And tonight you have the rare chance to compare several sakes from Asabiraki Sake Brewery.
Izakaya Den is hosting an event that will pair appetizers with spirits from Asabiraki. The brewery's distinct sakes are award-winners, but you don't frequently find them in Denver.
The brewery, which was started in 1871, is famous for its Nanbu style of sake brewing, which uses lower temperatures and long-term fermentation to achieve spirits with a crisp, smooth finish. The Nanbu technique was developed in northern Japan -- where Asabiraki is located -- 300 years ago, and has since proliferated throughout the country.
Yasu Kizaki, owner (with his brother) of Izakaya Den, Sushi Den and Ototo, says his decision to bring in Asabiraki Sake is related to the earthquake. "Because we are deeply connected with many vendors from our industry in Japan, we have decided to carry some of their sake we never carried before," he says. "We feel this is the long-term solution to help companies in Japan, including sake breweries."
Asabiraki is located in the Iwate prefecture, which was rocked by the quake; industries in the area, including sake brewing, are still recovering slowly.
The event runs from 6 until 9 p.m. tonight at Izakaya Den; tickets are $50 at the door.