FAQ About Den Sake

Please see below for answers to commonly asked questions.

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I live outside of California. Where can I find Den Sake?

We are a small brewery and do not use any distributors. If you would like to purchase Den Sake out of the state of California, please contact either Umami Mart in Oakland ( or True Sake in San Francisco ( as they will ship the sake to several states nationwide.

I live in California. Where can I find Den Sake?

Please see our website homepage for retail shops that sell Den sake. You may also purchase it online through our website and choose local curbside pickup if you live or will be in the area, or free local delivery with minimum purchase. If you live outside of our delivery zone or don’t wish to purchase the minimum to qualify for free delivery, you may choose our flat rate delivery for $18 anywhere in California. Please see website for cutoffs for ordering and other information.

If I chose flat rate delivery when will my order arrive?

Our cutoff for delivery orders is Tuesday by 6pm PST for delivery the same week on Thursday. As the flat rate deliveries are through a 3rd party (GLS), we have no control over timing of the delivery. Please plan to be home as California law requires someone 21 years of age or older to sign for the alcohol. They won’t be able to leave it at your doorstep. Once your package has left their facility, you will be contacted by email with a tracking number.

If I wish to purchase a large 1.8L bottle, can I get this shipped?

Unfortunately, because of the large size, we do not ship the large bottles. These are only available for purchase through curbside pickup or free local delivery.

How should I store the sake?

The nama (unpasteurized) must be stored refrigerated. We also recommend storing the pasteurized in the refrigerator if possible, but if not, then in a cool, dark place. Both must be kept refrigerated once opened.

How long does the sake last?
  • The nama is meant to be consumed within 4-6 months after the press date, and once opened should be consumed within a few weeks.
  • The pasteurized should be consumed within 18 months of pressing.
  • For more information on shelf life and the differences between nama & pasteurized, please see the link “What’s the difference between “nama” (unpasteurized) and pasteurized?” below.
Do I need special sake cups or glasses to drink sake?

No! In fact, we suggest drinking Den in a variety of different vessels to see how the flavor changes. We often drink Den in a white wine glass, so all the wonderful aromas can be enjoyed. A ceramic ochoko (shallow sake cup) is also great, as are glass ochokos or any other small glass.

What kind of food pairs well with Den?

Please see our “pairing suggestions” tab at the bottom of each product’s page for some of our favorites! We strongly encourage you to try sake with a variety of different foods and cuisines, not just sushi or Asian cuisine. You will be surprised at how well it pairs effortlessly with a wide range of flavors and textures.

Can I visit the brewery and take a tour?

Unfortunately, due to our small size and small staff, we are not able to accommodate brewery tours at this time. If you are a restaurant interested in adding Den to your menu and would like to visit for a tasting, please contact us to set up an appointment.

Any questions, please email us at

What’s the difference between
“nama” (unpasteurized) and pasteurized?


Nama (unpasteurized) sake means the sake is pressed and bottled without any pasteurization.  The result is a sake with refreshing, vibrant, emphatic flavors. The flavor profile will gradually change as time passes.

Generally, nama sakes are meant to be consumed within a few months after pressing. They must constantly be refrigerated because the enzymes in the sake are still active. If not refrigerated, the sake will not rot nor go bad, but some undesirable flavors may develop. However, some people actually enjoy this change in flavor!

We generally recommend consuming within 4-6 months after being pressed, and once opened it’s best to consume within a few weeks for optimal flavor. We recommend drinking this sake chilled. 

Most nama sakes from Japan have been in transit for several weeks to make it to the US, so by the time the consumer enjoys it, it’s possible that several months have passed since pressing. This is why Den’s nama sake is so special! 

Our customers are able to enjoy this delicious fresh sake as it was meant to be enjoyed- soon after pressing.


 Den pasteurized sake is bottled after pressing and pasteurized just once in the bottle.  Many sakes from Japan are pasteurized twice. The reason why Den is only pasteurized once is to allow consumers to enjoy the freshness, bold flavor and delicate aroma of the sake.  The flavor profile of the pasteurized sake will be slightly more slender, with a cleaner finish and it will mature beautifully over time without developing undesirable flavors.

We also recommend storing the pasteurized in the refrigerator if possible, but it is also fine to store it
somewhere cool and dark, away from direct heat & sunlight.

Pasteurized sake pairs beautifully with a variety of foods and can be enjoyed chilled, at room temperature or even warmed up a bit (“hito hada-kan” or body temperature) .

We recommend consuming the pasteurized within
18 months after being pressed. Once opened, it should be refrigerated and should keep for
several weeks.


For Curbside Pickup
  • Shop below and be sure to choose the “Pickup” option in the checkout
  • Place your order by Friday, 6pm for pickup on Sunday.
  • Your order will be ready for contactless curbside pickup on Sunday.  Our pickup hour will be from 11AM-NOON.
  • Pick up location is 2220 Union St., Oakland, CA (please note that this address differs from the brewery).
  • Someone 21 or older with a government-issued ID MUST be present for the pickup.
For Residential Delivery
  • Our delivery area is SF, Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito & Richmond.
  • Shop below and be sure to choose the “Free Delivery” option in the checkout
  • Cutoff for residential delivery orders is Tuesday by 6:00pm (PST) for delivery on Thursday.
  • Deliveries will be on Thursdays for orders over $87 
  • An $18 delivery fee will be applied for orders under $87
  • Someone 21 or older with a government-issued ID MUST be present to accept the delivery.
Flat Rate Shipping within California
  • For shipping within the state of California, please choose “shipping” at checkout. 
  • A flat delivery fee of $18 will apply to all shipped orders.
  • Cut off for orders will be Tuesday by 6pm (PST) for delivery the same week on Thursday. Currently we only ship once a week.
  • The large 1.8L size is not available for shipping at this time.
  • We currently DO NOT ship outside the state of California or out of the US
  • Someone 21 or older with a government-issued ID MUST be present to accept the delivery.

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.)