American Rice & Mountain Water
Born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Ben’s American Sake has crafted a fresh new take on an ancient beverage: Sake! Our sake is unabashedly American. We aim to remove any pretension from the experience of serving and drinking this refined spirit. Our sake is easy to approach, with new fruit infusions, light carbonation, and packaged in friendly, familiar bottles and cans. Nothing could be more American than Ben’s!
Sake is a trending sector of the beverage market in the US. We are one of the first American craft producers of Sake and other domestic brewers are now entering the market. That said, drinking sake outside of sushi restaurants in the US is unusual, particularly in a casual beer/sake garden setting like Ben's. So why did we try sake? A buzz from sake is light and euphoric, it gives you energy—and because it's naturally gluten free, starting with pure milled rice, it’s hangover free too! In addition, as our nation grows more and more health conscious, having a gluten-free alcoholic option addresses a real need American’s are concerned about. Less of a hangover. Gluten free. Great fresh taste. Try it!
Sake is a hybrid alcoholic beverage that drinks like a wine, but the brewing process is similar to beer. Our batches are brewed with only four ingredients: 60% milled sake rice, house grown koji, sake yeast, and water. We infuse many of our sakes with fruits, spices and herbs to create a one of a kind beverage for a unique experience. In a city that prides itself on being “Beer City USA,” we bring sake to the table with equal pride. Located in the South Slope neighborhood of Asheville, Ben’s American Sake offers a fresh alternative to the many amazing beers coming out of the breweries here.
All of our Sakes are served fresh, unpasteurized (Namazake or “nama sake”) and chilled. This creates a truly unique experience, as almost all sake sold in America have been pasteurized and shipped from Japan. We do serve some traditional styles such as genshu, no water added, and nigori, unfiltered, but our most popular sakes are fruit infused, the best seller being Ben's Lemon Ginger. All sake is naturally Gluten free and vegan.
Heavy - 15.5%
Our traditional Junmai Ginjo sake, this has been filtered then diluted down to 15.5% ABV. Full body, semi-sweet with fruity/ floral notes.
Natural - 15%
Our traditional “Nigori”, means unfiltered. Notes of cream, vanilla and coconut. Full body and mouthfeel.
Lemon Ginger - 13%
Lemon juice with freshly juiced ginger .
Pineapple Jalapeno - 13%
Jalapeno on the nose, balanced with a sweet acidity from the pineapple.
Blueberry Lime - 14%
Blueberries supported with a tartness from the Lime juice.
Crimson Fruit Tart - 14%
Pomegranate, Black Currant, and Blood Orange provide a deep color with rich fruity aromas and a tart finish
Chocolate Nigori - 14%
Blending pure liquid cacao with a sweet nigori creates a full bodied sake that can be described as “adult chocolate milk”.
Orange Creamsicle - 12%
A mimosa version of the Nigori, the Creamsicle is smooth and delicious with a citrus finish to balance out the full body.
Apple Cider Sake - 7%
Finding balance between Hard Cider and Sake this blend is lightly carbonated, crisp, and refreshing.
We also make our own non-alcoholic sodas & teas.
Power Tonic Kombucha:
A yerba maté based kombucha optimized for low acetic acid (vinegar) content is blended with hibiscus and freshly juiced cucumber for a deliciously refreshing and lightly caffeinated beverage.
Blueberry Ginger Citrus Maté:
Fresh brewed yerba maté is blended with blueberry puree, ginger root, lemon juice, lime juice, lactic acid, and a pinch of sugar. This nutrient and caffeine laden beverage has an aroma and taste well balanced between ginger, fruit, citrus, and herbal earthiness.
Prickly Pear Grapefruit Soda:
Prickly Pear and grapefruit are combined with lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and a dash of sugar in this bewitching fruit soda.
Cold Brew Coffee:
Using a custom blend from High Noon coffee roasters in Asheville, our coffee is brewed for 24 hours to provide a robust flavor and effect. It is lightly sweetened for a balanced taste.
Habanero Ginger Ale
Juiced ginger and Habanero are crafted into a refreshing and healthy soda that is low on sugar (~9g per serving) that is fantastic as a mixer or on its own.
Tasting Room Hours:
*Hours subject to change