Nominated for a James Beard Award in its first year and second year, Den Sake Brewery is just around the corner from us in Oakland, and we are proud to carry our hometown sake.
Completely unpasteurized, Brewmaster Yoshihiro Sako says this batch has, "an inviting aroma of orange blossom, nectarine, celery and spearmint, with a hint of underlying caramel. On the palate it shows pleasant bitterness of dark green that brightens, with acidity-led and mouth-watering tail on the finish."
We also noticed an effervescent, summery freshness with a lush wild-cherry aroma.
Sako's attention to detail and skilled use of koji and yeast yields sakes that can be enjoyed cup after cup, balancing fresh fruitiness, acidity, and umami – all with a clean crisp ending.
The seed for the idea to start Den Sake Brewery in Oakland, CA was planted in 2015, when Yoshi Sako started to theorize on how he could make sake himself. A bartender and accomplished sake sommelier for years, Sako stated that, "[... in order] to complete my desire to know more about sake, I knew I had to get fully into it – that meant brewing it, not just drinking it."
Even with all the limitations he faces as a brewer in the United States, Sako's sake exhibits the delicate and refined qualities that you would find in a Japanese sake. His attention to detail and skilled use of koji and yeast yields sakes that can be enjoyed cup after cup, balancing fresh fruitiness, acidity, and umami – all with a clean crisp ending.
Read about our visit to Den Sake Brewery on our blog!
- Brewed in Oakland, California by Den Sake Brewery
- Junmai Nama-nama
- Seimaibuai (rice kernel remaining): Calihikari 70%
- ABV: 16.7%
- 17 fl oz (500ml)