We're super excited to announce our Sixth Annual Japan Beer Fest with The Trappist! Are you all ready for this?!
This year, we're celebrating sansho, a tingling Japanese pepper featured in several drinks and ingredients from Japan (that we carry at Umami Mart). Sansho are tiny pods that grow on small trees or bushes – there is a citrusy zest at first, but use sparingly or else your tongue will go numb! In Japan, you'll most commonly see sansho sprinkled over grilled eel dishes or yakitori.
The star of this year's Japan Beer Fest will be the very special Ruben's Sansho Saison, a collaboration with Oakland's own Old Kan Beer & Co. and The Trappist. They used cascade and centennial hops to accentuate the zesty, citrusy nature of the sansho, finishing with sansho in whirlpool, and using a Belgian Saison yeast for fermentation.
As always, we will serve over 25+ Japanese craft beers including Hitachino, Baird Brewing, and Coedo Brewery on tap! Plus, Trappist is making a Beer Slushie yet again this year! What is a Beer Slushie, you ask? Essentially, it’s a frozen “head” of foam that floats atop the beer, like a soft serve topper. The slushie will be made with Hitachino Yuzu Lager.
Oakland’s favorite punk rock restaurant, Aburaya serving Fried Chicken Sandwiches with sansho guacamole, BBQ sauce, and hotsauce!
And don't miss a special sweet treat of Sansho Cookies by Oakland's Gold Bakery!
Although the festivities will take place at the Trappist, Umami Mart will be open during Japan Beer Fest, so you can shop during the event. See you there!
WHAT: Sixth Annual Japan Beer Fest with The Trappist
Ruben's Sansho Saison by Old Kan x Trappist
Hitachino Yuzu Lager Beer Slushie and 25+ craft brews from Japan!
Fried Chicken Sandwich with sansho BBQ sauce and hotsauce
WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 12-4pm
WHERE: The Trappist
460 8th Street, Old Oakland, CA
BART: 12th Street/ Oakland City Center
FULL TAP LIST
Hitachino Red Rice
Hitachino Dai Dai
HItachino Classic Pale
Hitachino Anbai Gose
Hitachino Yuzu Lager
Baird Wheat Wine
Baird Shujenzi Hop Garden Blond
Baird Rising Sun
Baird Shizouka Natsumikan
Baird Wabi Sabi
Baird Suruga Bay
Baird Yamagata Wet Hop
Baird Shuzenji Heritage Helles
Baird Shimaguni Stout
Baird Brewer’s Nightmare Rye IPA
Hitachino Nest Dai Dai Indigenous Ale
Hitachino Nest XH Shochu Cask Aged
Hitachino Nest Ginger Brew
Yoho Wednesday White Cat
Yoho Tokyo Black Porter
Yoho Aoni IPA
Yoho Umami IPA with Bonito Flakes
Yona Yona Pale Ale