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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

Featuring 25+ craft brews from Japan, Beer Slushie, Fried Chicken Sandwiches and sansho dishes by Aburaya, and Sansho Cookies by Gold Bakery. Part of San Francisco Beer Week.

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

Sansho Cookies

WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 12-4pm

WHEREThe Trappist
460 8th Street, Old Oakland, CA
BART: 12th Street/ Oakland City Center


Hitachino Red Rice

Hitachino Dai Dai

Hitachino Commemorative

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