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TYPES OF SAKE

JUNMAI
Literally means “pure rice”: it is composed of rice, water, koji and yeast. This traditional style of sake was mastered by the end of the 17th century and is generally rich in umami and complex in flavor. It is considered versatile because of its wider range of serving temperatures.

TOKUBETSU JUNMAI
Meaning “special Junmai sake” and it is created with rice that is polished to at least 60%. The use of sake-specific rice or other use of legally recognized special production method would be labeled Tokubetsu. The sake has a gentle taste and a soft texture.

JUNMAI GINJO
This style is characterized by a bright aroma, fruity tastes and delicate body. Classified as sake made from rice polished down to at least 60% and often employing a special process including lower-temperature fermentation and special strains of yeast. The term “Junmai” is used to differentiate between “pure rice” sake and sake with brewer’s alcohol added.

JUNMAI DAIGINJO
Dai means great, hence, “Great Ginjo.” Daiginjo is made from rice polished down to at least 50% or less and also fermented in lower-temperature for a long period of time. It often use sake-specific rice. The term “Junmai” is used to differentiate between “pure rice” sake and sake with brewer’s alcohol added.

NAMA
Unpasteurized.

NIGORI
Unfiltered, or coarsely filtered, with a milky white appearance.

KIMOTO
Kimoto represent the most traditional method of sake making, perfected in the 17th century. It uses a fermentation starter that employs the laborious task of pounding streamed rice into a paste. It is known to display complex but well-balanced flavors, with enhanced umami and acidity.

YAMAHAI
This type of sake making evolved from the Kimoto method. It is known for developing complexity and deep flavors equal to Kimoto style sake.

GENSHU
Genshu is undiluted sake. After filtration, sake has an alcohol content of around 19%+. Most sake on the market has been diluted with water down to 12-16%. Genshu is full-bodied and has a rich taste.

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Sho Chiku Bai sake is a brewer's art made from superior rice and pure water with traditional craft and modern technology. 

Sho Chiku Bai

SHO CHIKU BAI › Junmai Daiginjo, 720ml_THUMBNAIL
The Sho Chiku Bai Junmai DaiGinjo is the first DaiGinjo sake made by 100% American Yamadanishiki rice.
$70.00
Type: Junmai Daiginjo
Alcohol: 15.5%
Rice: Yamadanishiki (U.S.)
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: -2
Rice Polishing Ratio: 45%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
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SHO CHIKU BAI > REI Junmai Daiginjo, 300ml_THUMBNAIL
Greatest food paring Junmai DaiGinjo you have ever encountered.
$10.00
Type: Junmai Daiginjo
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +3
Rice Polishing Ratio: 50%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Premium Ginjo, 300ml_THUMBNAIL
Ginjo is a special reserve connoisseur class of sake.
$7.50
Type: Junmai Ginjo
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +3
Rice Polishing Ratio: 50%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Organic Nama, 300ml_THUMBNAIL
It's totally natural, made from OCIA certified organic rice.
$8.00
Type: Junmai (Organic) (Nama)
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose (Organic)
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +3
Rice Polishing Ratio: 60%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
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SHO CHIKU BAI SHO > Junmai Ginjo, 720ml_THUMBNAIL
Premium sake for ultimate satisfaction.
$17.00
Type: Junmai Ginjo
Alcohol: 14%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: -1
Rice Polishing Ratio: 50%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
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SHO CHIKU BAI SHO > Junmai Organic, 720ml_THUMBNAIL
Premium sake for ultimate satisfaction.
$18.00
Type: Tokubetsu Junmai (Organic)
Alcohol: 14%
Rice: Calrose (Organic)
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +3
Rice Polishing Ratio: 60%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
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SHO CHIKU BAI SHO > Ginjo Nigori, 720ml_THUMBNAIL
Premium sake for ultimate satisfaction.
$17.00
Type: Ginjo Nigori (Unfiltered)
Alcohol: 14%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: -14
Rice Polishing Ratio: 50%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
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SHO CHIKU BAI › TAKARA Sierra Cold, 300ml_THUMBNAIL
Takara Sierra Cold is an innovation in sake brewing.
$5.75
Type: Junmai Ginjo
Alcohol: 12%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +3
Rice Polishing Ratio: 50%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Nigori Crème de Sake, 300ml_THUMBNAIL
This Nigori is slightly drier than Nigori Silky Mild.
$5.00
Type: Nigori (Unfiltered)
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: -15
Rice Polishing Ratio: 70%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Tokubetsu Junmai, 1.8L_THUMBNAIL
This special sake is made from highly polished (to 60%) Sacramento Valley rice.
$15.95
Type: Tokubetsu Junmai
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +3
Rice Polishing Ratio: 60%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 6
Available Sizes: 1.8L*,9,720ml,7,300ml,8
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Tokubetsu Junmai, 720ml_THUMBNAIL
This special sake is made from highly polished (to 60%) Sacramento Valley rice.
$10.25
Type: Tokubetsu Junmai
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +3
Rice Polishing Ratio: 60%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Available Sizes: 1.8L,9,720ml*,7,300ml,8
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Tokubetsu Junmai, 300ml_THUMBNAIL
This special sake is made from highly polished (to 60%) Sacramento Valley rice.
$4.75
Type: Tokubetsu Junmai
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +3
Rice Polishing Ratio: 60%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
Available Sizes: 1.8L,9,720ml,7,300ml*,8
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Classic Junmai, 18L_THUMBNAIL
The most traditional style sake.
2011 Gold Award winner at the U.S. National Sake Appraisal
$75.50
Type: Junmai
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +3
Rice Polishing Ratio: 70%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Available Sizes: 18L*,4,1.5L,6,1.5L Cask,5,750ml,2,180ml Case,117
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Classic Junmai, 1.5L_THUMBNAIL
The most traditional style sake.
2011 Gold Award winner at the U.S. National Sake Appraisal
$10.95
Type: Junmai
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +3
Rice Polishing Ratio: 70%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 6
Available Sizes: 18L,4,1.5L*,6,1.5L Cask,5,750ml,2,180ml Case,117
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Classic Junmai, 750ml_THUMBNAIL
Our flagship sake.
2011 Gold Award winner at the U.S. National Sake Appraisal
$6.50
Type: Junmai
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +3
Rice Polishing Ratio: 70%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
Available Sizes: 18L,4,1.5L,6,1.5L Cask,5,750ml*,2,180ml Case,117
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Classic Junmai, 180ml Case (24)_THUMBNAIL
Our flagship sake.
Case Sale Only - 24 of 180ml bottles per case
$60.00 $54.00
Type: Junmai
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +3
Rice Polishing Ratio: 70%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Available Sizes: 18L,4,1.5L,6,1.5L Cask,5,750ml,2,180ml Case*,117
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Extra Dry, 18L_THUMBNAIL
Extremely dry sake.
$77.50
Type: Junmai
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +7
Rice Polishing Ratio: 70%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Available Sizes: 18L*,10,1.5L,11
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Extra Dry, 1.5L_THUMBNAIL
Extremely dry sake.
$11.25
Type: Junmai
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +7
Rice Polishing Ratio: 70%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 6
Available Sizes: 18L,10,1.5L*,11
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Classic Junmai, 1.5L Gift Cask_THUMBNAIL
The most traditional style sake.
2011 Gold Award winner at the U.S. National Sake Appraisal
$36.50
Type: Junmai
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: +3
Rice Polishing Ratio: 70%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 6
Available Sizes: 18L,4,1.5L,6,1.5L Cask*,5,750ml,2,180ml Case,117
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"Ultimate Cooking Combo" > TAKARA Mirin & SHO CHIKU BAI Classic_THUMBNAIL
Buy these 3 items as a set for a special on-line store price!
$18.00
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Nigori Silky Mild, 1.5L_THUMBNAIL
Nigori is lightly filtered and is the sweetest of all our types of sake.
$12.95
Type: Nigori (Unfiltered)
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: -20
Rice Polishing Ratio: 70%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 6
Available Sizes: 1.5L*,15,750ml,16,375ml,18
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Nigori Silky Mild, 750ml_THUMBNAIL
Nigori is lightly filtered and is the sweetest of all our types of sake.
$7.25
Type: Nigori (Unfiltered)
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: -20
Rice Polishing Ratio: 70%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
Available Sizes: 1.5L,15,750ml*,16,375ml,18
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Nigori Silky Mild, 375ml_THUMBNAIL
Nigori is lightly filtered and is the sweetest of all our types of sake.
$4.50
Type: Nigori (Unfiltered)
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Calrose
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
SMV: -20
Rice Polishing Ratio: 70%
Kosher: Yes
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
Available Sizes: 1.5L,15,750ml,16,375ml*,18
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"SHO CHIKU BAI SHO Tasting Flight Set" > 3 types of SHO and original 3 glass flight set_THUMBNAIL
"Excellent way for sampling different types of sake"
$60.00
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"Pick Your Own Set" > 300ml SAKE x 3 with 2 cold sake glasses_THUMBNAIL
Customize the gift set with your favorite bottles! Price varies depending on your combination.
$32.50
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