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, so we receive the freshest brew possible. We are proud to carry our hometown sake!
Batch 18 is the perfect summer sake release with notes of bright grapes, pear, and berries. A crisp finish due to its heightened acidity, go ahead and pair this release with BBQ, and grilled corn.
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!