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Den Sake Brewery is the first sake brewery in Oakland, California.
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.
Our original flagship ‘Den’ is brewed using a single origin rice varietal called Calhikari which is grown by Rue & Forsman Ranch (www.rueandforsmanranch.com) in the Sacramento Valley. Our goal was to make a sake with higher acidity which would pair beautifully with California cuisine. The higher acidity is created by tweaking the temperature of the mash during the fermentation process.
Low temperature fermentation results in a sake with a subtle, elegant, fruity aroma.
Each batch is slightly different. However, the core characteristics are always similar since we use the same ingredients (yeast, koji, rice and water) with every batch.