303 Day Pacific Rim Sake Tasting - 3-3-18

Yesterday's sake tasting event at Uncle Joe's Hong Kong Bistro was super fun. It was a sold out event with a great turnout. Even though there were over 30 sakes at the event our line never slowed all day.

It was great to hear the feedback and see how our sake paired up with the more traditional stuff from Japan. It was also a good experience to set up shop next to the new kids in town, Colorado Sake Co. and see how we stacked up against them. Our sakes are both very different, with different flavor profiles. I'm excited for how we will influence each other going forward...and what we might create together.

It is always nice to get feedback from professionals and casual drinkers alike. It makes me really excited to have a tasting room soon. We've got a lot of ideas that we'd like to persue and it is great to see that folks are open to our experimentation with sake.

 

 

#sake and #cocktails

One of the nice things about having lots of friends, is that sometimes your friends challenge you to try different things.  I am not a huge fan of sake cocktails. Mostly they are either too simple (i.e. just cucumber or ginger) or way too complicated and push too much booze to punch up the cocktail and you loose the sake flavor.

Well, thank god for talented friends. Tonight a friend who lives in China, rolled through town and put together three cocktails that pushed the sake to the front in the best way.

Cherry Sake Float  2 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream Green Tea Cherries & Juice 1 oz Palisade Peach Sake Top with Soda Water

Cherry Sake Float
2 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
Green Tea Cherries & Juice
1 oz Palisade Peach Sake
Top with Soda Water

Sometimes you just start with desert first. This Cherry Sake Float was a lovely way to start the process. It was a light, low alcohol  treat with a lot of flavor. 

High Country Lemonade  1 Shiso Ume 1-2 Lemon Rounds 1/3 Cup Lemon Juice 1 oz. Ginger Pear Shrub 1/4 Cup Elderflower Liqueur 1/2 Cup Queen City Sake  is roughly enough for 4 drinks. split between 4 glasses, give each one a shiso ume and a lemon round, some ice, and top with soda water. 

High Country Lemonade
1 Shiso Ume
1-2 Lemon Rounds
1/3 Cup Lemon Juice
1 oz. Ginger Pear Shrub
1/4 Cup Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 Cup Queen City Sake

is roughly enough for 4 drinks. split between 4 glasses, give each one a shiso ume and a lemon round, some ice, and top with soda water. 

This tart salty treat was absolutely refreshing. It hits all the right spots and really made me miss summer.  

North Fork  1 Tablespoon Peach Jam 2 Tablespoons of Apple Juice 1-2 Drops of Cherry Bitters Shake and pour into the bottom of a highball glass 2 oz of Palisade Peach Sake 1 oz of Ginger Ale Fill Glass with Tiny Ice Float 1/4 oz of Colorado Rose on top Garnish with Brandied Cherry

North Fork
1 Tablespoon Peach Jam
2 Tablespoons of Apple Juice
1-2 Drops of Cherry Bitters
Shake and pour into the bottom of a highball glass
2 oz of Palisade Peach Sake
1 oz of Ginger Ale
Fill Glass with Tiny Ice
Float 1/4 oz of Colorado Rose on top
Garnish with Brandied Cherry

This was a great way to end the tasting. It really pushed the sake to the front of the cocktail. The combo of all the ingredients paired really well with the sake and brought out all the best characteristics of the sakes. 

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I'll get the recipes uploaded soon and thanks to everyone who came out tonight to offer their feedback.

Sake Tasting at The Denver Bicycle Cafe June 30th

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We are very excited to be doing our next sake tasting with our friends at The Denver Bicycle Cafe! We love this place and the community it brings together.

Join us Thursday June 30 from 8-10pm at their new Beer Hall ( 1300 E 17th Avenue Denver, CO) where we will be tasting our Queen City, LSQ, and El Colorado sakes.

Hope to see you there!

Birth of Sake Denver Premiere

Birth of Saké Denver Premiere

April 12, 2016 6:00-10:00pm

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We are very excited to be apart of this event! Please join us for the Denver Premiere of The Birth of Sake. The Birth of Saké is a cinematic documentary that reveals the story of passionate sake-makers and what it takes to make world-class sake at Yoshida Brewery, a 144-year-old family-owned small brewery in northern Japan.

Please join us for a sake tasting before the film, a Q&A, and food from Komotodo after.

Pricing: 

$40 DFS + CRA Members 

$50 Non-Members 

$45 partner rate (SAKE2016P) - Use this code to get $5 off if you're not a member.

We hope to see you there!

Thank You!

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Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our first sake tasting at Tengu last month! It was a lot of fun and it was great drinking and learning with all of you. If you didn't make it out, we're planning another one for April 2nd (not a joke) that focuses on sakes from other American breweries. The first featured brewery is Cedar River Brewing Company in Ballard, WA. We had the opportunity to visit the brewery a few years ago, and it is truly some fantastic sake. We can't wait to share it with you.

As for our sake, it is being ferociously worked on right now. We are hoping to have the Queen City of the Plains and El Colorado on the market by May.

We are also in the process of updating our website, so please pardon our mess while we clean it up.

Cut of Your Jib Sake Beer Grandma's House is kegging the beer this week and it should be on tap later on this month...and coming to a local pub, tavern, bar, etc. near you soon!