Sake (Japanese rice wine) is available to-go and is 20% off. Valid ID must be present. 21+ years of age.

JUNMAI

(rice + water + yeast + koji)

 
 

1. MURAI TANREI                            

300ml Aomori Prefecture 2                                               
MV: +5 Acidity: 1.4 abv: 14.5%                                                              Bottle Price: $21

 

Tanrei Junmai is Murai’s classic take on Junmai style sake. Tanrei means “light” and “yellow.” This sake is elegant, crisp and dry with melon and apple aromas and subtle flavors of cantaloupe and pear. This 13-member team is trained in the theory, techniques and traditions of the renowned Nanbu Toji (a school of master brewers) that originated in the Iwate Prefecture.  

FOOD PAIRING: sushi, sashimi, yakitori, donburi


 

2. SUIGEI “DRUNKEN WHALE” (tokubetsu)

300ml Kochi Prefecture 39                                                  
SMV: +7 Acidity: 1.6 ABV:15.5%                                                          Bottle Price: $24

 

 

"Drunken Whale" is named after a warlord of this prefecture in the Edo period who loved sake and drank a lot of it. Kochi is also located off the Pacific coast which is ideal for whale watching. Notes of plum and cherry with hints of spice and minerals on the back end. Very clean and dry on the finish.    

FOOD PAIRING: baked mussels, yakitori, light rolls


 

3. HEIWA SHUZO “KID”                       

720ml Wakayama Prefecture 30

SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.3 ABV: 15.5%                                                       Bottle Price: $60

GLASS, 6 oz: $20
 

 

Heiwa Shuzo is located on the former grounds of the Muryozan Temple in Kainan City. Established shortly after WW2, Heiwa (meaning Peace) benefits from the incredibly soft waters that flow down from the famed Koyasan Temple, the holiest site in Koyasan Shingon Buddhism. The name KID or “KIDO” is an abbreviation of “Kishu no Fudo” a reference to the beautiful and abundant environment of the KII peninsula. It is also appropriate because of the young and passionate brewing staff (average age 28) who impart the sake with an invigorating, youthful energy.

FOOD PAIRING: beef teriyaki, tempura, yakitori
 

 

4. YUCHO SHUZO KAZE NO MORI

720ml Nara Prefecture 29                                                                                                           SMV: +2.5 Acidity: 1.8 ABV:16%                                                                Bottle Price: $60

 

Warning! Be careful opening this sake! “Wind of the woods.” Its natural effervescence leads to a bright, fresh and lively texture. There are notes of fresh berries and herbs. The brewery’s naturally mineral-rich hard water gives the sake weight and depth to contrast the lightness of the style.

FOOD PAIRING: oysters, sukiyaki, tempura

 

5. AKABU SHUZO                         

720ml Iwate Prefecture 3

SMV: N/A Acidity: N/A ABV: 16%                                                       Bottle Price: $70

GLASS, 6 oz: $24

 

The nose on this cult favorite sake has corn, steamed rice, persimmon, peach, sweet carrots, and citrus aromas. The brewer of this sake purposely doesn’t give out technical specs, because he simply wants you to not geek out and “just drink the sake.”

FOOD PAIRING: n/a

 

JUNMAI GINJO

TOKUBETSU

(rice + water + yeast + koji)

(rice polishing ratio = 60% or less)

 

6. TAJIMA FUKU CHITOSE(yamahai JG)                                                                                                          

720ml Fukui Prefecture 18

SMV: +10 Acidity: 1.7 ABV: 16%

Bottle Price: $65

GLASS, 6 oz: $22

“Fuku” means happiness. “Chitose” means forever. Their mascot is an owl which is loved throughout Japan as a bird that brings good luck. The Tajima brewery specializes in the “yamahai” method. The traditional yamahai method of brewing sake  takes 3x longer than modern methods but gives the sake a layered and complex flavor.  Most breweries stopped this method in the early 1900s but revived their use of it recently with specialty releases.

FOOD PAIRING: beef sukiyaki, tonkatsu, donburi

 

7. TAIYOZAKARI (tokubetsu)

720ml Niigata Prefecture 15

SMV: +5 Acidity: 1.3 ABV: 15%

Bottle Price: 65

GLASS, 6 oz: $22

Using locally grown Gohyakumangoku rice, this sake is an excellent example of Niigata style sake. Crispy and dry flavors with refreshing acidity. Works well with many foods. Taiyo Sake Brewery is located in Murakami City in the northern part of Niigata, a town well-known for salmon.

FOOD PAIRING: salmon teriyaki, salmon rolls, eel

 

8. HAKUTO “DEEP FAITH” (tokubetsu)

720ml Ishikawa  Prefecture 17

SMV: +2 Acidity 1.6 ABV: 15%

Bottle Price: $70

GLASS, 6 oz: $24

This brewery is brewed with deep faith and great passion by the husband and wife team of Kiichi and Akiko Hakuto. It is a family-run business in a remote but prized town in Japan. The town is Wajima and is famous for their “nuri” (lacquerware). On the nose, it is definitely floral with hints of winter spice. On the palate, it shows white pear, maple syrup and browned butter. It finishes with a delicate, crisp acidity.

FOOD PAIRING: yakitori, sukiyaki, donburi

 

 

9. TAIHEZAN KODAMA CHOGETSU (kimoto JG)                                              

720ml Akita Prefecture 5                                                

SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.6 abv: 15%                                                               

Bottle Price: $70  

GLASS, 6 oz: $24                                                                                                                                                          This brewery uses their own modified version of the traditional kimoto method. The nose on this very classy Junmai Ginjo is a gentle collection of honey, apple blossom, citrus and rice aromas. Rich, round and super smooth this brew has layers of creamy flavors and drinks fluffy and soft. The unique characteristics of this sake is in its rich texture and complex umami taste with a sharp finish.

FOOD PAIRING: poke salad, saba shioyaki, assorted sushi

 

10. EMISHIKI “WORLD PEACE” (JG)

720ml Shiga Prefecture 25                                                                                                                 

SMV: -7 Acidity: 1.6 ABV: 16%                                                                Bottle Price: $75

Glass, 6 oz: $25

The nose on this sake is made using a flower yeast. This results in an incredible collection of apple, mineral, blueberry, rice pudding, banana, and plum aromas. The texture is round, chewy and rich. It drinks smooth, bright and velvety. Taste wise, there are deep fruit tones. Look for pear compote, blueberry, red grape, apple juice, peach and pear flavors.

FOOD PAIRING: beef/chicken teriyaki, yakitori, sukiyaki,

 

11. HOURAISEN WA (JG)

720ml Aichi Prefecture 23

SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.2 ABV: 16%

Bottle Price: $80

GLASS, 6 oz: $27

Wa means “harmony”. In Japan there is a term called “wa-jo-ryo-shu”, which means “harmony brews good sake”. This sake starts off with soft and gentle notes of lychee and pear but finishes with a gentle rice umami to add nice balance to the sake. Houraisen grows a portion of their own rice, which is extremely rare and special in the sake world.

FOOD PAIRING: yakitori

JUNMAI DAIGINJO

(rice + water + yeast + koji)

(rice polishing ratio = 50% or less)

 

12. DASSAI 39                                                                                          

300ml Yamaguchi Prefecture 35                                          

SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.3 ABV: 16.5%                                                                Bottle Price: $30

This sake has been milled down to 39%. The nose is fruity with koji rice, apple, honeydew, and strawberry aromas. A very plush sake that is loaded with fruit basket flavors and has a very wine-like acidity presence with a long finish. Chewy, round, and soft, but bright – go figure! Hints of pear, apple, blueberry and honeydew on a fleshy fluid that is lively and velvety. At one point, this

200-year-old brewery almost went bankrupt before they re-focused all of their company resources to create the

 best “Daiginjo” grade sake.

 

13. HEIWA SHUZO “KID”

720ml Wakayama Prefecture 30

SMV: +2.0 Acidity: 1.3 ABV: 15.5%                                                       Bottle Price: $90

The nose on this special brew is a lively collection of cherries, pear, mango, and white flower blossoms. Fruity and silky this semi-chewy brew drinks plump but very clean and smooth. And therein is the “art” of this sake that has a fruit basket full of flavors that are upfront and welcoming and then disappear in a clean and balanced finish. This begs the question how can rice and water taste like so many fruit tones and then finish so clean and smooth? Your mouth is exploring huge pear, melon, apple, and honey flavors and then whoosh they are gone with a whisper.

 

 

 

 

14. DASSAI SHINSEI 23                                                                                           

300ml Yamaguchi Prefecture 35                                        

SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.1 ABV: 16%                                                                Bottle Price: $150 (no discounts)   

 

Say hello to one of the most polished sakes in Japan. This sake has been milled to 23% and is in a class of its own. Dassai made headlines in 2014, when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented a bottle of Dassai 23 to US President Barack Obama during the latter’s visit to Tokyo. Renowned chef Joël Robuchon also once dubbed that very blend as “the best sake in the world”.

 

For all human history, fermented foods have considered to be healthy. The reason is that microorganisms and substances produced while the fermentation process occurs, produce a variety of benefits for the body. Shinsei Dassai was born by harnessing Dassai’s fermentation power.

Dassai’s sake making is the pursuit of great taste, and this ideal is intrinsically combined with another: to provide a unique experience, a happy time for people who would enjoy it. 

NIGORI (coarse filtered)

*nigori = please shake before drinking

 

15. Kiku-Masamune Kinushiro (nigori)

500ml Hyogo Prefecture 28                                                           

SMV: -40 Acidity: 1.2 ABV: 10%                                                                Bottle Price: $30

Kinushiro means “white silk”. Silky smooth and smartly chic in a chic frosted glass bottle, Kinushiro is a Junmai grade nigori sake with a clean and refreshing aftertaste and a full but elegant character. Notes of vanilla yogurt and banana. Silky smooth.

Food Pairings: beef sukiyaki, desserts

 

16. Nakao Joto The Blue One

300ml Hiroshima Prefecture 34                                          

SMV: -3 Acidity: N/A ABV: 15%

Bottle Price: $24

Joto Nigori is brewed by Nakao Brewery which was founded in 1871. It is now managed by the 6th generation of the family. It has a dry, earthy texture that is balanced with milky, coconutty, fruit notes.

Food Pairings: spicy foods, sukiyaki, udon  

 

17. DASSAI 45 Nigori                                                                                         

300ml Yamaguchi Prefecture 35                                          

SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.4 ABV: 16%                                                                Bottle Price: $22  

Junmai Daiginjo-level nigori. A tasty nigori that is so flavorful and feels so good on the palate. The nose is made up of rose water, cream, apple, and melon aromas. Fruity, light, buoyant, bouncy, and soft this sake drinks like it is floating. There is no sweet rush of flavor like other nigoris, rather it is soft, airy, and feels like it swooshes through the palate. Look for hints of fruit tones like cherries, pears, apples, grapes, and a touch of light whipping cream. Elegant, special, high-end and delicious.

 

 

 

 

TARU (cedar)

*can be served HOT or cold

 

WE CAN HEAT IT UP FOR YOU UPON REQUEST!

 

18. KIKU-MASAMUNE

750ml Hyogo Prefecture 28                                                           

SMV: +5 Acidity: 1.7 ABV: 15%             

Bottle Price: $50                                     

Authentically-brewed junmai sake is sealed into new casks of yoshino cedar. This sake is made by a staff of only 6 people! We invite you to experience the invigorating cedar aroma and soft, silky cedar, vanilla, and honey notes. We also recommend it warm in a cedar/masu cup! 

FOOD PAIRING: chicken teriyaki, unagi, tonkatsu, beef sukiyaki

 

 

Traditional Glasses Available!

MASU  CUPS = $10

*Originally, masu cups were small square

 wooden boxes used to measure rice portions in Japan during the

feudal period. The wooden masu cup is said to complement traditionally brewed sake, since it’s brewed in wooden casks. They also carry a woody, clean scent as an added touch and can be used as a container for a short glass or by itself as a cup.

 

*Go to our instagram page (Sapporohayward) to see how to cook hot sake at home with step-by-step pictures and descriptions!

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19. SHIBATA BLACK YUZU                                                 

Light and soft yuzushu

200ml Aichi Prefecture 23

SMV: +2 abv: 8%                                                                

Bottle Price: $21

The yuzu fruit used in this sake from Shibata’s local farm is all organic. Shibata Black Yuzu is made with a Junmai sake base using Ginpu rice from Hokkadi and Kanzui (God’s Water) water which is particularly soft (water hardness = 0.2). The yuzu is squeezed with the skin left on, thereby allowing for the juice to not be too sweet with an added touch of tartness. Each individual yuzu fruit yields only about 20ml of juice.

 

20. KINOENE YUAGARI YUZU                                          

Refreshing and juicy yuzushu

720ml Chiba Prefecture 14                                                                                          

ABV: 9%

Bottle Price: $60

Glass, 6 oz: $20

Refreshing and vibrant blend of Junmai Ginjo sake and Yuzu juice. Fresh whole yuzu fruit was squeezed into this sake with a total juice content of 21%. This brewery has been making sake in Chiba prefecture for 300 years, combining tradition and art with technology.

21. IPPONGI GINKOBAI HANNYA TOU                                 

Umeshu infused with red pepper                                              

180ml Fukui Prefecture 3 ABV: 12.5%             

Bottle Price: $17                        

The Japanese folktale "Hannya" is a devil formed by agony, resentment and envy. A myth of a young innocent beautiful woman betrayed by her husband. She tolerated his infidelity over and over. Her anger finally took over her and transformed her into a dreadful cold-blooded devil. This version of Ginko-bai by Ippongi brewery has a sweetness that is met with a distinct spiciness from hot pepper. As the sweetness softens the spiciness lingers.

 

22. KAGATSURU UME PLUM SAKE

Tart and sweet umeshu

720ml Ishikawa Prefecture 17

ABV: 11%

Bottle Price: $70

Glass, 6 oz: $24

With well over 400 years of sake making experience, and the use of locally farmed plums, we now have this Umesh, which offers a great balance of refreshing flavor, sourness from local plum and umami from Kagatsuru sake. Unlike most Umeshu, which tends to be sweet and heavy, Kagatsuru is bright and tart with a touch of saltiness.

 

23. EIKOH KURAMOTO NO NIGORI-UMESHU                                        

Rich, thick and pulpy umeshu

750ml Ehime Prefecture 38                                                                                        

RICE SHOCHU ABV: 12%

Bottle Price: $75

Glass, 6 oz: $25

This rice-Shochu based plum liquor contains fine pieces of succulent nakoume pulp, giving the beverage a cloudy appearance and more viscous, full-bodied texture. This umeshu is rich and preserves its tangy taste with a very thick texture and sweet aroma.

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