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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 we do not list the sakes that are done for that particular 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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  • 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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  • Tedorigawa Arabashiri Kinka Daiginjo Nama "Gold Blossom"
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    Tedorigawa Arabashiri 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 "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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  • Kikusui Funaguchi "Green"

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Masumi Arabashiri Junmai Ginjo Nama "First Run"
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    Masumi Arabashiri Junmai Ginjo Nama "First Run"

    Junmai Ginjo Nama
    Original price $39.00
    Current price $25.00

    The nose on this very famous seasonally released sake is an eclectic collection of rose water, citrus, berries, lemon tea, yeast, and steamed rice ...

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  • Gokyo Arabashiri Junmai Nama Genshu

    Gokyo Arabashiri Junmai Nama Genshu

    Junmai Nama Genshu
    $39.00

    The nose on this very popular spring released unpasteurized sake has a gentle collection of apple, peach, vanilla, banana custard, and cotton candy...

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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"

    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"

    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

    $38.00

    "Versatile and lively, everyday drinking style, the Nama has nice impact on the palate but a smooth, round flavor reminiscent of pear and tangerine...

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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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  • 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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  • Harushika Shiboribana Junmai Ginjo Nama "Spring Deer"

    Harushika Shiboribana Junmai Ginjo Nama "Spring Deer"

    Junmai Ginjo Nama
    $36.00

    The nose on this unpasteurized spring released Nama is a gentle collection of peach, grape, papaya, cucumber, and melon aromas. The Deer is back! ...

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  • Tamagawa Yamahai Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu "White Label"

    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 Nigori Nama

    Sequoia Junmai Ginjo Nigori Nama

    $20.00

    "This lightly cloudy Nigori has delicate aromas of lychee and apricot, reminiscent of spring flowers, a creamy, supple mouthfeel and a clean finish...

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  • Sequoia Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu

    Sequoia Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu

    $41.00

    "Full-strength sake, luscious on the palate with dried fruits and hints of anise and spice on the finish. Nice for pairing with similarly spicy foo...

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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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  • Koshinohomare Shiboritate Junmai Nama Genshu "Pride of Niigata"

    Koshinohomare Shiboritate Junmai Nama Genshu "Pride of Niigata"

    Junmai Nama Genshu
    $29.00

    The nose on this unpasteurized spring released sake is an amazing and baffling collection of butter, blueberry, apple, yogurt, powder sugar, and w...

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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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  • Masumi Junmai Ginjo Hiyaoroshi "Sleeping Beauty"

    Masumi Junmai Ginjo Hiyaoroshi "Sleeping Beauty"

    Junmai Ginjo Hiyaoroshi
    $41.00

    The nose on this seasonally released “Draft Sake,” has a gentle nose filled with plum, raisin, grape, cooked pear, and herbaceous aromas. Check out...

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