While we don’t usually cover products other than beer and cider, the two new canned Sakés from Forest Grove, OR-based SakéOne called Yomi and Momokawa are similar beverages of interest. SakéOne specializes in some of the finest American made Saké, and is also an importer of Japanese Saké. Cans are new for SakéOne, and Yomi and Momokowa are the company’s flagship products, available for the first time in slim 250ml cans in Oregon, Washington and California this March. Both brands are expected to expand to national distribution later this spring.
More from a press release:
These two products will join SakéOne’s premium Oregon Craft saké portfolio alongside bottles of g, Momokawa, and Moonstone. Inspired by the impressive growth of craft beer and premium wine in cans, SakéOne sees tremendous potential to make saké more approachable, convenient and eco-friendly with this new format. The 250ml recyclable aluminum slim cans have a pop-top lid (the same as soda cans and canned wine/beer products) and eye-catching designs meant to grab consumers’ attention on the retail shelf.
Yomi is a new concept created by SakéOne specifically for canned saké. It is wrapped with a white label featuring a striking image of a Japanese mask inspired by mythology and brought to life by a local Portland designer originally from the Aomori Prefecture of Japan. According to Shinto mythology, Yomi means “World of Darkness” or “an Afterlife” where one goes after death. This story inspired the company to create a saké meant to be consumed in our daily “world of darkness” at the end of each day.
The Momokawa offering represents the newest line extension from SakéOne’s pioneering flagship brand. Created by in-house designers, the design features a white canvas with stylized blue accents inspired by an avant-garde form of calligraphy known as zeneisho and the abstract expressionist style of Jackson Pollock.
“While both offerings feature eye-catching art on the outside, the true art is on the inside” said President and CEO Steve Vuylsteke. “Brewmaster Takumi Kuwabara and his team have been working tirelessly to craft the ideal style for each of our new canned sakés. Our hope is that the convenient, eye-catching cans appeal to both newcomers and devoted saké drinkers. We wanted to create something new, different and approachable in a format with which consumers are already very comfortable.”
Both Yomi and Momokawa are Junmai Ginjo, or super premium level saké made with no distilled alcohol added. They are crafted using premium Sacramento Valley rice milled to 58% of its original size. Removing the outer impurities of the rice grain and focusing on the ideal starch found within each grain results in clean, fruity and floral aromatics. Pristine, abundant Willamette Valley water utilized in the production process is essential to revealing and retaining fruity “ginjo” characteristics. Both products are sulfite-free, gluten-free, vegan and kosher.
Yomi is fruity, refreshing and subtly sweet. It features light notes of red berries, cherry, guava, and mochi with hints of tropical fruit, melon, and grapes. It has an ABV of 13% and pairs with light and medium flavored foods like sushi, street tacos and poke bowls.
Momokawa is a medium-dry saké with a balance of soft water notes and flavors of apple and pear, with melon and mild anise on the nose. It is fuller-bodied and made in a slightly drier, more traditional style than Yomi. It has an ABV of 14% and displays the hallmark aromas and flavors fans of Momokawa saké will recognize immediately. Pair it with medium and full-flavored foods like burgers, pizza, spicy Mexican food and hot dogs.
For more information, please contact Jessie Sheeran at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit yomisake.com for Yomi and sakeone.com for Momokawa. Kanpai!
SakéOne is America’s first craft saké producer and complements its own fine products with a growing portfolio of fine Japanese
saké imports. Its Oregon Craft saké brands Momokawa, Moonstone, g and Yomi are joined by import brands Hakutsuru, Kasumi
Tsuru, Kibo, Murai Family, SakéMoto, Tombo and Yoshinogawa. A leader committed to saké education at the wholesale, retail
and consumer levels, SakéOne is focused on expanding the enjoyment of premium saké in the United States. For more
information, visit SakéOne’s website at sakeone.com.