We're pretty excited for Sake Day (October 1) this year! Our brewer Marc is breaking out some of the sake he brought back from Takayama, one bottle our good friend Gordon Heady helped make, some sake from our friends at Blue Current Brewery and Ceadar River brewery, and some other odds and ends he's picked up over the last year. He may even share some R&D stuff he's been working on.
Its a great day to do some research and hang with good friends.
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!
Our brewer Marc is heading off to Japan this week...unfortunately a few days to late to participate in the International Wine Challenge in Hyogo. His travels are part research and part vacation. We're very excited about his visit to Takayama, Denver's sister city. Hopefully he'll bring us back some good news for our Takayama style sake in R&D right now. He'll be taking photos and telling stories, so keep up with him on our Instagram!
Birth of Saké Denver Premiere
April 12, 2016 6:00-10:00pm
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.
$40 DFS + CRA Members
$45 partner rate (SAKE2016P) - Use this code to get $5 off if you're not a member.
We hope to see you there!
So with all the other things on our plate, we're updating our website! Yes we, Marc and Keith, are doing this. So please pardon our mess as we fight with 1's and 0's over the next few days. Thanks!
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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!
We Are Ready to Rock!!!
Hey there everyone! We made it through all our legal hurdles and are ready to rock! The next few months will be super crazy around here as we crank up the sake machine to full speed! It will be a few months before we have product on the market, but we are finalizing deals with a few restaurants and liquor stores. We also have a few tasting events in the works. It is very exiting and we are looking forward to bringing you some great sake this year!
Sake Tasting Event at Tengu - February 27 4:30 - 6:30pm Our first event will be this month at Tengu. Join us for an enriching afternoon of sake sampling and Japanese fare. Comfortable for both enthusiasts and those that know nada. $25/person. Space limited. RSVP:firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.749.0109.
Cut of Your Jib Sake Beer We have also been in talks with Grandma's House and are putting the Cut of Your Jib into regular production. The next release is in March.
Thanks for all your support! Gaijin24886
Well there's some good news and some frustrating news. Good news our labels have been approved! Bad news we have 36 more days to wait after discovering a new permit that we didn't know we needed for the State of Colorado. So hopefully we will be able to start selling in January.
On the other good news side, we have been talking with a few local restaurants about carrying our sake and talks are going well.
We are very thankful and so appreciative of all of you for hanging in there with us during this struggle. Perhaps a Christmas Miracle will be sitting under the tree next week for us.
We are planning a few events next year that we will tell you about soon! Have a great holiday season and a great start to 2016!
So, we've gotten all our paperwork in and are just waiting for the State and the Feds to get back to us. If all goes to plan we'll be taking our wares to market by the end of the summer. In the meantime, we've been doing some R&D and working on a few new sake ideas.
So what started off as a very simple agreement between ourselves and the State has escalated to a bit of a legal nightmare. So we are going quiet for a while until we can get this all sorted out. Thanks for all the support and we'll see you on the other side of the tunnel. Thanks,
Marc & Keith
Hey kids! It has been a busy start to the year. We've been stockpiling sake(Queen City, Leadville Snow Queen, and Old Mose), working the legal system, building up the brewing space, trying out a new press idea, fermenting our part of the sake beer for our collaboration with Grandma's House, and reading lots of science books...oh and battling a nasty bug that has been floating around Denver knocking people out for days to weeks. But we're back now and working harder than ever! If all goes as planned (please cross your fingers for us) we will be through all the legal hoops (for this stage) and be able to start selling our sake to bars, restaurants, and liquor stores by the end of May. The direct retail plan is going to take a bit longer to figure out. But baby steps, right?
If you want to help, this petition by some local homebrewers may just let us sell in Grandma's tap room. Take a look at it and if you agree, please sign it.
We're also super excited to start working with local yeast cultivators Inland Island. They are a pair of super smart, super nice gents that will be helping us cultivate some of our successful yeast strains, and work with us to develop a few new ones. Science!
Happy New Year everyone! Hope your holidays went well! Well after a few days of rest, we're back on the grind. We're filtering the Queen City of the Plains, starting the newest batch of Ledville Snow Queen, and finalizing the new recipe for Old Mose. We're hitting 2015 hard and fast. We're also hitting the legal ground running! If all goes as planned you should start seeing our sakes in a couple of bars and restaurants around Denver by late spring. We will keep you in the loop as more news comes down the wire.
2014 had lots of setbacks for us, but they also taught us a lot about ourselves and the industry we are breaking into. We met a lot of great people along the way that helped shape the direction of things to come and we are really excited about where 2015 is going to take us.
Thanks to all of you who have stuck with us along the way! 2015 is going to be huge!
Marc & Keith
It has been a crazy year full of starts and stops and we thank you all for taking the journey with us. We are still furiously navigating the legal system to get our sake out in the world, rebuilding our press (it worked, but can be better), working on new batches of the Leadville Snow Queen, Old Mose, and a sake beer concept with Grandma's House.
We still have a bit of the Palisade Peach sake. We wanted it as fresh as possible so we didn't pasteurize it. Since we won't be able to sell it any time soon, please come down to the brewery and sample it. Just drop us a line and we'll set up a time for you to come down and taste it.
We also got our site updated for ordering shirts. It was a small run so get yours before they're all gone :)
Thanks again for a great year! Have a great holiday season and a fantastic start to your 2015! Marc & Keith