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.
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.
Apple Spice - 12%
Nothing is more American than Apple Pie. We take inspiration from that and combine mulling spices with cider and our Heavy sake to create a wonderful aroma and flavor profile that will make you happy the fall colors have arrived. We offer this served warm to help fight off the winter chill.
Horchata - 14%
This plant based milk beverage spans three continents, usually consisting of rice or almond milk, spiced with vanilla and cinnamon. We use our Natural nigori based and create a full bodied, sweet beverage to help celebrate the holidays.
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:
Brewed for 48 hours this coffee packs a large dose of caffeine in a smooth and slightly nutty beverage that contains a small amount of sugar.
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