Saké Nomi logo Nomidachi News • Vol. 1 • September 7, 2007
Saké Happenings:

>Saké 101, Session II: Sept. 13
>Special Saké from Japan: Masumi Event on Sept. 18

>"Triple S" Night: Saké, Sushi & Sumo on Sept. 29
>Saké Nomi & Our Nomidachi

Dear Nomidachi (more on this term later):

Greetings from Saké Nomi!  We hope you have enjoyed a pleasant, saké-filled summer.  We were tremendously busy getting the place open, but we knew all the hard work was worth it when we saw how much people enjoy spending time at our shop, learning about and drinking delicious premium saké.

It's late as hell, but thanks so very much for helping us get off to a terrific start at the Grand Opening back on July 21.  It was overwhelming -- but in a good way!  A giant arigato as well goes to Kiuchi Shuzo for their generous gift of the cedar cask and its delicious contents!

A quick note to update our  hours of operation:  We are now open Tues.- Sun. @ Noon- 7:00 p.m.  Closed Mondays.

Thank you again for your positive feedback and support thus far.  We are loving what we are doing, and we are grateful to you all for helping us bring this dream to fruition.


Johnnie & Taiko

Saké 101: Sept. 13 @ 7:00 p.m. Session Filled,
But More to Follow!

A quick reminder to let you know that the date of our second session of Saké 101 is set to take place Thurs., Sept. 13 @ 7 p.m.

Thanks to the enthusiastic response, we managed to fill both introductory sessions very quickly.  If you weren't able to join us this time around and are still interested in attending, please let us know.  We plan on holding this "beginner's" class periodically throughout the year, and we will make announcements when the schedule is confirmed (Next sessions tentatively set for Oct. 11 & 25).

Masumi Event: Sept. 18 @ 4- 8 p.m.

Tasting of  Special Saké from Japan

Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 18 for a special open house-style tasting event with Mr. Keith Norum from Nagano's Miyasaka Brewing Co.

Miyasaka Brewing Co. produces Masumi "Mirror of Truth," a Saké Nomi favorite we featured on our very first glass pour menu.  At the Sept. 18 event, we will also be featuring Sanka, "Mountain Flowers," an exquisite junmai daiginjo soon to be available from Saké Nomi's shelves.

Keith is the head of Miyasaka Brewing's Overseas Operations, so in addition to pouring some of his brewery's special saké not yet available in the U.S., Keith will be able to share his insights regarding developments in the Japanese saké industry and saké-related trends in other parts of the world.

S3 Night: Saké, Sushi & Sumo! 
Sept. 29 (Sat.) @ 6:30- 9:00 p.m.

The first ever -- don't miss it!!

Who's up for a night of fermented rice, uncooked fish, and semi-naked fat men grappling? 

So, maybe it's nothing out of the ordinary for you, but we're pleased to announce the premiere edition of "Triple S (S3) Night" at Saké Nomi!  Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 29, we'll be watching videos of the recent Nagoya basho over assorted sushi (catered by J Sushi) and some premium saké.

The cost is $50/person and includes assorted sushi (tuna, yellowtail, shrimp, salmon, and california rolls), two 4 oz. pours of premium saké (your choice from 4 selections), hours of sumo action, and drawings to win a genuine sumo bantsuke (a highly stylized calligraphic roster of wrestlers), as well as other Saké Nomi goods.  During this event, additional glass pours from the specially selected menu will be available for the bargain price of $5 each and, of course, the Northwest's most diverse selection of premium Japanese saké will be available for retail purchase.

Space is very limited for this event (15 people), and IT WILL SELL OUT!  Please contact us at 206-467-SAKE or [email protected] by Sept. 15 to make your reservation.

Saké Nomi?  What's up with the name?

A quick lesson in Japanese slang

People ask us about our name, Saké Nomi (sa-kay noh-mee), all the time.

Saké means, of course, that rice-based fernented beverage so near and dear to our hearts.

Nomi, on the other hand, can mean a couple different things. One meaning it carries is "only."  Here at Saké Nomi, that's all we do:  only saké, all the time.  We're trying to keep it simple.

Nomi also comes from the verb nomu, meaning "to drink."  In Japan (where saké can mean any alcoholic beverage), when you call someone a saké nomi, you're saying they're fond of their liquor.  A drunk, in other words.  Here at Saké Nomi, we prefer to refer to these folks as "drinking enthusiasts," and we hope that Saké Nomi is becoming a place where saké drinking enthusiasts feel comfortable exploring and sharing their passion for this wonderfully complex beverage.

We call these like-minded saké fans our nomidachi (by putting nomi together with tomodachi, "friend.").  Any friend of saké is a friend of ours!

We hope you can visit Saké Nomi soon and make some new nomidachi!

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