We'll try to keep this short, sweet, and as efficient as possible, but we wanted to let you know about some things happening at the shop that you've wanted to happen, but perhaps weren't consciously aware of desiring them.
Seriously, we don't think you'll want to miss what we have in store for you this weekend.
Thanks for your continued support, and we hope to see you soon!
Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
It's not just for breakfast anymore. Wait, what??
If any of you have shared one of the large format beers with friends at Saké Nomi, you're familiar with the "Bambi Cup."
Before Bambi was put into service at the bar, the playfully decorative cups held premium sake. "Cup" sake is pretty ubiquitous in Japan, but it's come a long way in the past couple decades.
It's been said the origin of vending machine dispensed cup sake has to do with the dreaded futsuka yoi (hangover, lit. "two days drunk), and the single serving 180 ml vessels came into existence to administer the ageless hangover remedy, mukaezake (hair of the dog). So, usually a cheap, lower grade of sake meant not so much to be savored as to be tossed back and tossed away.
These days, however, many breweries are filling the cups with premium brews and putting great care into the collectible packaging.
This Friday and Saturday we're pleased to introduce a variety of premium cup sake from Osaka, Tochigi, Oita, and Yamanashi prefectures.
We hope you'll join us and begin your own personal collection!
Saké Nomi Cinema: Why Don't You Play in Hell?
Sat., September 26 @ 8 pm
If, like us, you feel like the "B" in "B-movie" stands for "so Bad, it's good," then this week's Saké Nomi Cinema might be right in your wheelhouse.
Please join us this Saturday, Sept. 26, as we not-so-proudly present the 2013 marvel, Why Don't You Play in Hell?
The original Japanese title translated as "What's So Bad About Hell?" and the film has wowed crowds all over the world, including the Seattle International Film Festival, as well as the Toronto International Film Festival, where it captured the People's Choice Award in the "Midnight Madness" section.
We hope this doesn't give too much away, but you can preview the trailer here. This also ensures that you can't say we didn't sufficiently warn you.
We apologize for the short notice of this screening, but we just got our hands on a copy of the film, and we're eager to share it with the sake-drinking cinephiles amongst us.
This is just a quick update to let you know about this week's schedule and some very special sake we are currently featuring.
We hope you enjoy a safe, laughter-filled Labor Day holiday weekend with family, friends, and good sake!
Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
This Week's Schedule
After careful consideration, this week's hours of operation will look something like this:
Wed.- Thurs. (9/2-3): 2- 10 pm-ish
Fri.- Sat. (9/4-5): We'd say 2- 10 pm, but recently it's been more like 2- "Late," which as long as guests are behaving and enjoying their sake, we don't mind at all.
Sun.- Mon. (9/6-7): CLOSED in observance of the Labor Day holiday and the Wonder Twins return to high school.
We realize everyone is busy hustling around this weekend, and we appreciate it when you make time to stop by, say "Hi," and have a taste or two.
They're rare, delicious, and limited new arrivals
Come taste & purchase while you can!
We are excited to announce the arrival of two brand new-to-Washington namazake (unpasteurized sake) that we are currently featuring for purchase by the glass and by the bottle.
Kagatobi Muroka Namazake
From Ishikawa prefecture's esteemed Fukumitsuya Brewery (est. 1625!), this is a seasonal release Junmai, of which our distributor has managed to secure roughly 100 bottles (the first 10 in Washington arrived at Saké Nomi yesterday).
This sake It is shiny gold in the glass, and the nose has notes of candied fruit and a hint of earthiness. It tastes intriguingly dry AND rich, even a bit spicy. It packs a genshu-esque (undiluted) punch at 18% ABV, but with a very soft, gentle mouthfeel.
Price: $48/720 ml bottle; 10% "case" discount on orders of 5 or more bottles.
Tamagawa Heirloom Yamahai Genshu
(aka "Red Label")
This new-to-WA selection is brewed by Philip Harper, the only non-Japanese toji (brewmaster) currently brewing in Japan. "Red Label" is a muroka (non-charcoal filtered) nama genshu (undiluted, so 19-20% alcohol), brewed using ambient yeast found in the brewery's environs.
The importer describes it thusly: "Red Label is rich with acids and amino acids for a robust explosion of flavor."
In our opinion, it's a big, complex, funky sake, with an earthy, mushroom aroma and a hint of smoke. Definitely reminiscent of the Tamagawa Tokubetsu Junmai, on the palate there is a brown sugary sweetness followed by a yamahai tanginess. The finish is dry (ish), and a touch astringent.
"Red Label" is made to pair with hearty dishes and grilled meat, but don't be afraid to luxuriate in its complexities unaccompanied and on its own. Also exciting to us is that it is the rare namazake that we have access to that also comes in the "big boy" 1.8L bottle!
Price: $40/720 ml bottle; $80/1.8L bottle; 10% case discount on orders of 6 or more.
Delivery for both sake: Confirmed orders by Noon Thursday, Sept. 3 will be available in-store by Friday, Sept. 4 (just in time for the holiday weekend, y'all!)