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August 2010

Ask Beau - "What sake brewery have you sold the most sake for?"

Posted by Beau Timken in 2010, Ask Beau, August, Newsletter
Beau Timken Wow! Great question! This is a real head-scratcher because we never did a database for that. (Yes mom and pop still live.) Taking into consideration all 7 years of sales I can name a few breweries/brands that we have sold a lot for. And of course it comes down to sake offerings - the more labels the more sales. But that said - way back in the day we sold a ton of sakes for a brewery (Rihaku) that only had two brews available.

Well Jason C. in Ontario I will go out on a limb and name the top ten breweries that have benefited the most by having a funky little sake store in America selling their product!

This list is not in order but I will name the top three later:
  • Masumi
  • Urakasumi
  • Dewazakura
  • Kikusui
  • Tamanohikari
  • Kubota
  • Takenotsuyu
  • Yaegaki
  • Wakatake
  • Otokoyama
Here are some honorable mention breweries/brands:
  • Tsukinokatsura
  • Shirakawago
  • Shirataki (Jozen etc)
  • Ohyama
  • Dassai
  • Kan Chiku
  • Yuki no Bosha
  • Suigei
  • Tenzan
  • Bunraku
Here are some breweries that we used to sell a lot of several years back:
  • Sato no Homare
  • Mukune
  • Hakkaisan
  • Bishonen
  • Suishin
Ironically a brew that is and has historically been in the top 15 - Hatsuhana Utatane - just went belly-up! You may remember their twisted light blue bottles with cork tops. The company filed for the equivalent of Chapter 11, and to this day represents the most consumed brew other than Bishonen that went "under." (Bishonen is back under new owners.)

So in the end - the top three breweries that we have had the pleasure of selling the most of their sakes are probably Dewazakura, Wakatake, and Masumi (but Urakasumi may be tied with Masumi.)

Please send your sake specific questions to askbeau2 @ (This address is not for general questions and I only review the questions once per month. All other correspondence should use info @

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