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Nama & Seasonal

This category of sake is a really exciting and super fresh collection of brews that are only available for a limited time of the year. A typical “BY” or “brewing year” starts in the fall when the special sake brewing rice is harvested and breweries officially commence making sake for that season using that freshly harvested rice.  Typically, sake breweries; Kura, will release fresh unpasteurized “Nama” sake in the early spring. These are usually big, brash, and lively brews that represent fresh Vat-Tasting sake that make you feel like you’re drinking right out of the tank.  Then more unpasteurized and single pasteurized sake are released in the summer that are light, bright, and refreshing for long hot summers. Lastly, sake brewers take great pride in releasing single pasteurized sakes called “Hiyaoroshi” in the Fall to pair well with full-bodied Autumn foods. 


Please remember that some sake in this category are seasonal and will be out of stock until they come back in season, and please enjoy the previous years of reviews for these amazing Seasonal offerings.

  • Kikusui Funaguchi "Gold"

    Kikusui Funaguchi "Gold"

    Honjozo Nama Genshu
    $5.00

    All four of these sakes are pretty similar, but each has unique qualities. The nose on Gold is a mix of banana bread and honey. This guy is fat, ch...

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  • Narutotai Ginjo Nama Genshu "Red Snapper"

    Narutotai Ginjo Nama Genshu "Red Snapper"

    Ginjo Nama Genshu
    $38.00

    We used to refer to this wonderful Can as “Beau-shu” because the owner, Beau Timken, discovered this sake on a trip to Tokushima to visit this brew...

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  • Tedorigawa Kinka Daiginjo Nama "Gold Blossom"

    Tedorigawa Kinka Daiginjo Nama "Gold Blossom"

    Daiginjo Nama
    $43.00

    The nose on this "arabashiri" or "Not pressed" sake is a tantalizing collection of floral, lemon, green apple and lemon custard tones. Talk about a...

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  • Kikusui Funaguchi "Red"

    Kikusui Funaguchi "Red"

    Ginjo Nama Genshu
    $6.00

    All four of these sakes are pretty similar, but each has unique qualities. The nose on Red is ricy, tangy and yeasty. This “can” has been aged for ...

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  • Kikusui Funaguchi "Black"

    Kikusui Funaguchi "Black"

    Futsushu Nama Genshu
    $10.00

    All four of these sakes are pretty similar, but each has unique qualities. The nose on Black is a clean rice and mineral mix. This is the least “pr...

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  • DEN Junmai Nama

    DEN Junmai Nama

    Junmai Nama
    $29.00

    DEN Batch #12 The nose on this locally made craft sake is a nice collection of berry, pear, mineral, and sweet rice aromas. Den Sake’s owner/brewer...

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  • Kikusui Funaguchi "Green"
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    Kikusui Funaguchi "Green"

    Honjozo Nama Genshu
    $7.00

    All four of these sakes are pretty similar, but each has unique qualities. The nose on the Green is far more nama-like with floral and lemon grass ...

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  • Born Junmai Daiginjo Muroka Nama Genshu

    Born Junmai Daiginjo Muroka Nama Genshu

    Muroka Junmai Daiginjo Nama Genshu
    $45.00

    The nose on this unpasteurized Daiginjo (not many of these) is made up of rose pedals, cooked banana, leather, tropical fruit, and steamy night ele...

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  • Dewazakura Dewasansan "Primal Strength"

    Dewazakura Dewasansan "Primal Strength"

    Junmai Ginjo Muroka Nama Genshu
    $40.00

    Unpasteurized and undiluted this Ginjo has a full nose of ripe berries and Sweet Tarts. Primal Strength starts brilliantly with a rush of fruit fla...

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  • Amabuki Ichigo Junmai Ginjo Nama "Strawberry"
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    Amabuki Ichigo Junmai Ginjo Nama "Strawberry"

    Junmai Ginjo Nama
    $36.00

    The nose on this unpasteurized or raw sake is a collection of strawberry, pear, honey, floral and of course strawberry aromas. Why "of course straw...

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  • Amabuki Himawari Junmai Ginjo Nama"Sunflower"
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    Amabuki Himawari Junmai Ginjo Nama"Sunflower"

    Junmai Ginjo Nama
    $36.00

    This “nama” or “unpasteurized” sake (Typically sake is heated – pasteurized – twice as the preservative mechanism) has an interesting nose filled w...

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  • Sequoia Junmai Ginjo Nama

    Sequoia Junmai Ginjo Nama

    Junmai Ginjo Nama
    $19.00

    The nose on this unpasteurized sake made right here in San Francisco is a great collection of melon, green apple, strawberry, sugar, citrus, vanill...

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  • Kamoizumi Aged Nama "Red Maple"

    Kamoizumi Aged Nama "Red Maple"

    Aged Nama
    $37.00

    This is straight up a “different sort of sake.” A two year-aged “fresh” sake doesn’t make sense, but the result is really a uniquely flavored brew ...

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  • Tamagawa Yamahai Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu "Red Label"

    Tamagawa Yamahai Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu "Red Label"

    Yamahai Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu
    $35.00

    The nose on this powerhouse brew (21% alc) is a massive collection of woody, earthy, honey tea, citrus peel, and horse saddle aromas. Another Phili...

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  • Shirataki Jozen Mizuno Gotoshi Junmai Ginjo Nama

    Shirataki Jozen Mizuno Gotoshi Junmai Ginjo Nama

    Junmai Ginjo Nama
    $43.00

    Woot! They finally starting exporting unpasteurized sakes from one of the best breweries in Japan! The nose on this special sake is a gentle collec...

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  • Sequoia Junmai Ginjo Nigori Nama

    Sequoia Junmai Ginjo Nigori Nama

    Junmai Ginjo Nigori Nama
    $20.00

    The nose on this locally made craft Nigori; Coarsely Filtered, sake is a vast collection of vanilla, cream, peach, red apple, raisin, and cream sod...

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  • Tamagawa Yamahai Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu "White Label"
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    Tamagawa Yamahai Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu "White Label"

    Yamahai Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu
    $38.00

    This unpasteurized and wild yeasty sake is one for the masculine ages and was made by the Brit Philip Harper and is quite frankly a flavor bomb. T...

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  • Sequoia Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu

    Sequoia Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu

    Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu
    $41.00

    The nose on this locally produced hand crafted unpasteurized and undiluted; Genshu, sake has a terrific nose filled with grape, pineapple, sugar, g...

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  • Hakuro Suishu Muroka Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu “Moon Mountain’s Dew”

    Hakuro Suishu Muroka Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu “Moon Mountain’s Dew”

    Muroka Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu
    $42.00

    The nose on this newly released nama is filled with cherry, pear, and candy aromas. We love this brewery so much, and it’s great to finally get th...

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  • Denshin Aki "Autumn"
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    Denshin Aki "Autumn"

    $26.00

    The nose on this single pasteurized and seasonal sake is an expressive collection of cocoa, cream, nuts, breakfast cereal, nougat, and toast aroma...

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  • Masumi Junmai Ginjo Hiyaoroshi "Sleeping Beauty"

    Masumi Junmai Ginjo Hiyaoroshi "Sleeping Beauty"

    Junmai Ginjo Hiyaoroshi
    $41.00

    The nose on this single pasteurized seasonally released Fall Draft sake is a splendid collection of cinnamon, toasted rice, flan, honey, Rice Krisp...

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  • Kaze no Mori Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu "Wind of the Woods"

    Kaze no Mori Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu "Wind of the Woods"

    Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu
    $32.00

    WARNING – Be Careful Opening This Sake! The nose on this magical brew is a unique collection of ricey, earthy, woody, banana, and pear aromas. This...

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  • Kameizumi Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu CEL-24 "Eternal Spring"

    Kameizumi Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu CEL-24 "Eternal Spring"

    Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu
    $42.00

    The nose on this unpasteurized “Nama” sake is a fruity collection of apple, pear, melon, mango, and floral aromas. File this living and breathing r...

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  • Tamagawa Junmai Ginjo Muroka Nama Genshu "Ice Breaker"

    Tamagawa Junmai Ginjo Muroka Nama Genshu "Ice Breaker"

    $32.00

    The nose on this very talked about sake is a cool collection of cocoa, wet wood, cream, and nut aromas. Another liquid adventure from Philip Harper...

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