is happy all day long.

Umami Mart Japan Beer Fest 2018

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.