Since eight is not usually considered a "monumental" number (though you gotta admit, it does have some nice symmetry going for it) we're keeping the celebration kind of low-key.
This week's glass pour menu includes a nearly "greatest hits" list of Sak? Nomi favorites, including the "celebration sake," Kaiun ("Better Fortune") and the coquettishly provocative Kudoki Jozu ("Great Seducer").
On anniversaries past, we've often served sake out of a miniature sake cask. This year, we're serving what we think might be the most balanced, delicious taruzake (cedar barrel-aged sake), Choryo Yoshinosugi no Taruzake.
To commemorate and celebrate No. 8 (they ALL feel monumental, who are we kidding?), this Saturday & Sunday, June 27-28, from 2- 5 pm, we'll be offering all the above mentioned selections for $8/glass.
We're also glad to offer an 8% discount on any retail purchase of two or more bottles of sake (any size, any brand, any grade).
We couldn't have made it this far without our faithful supporters and nomidachi, and we are immensely thankful for your encouragement and friendship through the years.
We hope you'll have a chance to stop in soon to celebrate with us!
Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
This week, we'll be operating on a slightly revised schedule, but we hope you'll be able to swing by and sample some of the tasty treats we're featuring. Many of the brews we're highlighting are especially well suited to "warm weather drinking," which is nice.
Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
This Week's Schedule
Tuesday, June 16: New Week, New Menu
We're excited to feature our first fully "themed" menu. Though the recurring theme on all our menus is deliciousness, this week we're featuring six outstanding sake, all brewed using Omachi rice, the first varietal designated as "sake rice."
Omachi is often referred to as maboroshi, meaning "phantasmic" or "mystical," having to do with the difficulties involved in cultivating it and the superlative saké it can produce.
Wednesday, June 17: Wii Wednesday
Yes, it's still very much a "thing," and with the U.S. Open Golf Championship being played in our backyard this week, Wii Golf is probably gonna happen.
Thursday, June 18: Sake Tasting @ 5-8 pmTaste and compare 6 sake from all the premium grades brewed with Omachi rice for $5. This tasting fee will be waived with any purchase from the shop.
Friday, June 19: CLOSED
Johnnie will be providing color commentary with a local flair for a prestigious Japanese television network broadcasting from the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Um, no, but you might see him in the background if you tune in to the telecast. He's been told of late the white beard makes him look "distinguished," so just look for the distinguished white-bearded gentleman NOT wearing the traditional tenugui sake bandana.
Saturday, June 20: Open for Business and Pouring the Good Stuff All Damn Day!
Sunday, June 21: CLOSED for Father's Day
Congrats and thanks to all the dads, especially those that appreciate good sake. As is the Stroud family tradition, we'll be attending Jasmine's ballet recital. We're super excited to see Jazzy's featured spot in this year's production of "Snow White." All the same, it's breaking Johnnie's heart to see how quickly his little babies have grown.
Hey There, Nomidachi!
Event-wise, we're pretty excited to be celebrating our 8th anniversary on June 27, so please mark your calendar and stay tuned for what's in store.
As always, thanks for reading and keeping in touch, and we
hope to see you soon.
Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
"Drink 'em, if you've got 'em!"
According to our distributors, their supply of the super popular seasonal delights Masumi Arabashiri and Seikyo Omachi are dwindling down, but there are still a few cases available for us to access.
As such, we'll continue to feature them by the glass and sell them by the bottle until they run dry. I think the expression from a bygone era was "Smoke 'em if you've got 'em," and we're revising that to something along the lines of "Pour 'em if you've got 'em."
Along with the savory selections on our weekly menu (and it is stellar), this Friday- Sunday, we'll be pouring these two beauties, as well as featuring them in a special "all-nama" flight. In the opinion of many, the sake in this flight are the 3 of the best brews currently available in Washington. (We'll keep the third one a secret, for now.)
Should you need a reminder about flavor profiles, our notes go something like this:
Seikyo Omachi Namazake Tokubetsu Junmai
Soft & citrusy, with a luxurious, almost viscous mouthfeel. Notes of grapefruit and lemon throughout, creating a wonderful, beguiling contrast between the sharpness of the acidic citrus elements and the silky texture. Traces of minerality and astringency on the edges make it an ideal pairing for oysters on the half-shell.
Brewed with Omachi rice, the oldest recognized sakamai ("saké rice"), discovered at the tail end of the Edo era (1603-1868). Omachi is often referred to as maboroshi, meaning "phantasmic" or "mystical," having to do with the difficulties involved in cultivating it and the superlative saké it can produce.
Price: $52/720 ml bottle
Masumi Arabashiri "First Run" Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu Without a doubt, our most popular "seasonal" namazake, Arabashiri means "first/rough run," and is the first bit of free-run sake that comes out of the old fashioned fune press (the one that looks like a big tub, and into which the fermented mash is placed in cloth bags). Since no pressure is applied to the sake, it can be extremely vibrant and somewhat brash, and it is just about as fresh as it gets.
Masumi Arabashiri is super fruity (melons & pears), and has a pleasantly crisp acidity. In addition to being a junmai ginjo nama, it's also a genshu (undiluted), so at 17-18% alcohol, it packs a lovingly assertive punch.
Price: $50/720 ml bottle
If you don't have a chance to stop by in this weekend, but are interested in trying a bottle or two, please get in touch, and we'll be glad to set something aside for you.
Next Week's Menu: All-Omachi
Special tasting Thursday, June 18 @ 5-8 pm
I've mentioned it in previous newsletters, but I've developed somewhat of a crush on the sakamai (sake rice varietal), Omachi.
I'm super excited that we've finally amassed enough different Omachi-based brews to be able to present our first full-on "themed" menu, next week (June 16-20).
We think it will be interesting for you to taste and compare how different brewers coax the Omachi rice into their desired expression of liquid lusciousness.
Thursday, June 18 we'll be hosting a special tasting whereby you can taste 6 different sake in the premium grades for $5/person. (The tasting fee will be waived with any glass pour or bottle purchase.)
We hope you'll be able to join us next week and explore these very special brews.