Den Sake Brewery

Made in Oakland, California

Available for “curbside pick-up” at our brewery,
regional delivery, and flat-rate shipping within California


Welcome to
Den Sake Brewery

Den Sake Brewery is the first sake brewery in Oakland, CA.

We brew handcrafted, small-batch sake from Cal-Hikari rice grown in the Sacramento Valley.  Our delicately aromatic sake pairs exceptionally well with all types of California cuisine as well as many types of Asian cuisine.

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Den Blanc

Den Blanc

Limited production. Only 50 cases produced.

Den Blanc is a new expression of sake made using white koji to create a pleasant citrus-like sourness together with gentle umami flavors.

White koji is commonly used for shochu making and naturally produces a higher amount of citric acid.

Due to this natural high acid production, the shubo (yeast starter) is made without adding any lactic acid.

Just like our original flagship Den, we use Calhikari rice grown by Rue & Forsman Ranch.

Tasting Notes

Flower petal, summer vegetable and plum aroma fades into flavors tinged with mint, lemon peel and pine nuts. Expansive acidity on palate with a clean finish.


den sake brewery on pbs

We were profiled on PBS’ Tastemakers:
Season 2, Episode 5

About Den Sake Brewery

Den Sake Brewery was established in February 2017 by Yoshihiro Sako. Sako is the head brewer (toji) and  co-founder.  Before starting Den Sake, he apprenticed at several breweries in Japan to learn the craft of sake making.

Sako brews his small-batch sake using traditional Japanese brewing methods with a single origin rice grown by Rue & Forsman ranch in the Sacramento Valley.  We have a close working relationship with these farmers and know where each batch of rice originated from and when it was harvested.

Den Sake strives to brew sake with a focus on flavors that naturally compliment local California cuisine as well as Japanese and Asian food.

Rue & Forsman Ranch, Inc, located in the Sacramento Valley, was formed in 1946 and has been farming rice organically since 1997. Today, they have 271 acres certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) certification agency.

Den Sake Brewery proudly single-sources the Cal-Hikari rice used for the making of our sake from Rue & Forsman Ranch .

2019 & 2020 James Beard
Award Semi-Finalist

Den Sake Brewery was honored to be on the
James Beard Awards semifinalist list.

Small-Batch Sake

Proudly made in Oakland, California

Rave Reviews for Den Sake

Den Sake Brewery has been profiled in Sake Today, San Francisco Magazine, SF Eater, and the Los Angeles Times

Where to Buy

In San Francisco

In the East Bay

Den Sake Brewery


Den Sake Brewery
2311 Magnolia St.
Oakland, CA 94607

(Sorry....We are not able to offer tours
of the brewery at this time.)