Nomidachi News Archive

February 2015

February 27
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This is just a quick note at the close of the month (?!!) to let you know about a couple sake we are featuring during some special tastings this weekend.

Ibaraki Sake Tasting
Friday, Feb. 27 @ 5- 8 pm
Saturday, Feb. 28 @ 2-5
One of our goals in opening Sak� Nomi was to promote premium sake from Taiko's home region of Ibaraki prefecture.

This weekend, we are excited to introduce a new sake, and re-introduce a classic that's recently been hard to come by.

Ippin Junmai from Yoshikubo Brewing Co. is a genshu (undiluted, 18-19% alcohol) that is surprisingly soft and gentle for that style.  Dry-ish, but with an element of sweetness, it is fairly masculine and "no nonsense," and gives one the impression of having some meat on its bones.  A bronze medal winner at the 2012 London Sake Challenge Ippin comes from a brewery that was established in 1790 (NOT a typo), burned down in 1945, and was once again revived in 1949.

Kikuzakari Taruzake (from the brewers of the popular Hitachino Nest "Owl" line of beers) is one of our favorite expressions of the traditional cedar barrel-aged style.

Though sake is no longer brewed in cedar barrels (taru) at most Kikusakari Taru breweries, some still age sake in the barrels to impart wood flavoring to the sake, and the result is called taruzake.  It's kind of a nostalgic, "old school" flavor, and this time of year seems like a good time to rediscover this simple sake pleasure.

We hope you'll have a chance to stop by and taste some of the flavors from Ibaraki.


Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie and Taiko

February 19
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We're kind of getting back to basics this weekend, concentrating on a couple things near and dear to our hearts: good movies and great sake!

Sak� Nomi Cinema: The Big Lebowski
Saturday, Feb. 21 @ 8 pm
"You're a Lebowski, I'm a Lebowski, that's terrific . . ."

It just feels like it's that time of year again.

Sak� Nomi Cinema: A Scene at the Sea
("That Summer, The Calmest Ocean")
Sunday, Feb. 22 @ 4 pm

We hope you can join us this Sunday for a  special matinee presentation of director Beat Takeshi's third film.  A departure from his violent yakuza movies, A Scene at the Sea is a quiet, charming, and funny film that holds a special place in Johnnie's heart, because it was probably the first film he saw in Japan that he could follow without English subtitles.  If you're a beginning/intermediate student of Japanese language or an admirer of Takeshi's work, you won't want to miss it.

This Week's Menu
Per usual, the lineup this week is solid, but a couple selections stand out:

Kuro Kabuto (Black Samurai Helmet) is a junmai daiginjo brewed with black koji that is normally used in the production of Japan's indigenous distilled beverage, shochu.  Unfiltered (as in non-charcoal filtered), Kuro Kabuto is dark in color and rich and earthy on the palate.  Beguiling and delightful.

Hakkaisan Shiboritate Genshu (Honjozo)  

Clean, mild sea breeze aroma. Soft and clean flavors on the palate, with a hint of creaminess. Very faint sweetness is present, but tending toward dry in the finish, making this unpasteurized and undiluted beauty fresh and full, without the fruit.

 'Hope to see you soon!

Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie and Taiko

February 6
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Thanks for indulging us during our recent multi-day break!

We're back in action now, and in addition to the delicious selections on the new glass pour menu, tomorrow we are glad to be hosting a very special event.

"Pop-Up" Sake Tasting with Joto Sake
Saturday, Feb. 7 @ 4- 8 pm
Tomorrow, beginning around 4 pm, we will be conducting a special tasting of some wonderful brews from New York-based premium sake import pioneer, Joto Sake.

One of Joto's representatives will be on hand to talk about their sake and answer any questions you might have.

The tasting fee is $5/person, though with any glass, sake flight, or bottle purchase from the shop the tasting becomes complimentary.

We realize this is short notice, but we hope you'll have a chance to stop by and experience the amazing flavors and nuances of this select portion of some of our favorite sake from the Joto Sake portfolio.


Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie and Taiko

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