Sunflower Sake Clubs
The Sunflower Sake Club uses its monthly selections to deep dive on special bottles, special stories, and education: teaching you how to understand, pair, and enjoy sake casually at home.
These 2-3 bottles may be some combination of 180ml, 300ml, and 720ml formats, discounted 10% from their retail price, and available for pick up the first Tu-Wed of the month (or free delivery the first Thursday of the month).
With each bottle you'll receive a full backstory, tasting notes, recommended pairings, and a breakdown of why the sake tastes the way it does. A few shipments/year may include small additional items, such as a locally made sake cup, a delicious otsumami (sake snack), or a holiday card. 🌻
The monthly club contains a mix of everyday, special occasion, and seasonally appropriate brews. Because we can play with format and size, there's a lot of flexibility to include some really special bottles! And in addition to Japanese imports, I have collaborations planned with American craft breweries as well: handcrafted, small batch brews, fresh off the press.
Club membership also includes the following benefits:
- Free taster flight of club sake for those picking up their shipment in person ($10 for non-members), or
- Free delivery to the Portland metro area the Thursday following club day
- Discounted shipping (Oregon only)
- $0 corkage for club members
- While current, club selections are discounted 10%
- Classes and events are discounted 20%
- Exclusive choice and use of a personal sake cup from the Sunflower collection, which is stored at Sunflower in a special drawer under your name. This benefit will redeem at the opening of Sunflower Sake's permanent location in Summer 2022. 1 per person, up to 2 per membership.
Selections follow the seasonal sake release calendar:
Spring: fresh, lightly sparkling, unpasteurized Arabashiri, Shiboritate & Namazake, as well as fresh and delicate umeshu.
Summer: more Namazake as well as Natsuzake, aka Summer sake. Light, often lower alcohol, chillable or great served over ice. This shipment might also include selections for camping and late nights around the fire.
Autumn: Hiyaoroshi: nutty, slightly richer, often heatable, as well as Doburoku signalling the onset of harvest and the new rice crop.
Winter: celebratory Daiginjo, aged selections for heating, end of autumn Hiyaoroshi (banshu uma zake), yuzu and aged umeshu, as well as Shiboritate and live nigori from small American craft sake brewers.
Added membership benefits are the same as the monthly subscription (see above)
To sign up for either club, please complete the following form or email us.
Important notes & disclaimers:
Waitlist: Membership slots may be limited as supplies depend on 3-4 months of advance planning. A waitlist will be maintained when club spots are unavailable.
Seasonal Club Fulfillment: Because of the unpredictable nature of shipping in COVID, seasonal club shipments are estimated to be available sometime in Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Sept), Fall (Oct-Nov), and Winter (Dec-Jan). For context, in 2021 Hiyaoroshi (Fall sake) was released in Japan ~September 1st but didn't land in Portland until mid-December (October in 2020)!
Once the seasonal sake shipment has landed, I’ll send out an email notification to club members for the following week alerting you when your shipment is available for pick up/delivery or when it's going in the mail and when your card will be charged.
Shipping: Currently, shipping is only available in Oregon. For the monthly club shipping is a flat rate of $20; for the quarterly club $30, and when both can be combined, total shipping is $35. If you'd like to add bottles to your club order, note that it can be very cost effective to increase up to a case.
Please also note that per the requirements of the OLCC, an adult with photo ID must be present to receive the delivery.
Payment: Club payments are processed on release day. A valid credit or debit card is required for membership.
Limited Product Availability: While active, each club selections are 10% off for members of the respective club. However, please note that they may be subject to availability. This is especially true for seasonal selections which are imported in limited quantities.