Takara Sake USA

Takara Sake USA, Berkeley: Hours, Address, Takara Sake USA Reviews: 4.5/5

Takara Sake USA
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Speciality Museums • Breweries
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
Sake Brewery. Offering Sake Tasting Room & Sake Museum at our brewery. Takara Sake USA Inc. was established in 1983 in Berkeley, CA. We have taken pure snow melt from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and superior rice from the fertile Sacramento Valley. To this we apply traditional sake-making craftsmanship and modern technology to produce a sake truly represent our terroir. Home for Sho Chiku Bai brand and many more.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Warren W
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Local high quality sake.
Aug 2019
I went during a weekday and was about the only person there. It was amazing to see the museum and get a chance to sample a variety of local and imported sake.
Written April 13, 2020
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Eric M
Montreal, Canada73 contributions
Excellent Sake Tasting Experience
Jun 2019 • Friends
I visited the Takara Sake tasting room and museum with a friend and we were amazed by the experience. Mika guided us through our Sake tasting, and took the time to explain the various aspects of sake and what makes them different. It was a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Sake! You can also purchase a variety of sakes at very good prices.

Thanks again to Mika for the wonderful afternoon!
Written June 27, 2019
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oaklandmomcat
Oakland, CA55 contributions
There's more to sake than you think
Mar 2019 • Friends
I have brought three different people to this tasting and about to take the fourth. Each flight has been different - tailored to the expertise, taste preference, and budget of my guest. You'll learn a bit about the history and brewing method of sake then watch bottles being filled on conveyor belts through a window to the floor below. Sake comes warm or cold, clear and clean, or flavor rich, even bubbly. There really is a sake for everyone.

Do your budget a favor and watch for a Groupon instead of paying full price, You get get a couple of bottles or sake (sometimes more) in the deal.

Parking can be difficult and is restricted to 2 hours in the neighborhood. It's free on Sunday. Plan to eat something afterwards if you are driving. Check TripAdvisor advice for restaurants nearby. Most are quite good and the bit of walk to get to them will assist with the after sake buzz.
Written June 17, 2019
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Scanner_Lewis
Natick, MA377 contributions
Kampai!!
Aug 2018 • Friends
The building appears to be a combination of an office building and a warehouse--which it is. However, one floor above street level is a beautiful tasting room and sake museum. The floor is covered with tiles made of recycled bottles and clay. This is normally porous to prevent runoff outside but here it is sealed for cleaning. The wooden columns are made of recycled lumber put together and smoothed. It is quite nice. There is an area where a video on the making of sake is shown. An adjacent room is a museum showing the making of sake up to the 19th century with tools and equipment keyed to the instructions. The main point is the sake tasting tables. Normally, you can get a flight of 6 or 7 samples for a reasonable fee ($10-15 when we were there). Obviously, they will also sell you bottles of sake.

What sort of visit was this? Family (adults)
Written August 15, 2018
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rduinc
Saint Louis, MO2,245 contributions
One of a kind experience!
Mar 2018 • Couples
Stopped at this place due to a recommendation from the visitors information center and glad we did. Takara is a producer of sake and they have a nice (but small) museum showing how sake is produced, along with a short video. The main event, is the sake tasting. I don't remember the cost, but it wasn't bad, and we got to try half dozen different sakes and found out we really liked it. The location is a bit off the beaten path but well worth the effort to get here.
Written April 25, 2018
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Edward M
Alameda, CA51 contributions
An incredibly magical An incredible visit to a Sake museum and tasting room.
Apr 2018 • Friends
As we arrived to the building, you get the immediate scent of Sake being made. We are then invited to see a film on the process of how Sake is made. The museum shows the equipment used from the early 19th century. The tasting room attendant Mariko was very helpful explaining the various products they represent. We left having a tremendous appreciation for this incredible beverage that goes backs many centuries. This is a very diversified beverage.
Written April 11, 2018
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Sarah T
Oakland, CA118 contributions
Make it part of a foodie tour in Berkeley
Jan 2018 • Family
Takara has a nice self-guided tour here. The sake tasting that follows is fairly priced and if you don't know anything about sake they give you helpful information.( I drink a lot of sake and we have a sake sommelier in the family, and we still enjoyed the museum, 10 min video, tasting and ambiance.) The Organic Nama is really good, if you like sweeter sake.
Make it part of a foodie experience:
1. free museum and low-priced tasting at Takara
2. about 4 blocks away is Vik's Chaat House; excellent Indian food and little grocery store.
3. drive or walk to the other side of the freeway to the gentrified part of 4th Street, with a plethora of food and non-food stores for shopping. Plan dinner here.
Written January 17, 2018
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PearlCanada
Canada56 contributions
An awesome deal for a very unique experience!
Jul 2017 • Couples
Takara Sake is set in a large, airy and interesting room. First, you are invited to view their museum which has original sale making equipment from Japan plus an explanation of how sake is made. Then a short video is offered (optional). Next, a very friendly and knowledgeable guide takes you through the tasting. You can choose your sake but we took the guide's recommendation as we were sake amateurs! It is a "stand at the bar" setting with "a touch of class". The entire experience cost $5 - $10 per person and purchasing sake is entirely up to you and they are not pushy in this regard. Also, a couple can actual share a tasting if you really do want to just have a sip of each one and don't mind sharing the cup. We discovered that we actually do like Japanese sake 😃. I strongly recommend this place for adults enjoying taste experiences.
Written July 23, 2017
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Michael M
California1 contribution
Better than expected
Mar 2017 • Couples
This was quite fun. The museum aspect was not much to see but the 10 minute film showing how sake is made in the traditional way was interesting. The highlight, of course, was tasting the different styles of sake. For $10 each, we tasted a flight of 6-7 different styles. Some served cold, some warm and some at room temp. I learned that warm sake should be served between 100-105 degrees F.

I would go again.
Written March 6, 2017
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Dianah R
San Leandro, CA1,717 contributions
A unique experience
Feb 2017 • Couples
I've always wanted to do a tasting here and finally got to go yesterday. A group of 4 of us showed up around 4:30 for a drop in tasting. We only had to wait about 20 minutes, which didn't seem so bad on a Saturday. I know they do have reservations for 6 max online.

They have a variety of different tastings available ranging between $5 & $10. They staff is kind and knowledgeable and the variety is surprising. You get a decent buzz off of one tasting. Do try the dessert ones! They are actually all pretty delicious.
Written February 5, 2017
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Takara Sake USA is open:
  • Tue - Tue 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed - Mon 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM