Den Sake Brewery
Made in Oakland, California
DEN SAKE BREWERY
Our concept is to brew sake that goes well with food. Den’s pleasant acidity makes it the perfect pairing partner for a variety of different cuisines.
We use a single origin rice and prominently display the farmer’s name on our label. We want people to know where our ingredients are sourced from.
Using traditional brewing methods with a modern philosophy, each batch is thoughtfully hand crafted.
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
Den Sake Brewery was established in February 2017 by Yoshihiro Sako. Sako is the head brewer (toji) and co-founder. He started his career working in the restaurant industry in San Francisco in 2004. He began as a wine and sake buyer for several restaurants, then later became a sake sommelier at Yuzuki Japanese Eatery in San Francisco. During his time as a sommelier, Sako also taught classes about sake for several years.
Before starting Den Sake, Sako apprenticed at several breweries in Japan to learn the craft of sake making.
Den’s philosophy is to make sake with a bright, refreshing acidity that can be enjoyed with Californian cuisine.
2019 & 2020 James Beard Award Semi-Finalist
Den Sake Brewery was honored to be on the
James Beard Awards semifinalist list.
Rave Reviews for Den Sake
Den Sake Brewery has been profiled in Sake Today, San Francisco Magazine, SF Eater, and the Los Angeles Times
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 .