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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!

Pressed on March 10, just in time for NamaFest, Yoshi and Lani hit it out of the park again with their flagship nama junmai. This spring nama has notes of pear, and green apple. A crisp finish due to its heightened acidity makes it a no-brainer to pair with yakitori, grilled vegetables, and pizza.

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!

Note: We can ship this sake, but due to the nature of shipping, please note that fluctuations in temperature can affect the freshness of the drink, and we will always recommend picking up locally when possible. Please proceed with shipping at your own risk.

Features: 

  • Brewed in Oakland, California by Den Sake Brewery
  • Junmai nama nama
  • Seimaibuai (rice kernel remaining): Calihikari 70%, SMV: -1.3, Acidity: 1.97, Yeast: 901
  • ABV 15%
  • 17 fl oz (500ml)

 

Please note: We can not deliver alcoholic products to ND, SD, NH, UT, MI, MS, KY, AK.