SHO CHIKU BAI

"Sho Chiku Bai" is Takara's main brand of Sake in Berkeley as well as Japan. It’s high quality and superior taste has made it the best-selling Sake in the United States — America’s favorite. 


SHO CHIKU BAI Classic
Type: Junmai / Classic

The most traditional sake. In order to enjoy its traditional Junmai character in full, serving it warm is recommended. It will pair well with mildly seasoned dishes.

Character: Smooth, well balanced and full body
Dry/Sweet: +3 (medium dry)
Serving: Room temperature to warm
Pairing food: Mildly seasoned
Alcohol: 15%
Item#/Size: #7230/180ml, #7220/750ml, #7210/1.5Lit, #7200/ 18Lit.

 

SHO CHIKU BAI Extra Dry
Type: Junmai / Dry

Extremely dry sake. Its clean and crisp flavor pairs well with a wide variety of foods.

Character: Very dry, clean and crisp flavor
Dry/Sweet: +7 (very dry)
Serving: Chilled to warm
Pairing food: Various appetizers
Alcohol: 15%
Item#/Size: #4992/375ml, #7280/1.5Lit., #7270/18Lit.


SHO CHIKU BAI Tokubetsu Junmai
Type: Tokubetsu Junmai

This special sake is made from highly polished (to 60%) Sacramento Valley rice. It is a well balanced Junmai-shu with an exceptionally smooth texture.

Dry/Sweet: +5 (medium dry)
Serving: Room temperature to warm
Pairing food: Mildly seasoned
Alcohol: 15%
Item#/Size: #6480/300ml, #6470/720ml, #5900/1.8Lit.

 

SHO CHIKU BAI Ginjo
Type: Junmai Ginjo / Premium

Ginjo is a special reserve connoisseur class of sake. Most sakes are brewed with rice that has been milled 30%. For our Ginjo we use rice that is polished over 50%. Additionally, we use a special strain of yeast that allows for fermentation at a cooler temperature. The result of the slower, longer process is a silky-smooth, rich texture and a fruity flavor.

Character: Delicate, dry and silky smooth
Dry/Sweet: +3 (mild)
Serving: Chilled
Pairing food: Perfect by itself or with lightly seasoned foods
Alcohol: 15%
Item#/Size: #7320/300ml

 

TAKARA Sierra Cold
Type: Junmai Ginjo / Premium

Takara Sierra Cold is an innovation in sake brewing. It is fermented with a specially developed yeast that allows for the rich flavor of a premium type of sake. We have made this product with an alcohol content of 12% for those who prefer a milder taste.

Character: Light and clean
Dry/Sweet: +5 (dry)
Serving: Chilled
Pairing food: Perfect by itself or with lightly seasoned foods
Alcohol: 12%
Item#/Size: #7350/300ml

 

SHO CHIKU BAI 
Nama
Type: Junmai Nama / Draft

NAMA SAKE is draft-style sake that is purified not by heat pasteurization but rather through micro-filtration. Since high temperatures can often change the subtle flavors of sake, this micro-filtration process better retains all of the original flavors of sake. “Nama” means fresh, which indicates that it is bottled immediately after production, as opposed to being aged for a few months like our other sakes.

Character: Fruity, fresh and dry
Dry/Sweet: +5 (dry)
Serving: Chilled
Pairing food: Cold or vinegar-marinated
Alcohol: 15%
Item#/Size: #7240/180ml

SHO CHIKU BAI 
Organic Nama
Type: Junmai Nama / Draft

It's totally natural, using OCIA certified rice harvested from the Sacramento Valley with absolutely no preservatives, no alcohol, and no sulfites added. It is brewed under the direction of Takara's master brewer combining the most traditional methods with modern technology to arrive at the Ginjo grade. (The Silver Medal award of Organic & Biodynamic Wine Competition in 2009 and 2010.)

Character: Full, dry and balanced flavor with fruity and fresh taste
Dry/Sweet: +5 (dry)
Serving: Chilled
Pairing food: Cold or vinegar-marinated
Alcohol: 15%
Item#/Size: #8000/300ml

SHO CHIKU BAI 
Nigori Cremè De Sake
Type: Junmai Nigori / Unfiltered

NIGORI is lightly-filtered and the sweetest of all our types of sake. It is especially delicious with very spicy foods. The bottle should be shaken each time before pouring due to the high rice content that settles in the bottom of the bottle. Nigori Crème de Sake tastes slightly drier than our Nigori Silky Mild. 

Character: Bold and sweet. Rich and robust flavor with distinctive rice savor
Dry/Sweet: -15 (sweet)
Serving: Chilled
Pairing food: Rich and well seasoned dishes. Great as a dessert
Alcohol: 15%
Item#/Size: #5000/300ml


SHO CHIKU BAI Nigori Silky Mild
Type: Junmai Nigori / Unfiltered

Nigori is the way sake first appeared when it was brewed for the Imperial Court in Kyoto as well as for most of its 2,000-year history. It is lightly-filtered and the sweetest of all our types of sake. It is especially delicious with very spicy foods. The bottle should be shaken each time before pouring due to the high rice content that settles in the bottom of the bottle.

Character: Bold and sweet. Rich and robust flavor with distinctive rice savor
Dry/Sweet: -20 (very sweet)
Serving: Chilled
Pairing food: Rich and well seasoned dishes.
Alcohol: 15%
Size: #7330/375ml, #8760/ 750ml, #7300/1.5Lit.

 

Sho Chiku Bai Rei
Type: Junmai Ginjo Nama /Ginjo Draft

This brilliant sake is made with the ginjo-tsukuri brewing method and uses rice that has been polished to 50% and prepared in the same way as that employed in the daiginjo sake process. After many production trials, success was achieved by carefully selecting yeast that matches perfectly with premium California rice and the water in Berkeley, California to impart a bold and floral aroma. Fermentation is meticulously carried out under low temperature, resulting in a wonderfully balanced combination of fragrant ginjo aroma and the fresh taste of draft sake. 

Character: Full ginjo aroma with fruity and fresh taste
Dry/Sweet: +3 (medium)
Serving: Chilled
Pairing food: Mildly seasoned dishes.
Alcohol: 15%
Item#/Size: #4175/300ml


Sho Chiku Bai Yamadanishiki
Type: Junmai Daiginjo Genshu

The Sho Chiku Bai Daiginjo is the first Daiginjo sake produced with American-harvested Yamadanishiki rice--the result of many years of trial and collaboration with American rice farmers. Its exceptionally smooth, balanced taste, with its garland of Ginjo bouquet, is worthy of the effort and the passion that went into its making—a passion reflected in Takara’s 30-year history of sake-making in the USA. 
2013 Gold Award winner at the U.S. National Sake Appraisal

Character: Excellent flavor and exceptionally smooth taste
Dry/Sweet: -2.0 (medium sweet)
Suggestions: Serve chilled
Serving: Chilled to room temperature
Pairing food: Perfect by itself or with lightly seasoned foods
Alcohol: 15.5%
Item#/Size: #4999/720 ml


SHIRAKABE GURA 
Type: Tokubetsu Junmai

"Shirakabe Gura" is the brewery located in the Nada area, the heartland of Japanese sake making. This Tokubetsu Junmai is meticulously brewed using exceptionally pure water, Miyamizu, and carefully selected rice. The character of this sake is well-balanced with a complex, crisp finish.

Imported from Japan


Character: Smooth, well balanced and full body
Dry/Sweet: +2 (medium dry)

Serving: Room temperature to warm
Pairing food: Mildly seasoned
Alcohol: 15%

Item#/Size: #5500/300ml,  #6130/720ml,   #5190/1.8 Lit.


MIO SPARKLING SAKE
Type: Sparkling Sake

"Shirakabe Gura" is the brewery located in the Nada area, the heartland of Japanese sake making. This sake is refreshing and fruity with a unique sweet aroma. Crafted in the traditional brewing style, with rice, water and Koji, Mio appeals to a wide range of tastes — a new sake for a new age.

 Imported from Japan

Character: Sweet, Refereshing and fruity
Dry/Sweet: -70 (sweet)
Serving: Chilled
Alcohol: 5%
Item#/Size: #3137/300ml,  #3572/720ml,  


 

HANA SAKE

Premium Sake with Natural Fruit Flavors

HANA reflects a contemporary beverage that produces appealing fruit aromas followed by a smooth, mellow taste. This beautifully balanced drink pairs well with many dishes and tastes refreshing as an aperitif.

HANA Raspberry
Type: Flavored Sake

Hana Raspberry lives up to its name with an appealing aroma that fulfills its promise on the palate with a rich berry flavor. The lovely lingering finish continues the appealing taste of ripe fruit. Its low alcohol makes it a fine aperitif, either straight up or on the rocks.

Kosher (OU)
Alcohol: 8%
Item#/Size: #6280/750ml

HANA Lychee
Type: Flavored sake

Hana Lychee lives up to its name with an appealing aroma that fulfills its promise on the palate with the intense flavor of this exotic fruit. The lovely, lingering finish continues the rich lychee taste. Its low alcohol makes it a fine aperitif, either straight up or on the rocks.

Kosher (OU)
Alcohol: 8%
Item#/Size: #3140/375ml, #6290/750ml

HANA White Peach
Type: Flavored Sake

Hana white Peach appeals with gentle and fresh aroma. The lovely sweet lingering finish continues the appealing taste of ripe fruit. Its low alcohol makes it a fine aperitif, either straight up or on the rocks.

Kosher (OU)
Alcohol: 8%
Item#/Size: #3139/375ml , #2949/750ml

HANA Fuji Apple
Type: Flavored sake

Hana Fuji Apple lives up to its name with an appealing aroma that fulfills its promise on the palate with the crisp tartness of a delicious Fuji apple. The lovely lingering finish continues the taste of rich apple flavor. Its low alcohol makes it a fine aperitif, either straight up or on the rocks.

Kosher (OU)
Alcohol: 8%
Item#/Size: #3141/375ml, #6320/750ml


TAKARA CAN CHU-HI JPOP White Peach
Type: Chu-Hi

The first pre-mixed sparkling Chu-Hi beverage was introduced by Takara in 1984. It instantly became one of Japan's most refreshing and popular alcoholic beverages.

Serving suggestion: Chilled
Alc. by Volume: 6.5%
Item#/Size: #2124/350ml

TAKARA CAN CHU-HI JPOP Grapefruit
Type: Chu-Hi

The first pre-mixed sparkling Chu-Hi beverage was introduced by Takara in 1984. It instantly became one of Japan's most refreshing and popular alcoholic beverages.

Serving suggestion: Chilled
Alc. by Volume: 6.5%
Item#/Size: #2834/350ml


YUKI NIGORI

Yuki Nigori’s rich aroma and smooth flavors delight the palate as a refreshing aperitif or a satisfying desert beverage.

YUKI NIGORI WHITE PEACH
Type: Flavored Nigori

Character: Refreshing and sweet aroma of white peach with Nigori’s mellow body and smooth texture
Dry/Sweet: Sweet
Serving: Cold
Pairing food: Aperitif or dessert wine
Alcohol: 10%

Item#/Size: #2863/375ml

YUKI NIGORI LYCHEE 
Type: Flavored Nigori

Character: Great combination of sweet tropical aroma and Nigori’s rich taste with hint of coconut
Dry/Sweet: Sweet

Serving: Cold
Pairing food: Aperitif or dessert wine
Alcohol: 10%

Item#/Size: #2878/375ml

YUKI NIGORI COFFEE 
Type: Flavored Nigori

Character: Delicious coffee flavors enhance Nigori’s naturally smooth body and textures. It is an unexpected surprise capturing the best of both worlds.
Dry/Sweet: Sweet
Serving: Cold
Pairing food: Aperitif or dessert wine
Alcohol: 10%

Item#/Size: #2964/375ml