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, this sake is bold and lively, full of juicy melon and a peppery finish. Because this is a nama-nama (unpasteurized sake), this sake is only available for in store pick up (zip codes within 20 miles of our store).
Brewmaster Yoshihiro 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.
Although locally Den has become popular for its nama-nama (unpasteurized) sakes, this pasteurized junmai is just as delicious. Sako says that, "right after the bottle pasteurization is done, the sake becomes smoother and the finish becomes cleaner. Then it will mature beautifully over time by gaining roundness and savoriness."
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!
- Nama-nama (no pasteurization)
- Seimaibuai: 70%
- Brewed in Oakland, California
- 17 fl oz (500ml)
- 14% ALC/VOL