June 27, 2016

Event Recap: Sakqueso!

by Kayoko Akabori

Sakqueso!, just as the name suggests, was an event we put on pairing cheese with sake. It was loads of FUN! We invited Keisuke Akabori to create a five-course menu and Tim Sullivan of Hakkaisan Brewery to come and pair the dishes with their sakes. Sake and cheese pair very well, wouldn’t you know, since […]

June 2, 2016

Upcoming Event: Sakqueso! An Evening with Hakkaisan Brewery + Casa de Kei

by Kayoko Akabori

Get ready for SAKQUESO!, our first dinner event with Timothy Sullivan of Hakkaisan Brewery and Casa de Kei (Keisuke Akabori) of Delage. Join us for a special meal paired with Hakkaisan Sake from Niigata, Japan, at Sequoia Diner in East Oakland on Friday June 17. We will be serving a 5-course tasting menu highlighting CHEESE! Timothy will be […]

February 15, 2016

Sake Gumi News: Niigata Festa! (Feb 2016)

by Yoko Kumano

February sakes ship today for Sake Gumi, our monthly sake subscription club. If you like what’s on deck here, you should probably join! Every winter, we take a trip to Niigata Pref. where sake and rice are king. Coincidentally, it is also where we source our barware and copper kitchenware items. After the end of […]

September 7, 2015

Event Recap: Hakkaisan Brewery Sake Tasting @ Alchemy Bottle Shop

by Yoko Kumano

Umami Mart has two connections to Hakkaisan. It was the first sake brewery that Kayoko and I visited in Japan back in 2011 when we went with a group of chefs and artists from the Bay Area as part of a collective called Open Harvest. You can read about our brewery visit here. And then […]

July 23, 2015

Upcoming Event: Hakkaisan Brewery Sake Tasting @ Alchemy Bottle Shop

by Kayoko Akabori

It’s been a crazy sake week here at Umami Mart — first we launched the Sake Gumi, and now, we’re happy to announce a special tasting event with renowned Hakkaisan Brewery! We will be hosting an evening with Timothy Sullivan, founder of Urban Sake and Brand Ambassador of Hakkaisan Brewery. I have known Timothy since my NYC days — […]

April 23, 2015

Yukimuro Snow Refrigerator at Hakkaisan Brewery (Niigata)

by Kayoko Akabori

In 2011, we visited Hakkaisan, a sake brewery in Niigata. As one of the most well-known breweries in Japan, it was a wonderful experience to walk through the vast facilities, hosted by the production master, Mr. Nagumo. You can read about our visit here. Yoko and I never thought we would visit this part of Japan again, […]