Den's expression departs from their signature Sacramento Calhikari to bring in the king of sake rice, Yamada Nishiki. They acquired this famed rice variety from LaGrande Family farm, and the difference is wild! Notes of clove, banana and cotton candy on the nose, with notes of ripe honeydew melon and lychee on the palate.
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.
Nominated for a James Beard Award in its first and second year, Den Sake Brewery is just around the corner from us in Oakland, so we get the freshest batches delivered to our door. We are proud to carry our hometown sake. Read about our visit to Den Sake Brewery on our blog!
- Brewed in Oakland, California by Den Sake Brewery
- Junmai ginjo nama
- Seimaibuai (rice kernel remaining): Yamada Nishiki 60%
- ABV 16.7%
- 17 fl oz (500ml)