Top 11 Best Sake Brands in the US

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Sake, the traditional Japanese rice wine, has become increasingly popular in the US in recent years. But with so many brands and varieties to choose from, how ... read more...

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    Gekkeikan

    Gekkeikan is a Japanese sake brand that has been in the US since 1989. The company was founded in 1637 in Fushimi, Kyoto, and is a member of the Henokiens Group, which is one of the oldest companies in the world. Gekkeikan’s state-of-the-art sake brewing facility in Folsom, California is the latest chapter in a continuing success story that began almost 400 years ago five-thousand miles away in Fushimi, Japan.


    Gekkeikan sake is made from the simple ingredients of rice and water. Containing no artificial additives, enhancers or sulfites, Gekkeikan sake is completely natural 1. The company offers a wide range of sake products including Kyoto Sake, California Sake, Plum Wine, and more.


    One of Gekkeikan’s premium Junmai Sake products is “Haiku,” which has been awarded Grand Gold at the Fine Sake Awards Japan competition for two consecutive years. Another premium product is “Horin Gekkeikan,” which is a highest-class Junmai Daiginjo sake that comes from a combination of the mythological sacred bird and the Kylin


    • Founded: 1989
    • Headquarters: Kyoto, Japan
    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gekkeikan.sake.usa/
    • Website: https://gekkeikan.com/
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    Takara Sake USA

    Takara Sake USA, a distinguished member of the renowned Takara Group, has been an integral part of the American sake landscape since its establishment in 1983 in Berkeley, California. With an unwavering commitment to crafting exceptional sake, the company sources pure snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and premium rice from the fertile Sacramento Valley, resulting in a sake that proudly bears the Takara mark.


    Their diverse sake offerings, such as Sho Chiku Bai, Junmai, Hana, and Yuki Nigori, cater to a range of tastes and preferences. Sho Chiku Bai, the flagship brand, has garnered a devoted following in both Berkeley and Japan, owing to its unrivaled quality and exquisite flavor, making it the best-selling sake in the United States.


    Beyond traditional sake, Takara Sake USA also explores innovative avenues with flavored sake, plum sake, mirin, and more. For those eager to delve deeper into the company's history and sake-brewing philosophy, the Takara Sake USA brewery and museum in Berkeley provide a captivating journey through time, featuring historical tools and artifacts, complemented by a retail shop showcasing their latest offerings for the Japanese domestic market.


    • Founded: 1983
    • Headquarters: Berkeleym, Carlifornia, US
    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TakaraSakeUSAInc/
    • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takarasakeusa/
    • Website: https://www.takarasake.com/
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    SakéOne

    SakéOne is a premium sake company based in Forest Grove, Oregon, USA. Established in 1992, the company is committed to exclusively importing some of the finest Japanese sake offerings from producers representing many of Japan’s acclaimed sake producing prefectures.


    SakéOne offers a wide range of sake products including “G Saké Fifty Junmai Ginjo,” “Momokawa Diamond Junmai Ginjo,” “Hakutsuru UKIYO-E Junmai Daiginjo,” and more. “Momokawa” is SakéOne’s main brand of sake in the US and has become popular in the country. It’s high quality and superior taste has made it the best-selling sake in the United States. The company also produces flavored sake, plum sake, mirin, and more.


    If you are interested in learning more about SakéOne’s history and sake brewing philosophy, you can visit their website or their tasting room in Forest Grove, Oregon. The tasting room offers a variety of sake flights and food pairings. They also offer virtual tastings for those who are unable to visit in person.


    • Founded: 1992
    • Headquarters: Forest Grove, Oregon, US
    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SakeOneOregon/
    • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sakeoneoregon/
    • Website: https://sakeone.com/
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    Ozeki

    Ozeki, a revered Japanese sake brand with a presence in the United States since 1979, has a storied history dating back to 1711 when it was founded in the Nada district of Hyogo prefecture, Japan. Established by Ozakaya Chobei, Ozeki has evolved into one of the world's foremost sake brewers, upholding its commitment to producing the finest fresh sake.


    Ozeki's extensive range of sake offerings includes premium junmai, sake dry, junmai Ginjo, junmai daiginjo, nigori, and more, catering to diverse palates. Among its prized selections is "Karatamba Junmai," a special Junmai sake aged for three years at low temperatures. This exquisite brew boasts a rich flavor and aromatic profile, making it an ideal companion for sushi and various Japanese culinary delights.


    With deep-rooted traditions and a dedication to quality, Ozeki continues to grace tables worldwide with its exceptional sake creations.


    • Founded: 1711
    • Headquarters: Hyogo, Japan
    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ozekisakeusa
    • Website: https://www.ozekisake.com/
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    Sequoia Sake

    Sequoia Sake, a cherished family-run artisan sake brewery nestled in the heart of San Francisco, has been a beacon of quality since its inception in 2014. With a deep commitment to the craft, Sequoia Sake sources its organic rice from the fertile fields of Sacramento and pristine water from the glacier-carved Yosemite watershed, ensuring each product's exceptional character.


    Their diverse sake offerings, including "Coastal Genshu NV," "Junmai," "Nigori," and more, cater to a spectrum of tastes. "Sequoia Sake," their flagship brand, stands as a testament to their dedication. Crafted from locally grown organic rice, it exudes a rich, velvety flavor that harmonizes flawlessly with sushi and other Japanese culinary delights.


    Sequoia Sake's passion for creating top-tier sake has firmly rooted it as a gem in San Francisco's vibrant culinary landscape, celebrating the fusion of tradition and innovation in every bottle.


    • Founded: 2014
    • Headquarters: San Francisco, US
    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sequoiasake/
    • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sequoia_sake/
    • Website: https://sequoiasake.com/
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    Brooklyn Kura

    Brooklyn Kura, the epitome of premium sake craftsmanship, finds its home in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, USA. Founded in 2016, this visionary brand has embarked on a mission to establish a novel tradition of American Craft Sake, redefining the world of sake-making on American soil. What sets them apart is the dedication to brewing their sake right in the bustling heart of New York City, a testament to their commitment to innovation and quality.


    Their diverse sake offerings, which include "Coastal Genshu NV," "Junmai," "Nigori," and more, showcase the versatility of their craft. At the forefront stands "Brooklyn Kura," their signature brand. Crafted from locally grown organic rice, it boasts a rich, velvety flavor profile that harmonizes exquisitely with sushi and an array of Japanese culinary delights. Brooklyn Kura is more than a sake; it's a testament to the fusion of cultures and the evolution of a timeless tradition.


    • Founded: 2016
    • Headquarters: Brooklyn, New York, US
    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrooklynKura/
    • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brooklynkura/
    • Website: https://www.brooklynkura.com/
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    Dassai

    Dassai, a distinguished sake brand hailing from Japan, has carved a name for itself as an embodiment of excellence and tradition in the world of rice wine. Crafted with meticulous care, Dassai sake is celebrated for its premium quality and exquisite flavor profile. What sets Dassai apart is its commitment to sourcing the finest rice, using cutting-edge techniques, and embracing a reverence for time-honored brewing traditions.

    Renowned globally, Dassai offers a spectrum of sake options, catering to a variety of tastes and preferences. From the delicately smooth Dassai 39 to the luxurious Dassai Beyond, each bottle showcases the brand's dedication to perfection. The sake aficionado is treated to an exquisite balance of flavors and aromas that reflect the essence of Japanese craftsmanship.

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    's exceptional quality and dedication to excellence have made it a symbol of Japan's rich cultural heritage and a cherished choice for enthusiasts seeking the pinnacle of sake craftsmanship.


    • Founded: 1948
    • Headquarters: Yamaguchi, Japan
    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DassaiSake/
    • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dassaisake/
    • Website: https://www.asahishuzo.ne.jp/en/
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    Hakutsuru

    Hakutsuru, a revered name in the world of sake, exemplifies the essence of Japanese brewing artistry and heritage. Founded in 1743, this iconic sake brand has a history spanning centuries, making it a true custodian of tradition and innovation.


    What sets Hakutsuru apart is its unwavering commitment to sourcing the finest rice and water, both essential ingredients in sake production. With a meticulous brewing process that marries time-honored techniques with modern technology, Hakutsuru consistently delivers a portfolio of premium sake varieties that cater to diverse palates.

    From the refined Junmai Daiginjo to the approachable Junmai Ginjo, Hakutsuru's range appeals to connoisseurs and newcomers alike. Each bottle encapsulates the brand's dedication to precision, resulting in a harmonious blend of flavors and fragrances.


    Hakutsuru's legacy and craftsmanship have made it a symbol of Japanese sake culture, cherished for its quality and authenticity by enthusiasts worldwide. It continues to be a bridge between tradition and contemporary appreciation of this iconic Japanese beverage.


    • Founded: 1743
    • Headquarters: Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hakutsuru.sake.usa
    • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hakutsuru.sake.usa/
    • Website: https://www.hakutsuru-sake.com/global/us/
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    Tozai

    Tozai Sake is a captivating fusion of Japanese tradition and contemporary craft, redefining the sake landscape with its innovative approach. Founded in 2004 by the visionary Stephen Edwards, Tozai has become a prominent name in the world of sake.


    What distinguishes Tozai Sake is its dedication to showcasing the diversity of sake styles, allowing enthusiasts to explore a broad spectrum of flavors and aromas. With selections ranging from the crisp and clean Well of Wisdom Junmai Ginjo to the rich and fruity Living Jewel Junmai, Tozai offers an impressive array to suit various tastes.

    Tozai's commitment to quality extends to its artful labels, each featuring visually stunning designs inspired by Japanese culture and folklore.


    This brand not only makes sake accessible to a global audience but also fosters an appreciation for its cultural and culinary significance. Tozai Sake embodies the perfect harmony of tradition and innovation in each carefully crafted bottle.


    • Founded: 2004
    • Headquarters: Seattle, Washington, USA
    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tozaisake
    • Website: https://tozaisake.com/
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    NanbuBijin

    NanbuBijin is an esteemed sake brand that hails from the southern region of Japan, specifically Nada, Hyogo Prefecture. Founded in 1902, this brand has stood the test of time, preserving the essence of Japanese sake craftsmanship for over a century.


    What truly sets NanbuBijin apart is its unwavering dedication to using locally cultivated Yamada Nishiki rice and pristine water from the Rokko Mountains. This commitment to quality ingredients, combined with traditional brewing techniques, results in a sake that is both elegant and complex.


    NanbuBijin offers a range of sake options, from Junmai to Junmai Daiginjo, each with its own distinctive character and flavor profile. Sought after by connoisseurs, NanbuBijin has earned its place as a symbol of excellence in the world of sake, showcasing the beauty of Japanese tradition in every bottle.


    • Founded: 1902
    • Headquarters: Hyogo, Japan
    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NanbuBijin/
    • Website: https://www.nanbubijin.co.jp/en/
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    TYKU

    TYKU is an exceptional sake brand known for its modern approach to this centuries-old Japanese tradition. Launched in 2007, TYKU has quickly gained international recognition for its commitment to quality and innovation.


    TYKU dedicates to producing premium Junmai sake using the finest Yamada Nishiki rice and pure, pristine water. The brand offers a diverse range of sake, including Junmai, Junmai Ginjo, and Junmai Daiginjo varieties, each meticulously crafted to bring out unique flavor profiles, from delicate and floral to rich and complex.

    TYKU's sleek, contemporary packaging and approachable style have helped introduce sake to a new generation of enthusiasts worldwide. Beyond sake, TYKU has expanded its portfolio to include other Japanese spirits like shochu and plum wine, further showcasing the brand's commitment to Japanese craft.


    • Founded: 2007
    • Headquarters: New York, USA
    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TYKUSake/
    • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tykusake/
    • Website: https://tykusake.com/
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