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 Kumo Izakaya turns 5!
 Especially for dad's, dad's in waiting or maybe dad's - free beer sampler with dinner!*
 All you can eat Japanese Fried Chicken
 Exclusive Sake Dinner with four brewers from Japan.
 All you can eat tempura for $19.50 pp, July 14 - 17
 Special Beer & Sake dinner this Sunday for Good Beer Week
 Mothers Day & Good Beer Week
 All you can eat Japanese Fried Chicken is back!
 Cheese & Sake Tasting Event at Kumo March 11
 Its back! All you can eat gyoza!
 Valentine's Day dinner at Kumo Izakaya
 Cheese and Sake tasting for the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
 Let Kumo cook for you Christmas Eve
 January All You Can Eat Special - Croquettes!
 All you can eat sushi!
 The Age Good Food Month & Christmas Bookings
 Announcing our new "All You Can Eat" special - Crumbed Seafood Skewers
 Celebrate International Sake Day for the next 7 days!
 All you can eat Japanese Fried Chicken!
 Free beer for dad!
 $1 oysters at Kumo!
 Tonight only! Hokkaido inspired 5 course dinner only $59 per person
 Hokkaido Dinner Night
 Kumo celebrates it's 2nd Birthday!
 All you can eat GYOZA! Monday 8 - Thursday 11 July
 10% OFF at Kumo Izakaya and Izakaya Chuji (City & South Melbourne)
 Osaka Dinner Tonight - seats still available!
 Osaka Night, 4 for $40 & Sake Master Dinner
 Kumo visits Osaka
 Sake Master Dinner 7 June 2013
 Free Sake Matching Flight with our $70 set menu.
 May 26 Good Beer Week Dinner
 10% OFF at Kumo Izakaya and Izakaya Chuji (City & South Melbourne)
 Mothers Day Dinner - Sunday May 12
 March 2013 Newsletter - there is a lot going on a Kumo
 A reminder - starting from this Monday - Monday & Tuesday 4 for $40
 Kumo presents Kjetil Jikiun from Nøgne Ø, a very special dinner
 Mondays & Tuesdays - 4 dishes for $40!
 Baby, it's hot outside.
 Kumo yakitori popup is back tonight!
 Yakitori popup tonight 5.30pm - 7pm
 Sake Master dinner tonight!
 Kumo rated in Top 50 Neighbourhood Restaurants in Australia
 Sake it to me! 20% OFF sake bottle sales when you dine at Kumo.
 Our Sakemaster dinners for 2013 kick off February 19, book your place now.
 Valentines at Kumo
 And we're back!
 Christmas & Beer
 We are now serving summer
 Sake Brewery Tour 2013
 Japanese Craft Beer Dinner
 Eat, drink and be merry...
 Sneak peak at our Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event
 Kumo's first ever Whisky Dinner!
 Kumo gets arty
 Spring Sake Carnival
 Home Brews and Sake Sampler Dinner
 Sake and Beer Weather
 Smile...It's International Sake Day TODAY!
 Andre Bishop appearing at Sydney Bar Week
 Meet our Head Chefs
 The best bento box ever!
 Did we mention we have extensive gluten free options...
 Sneaky last minute Sake Master Dinner!
 Spring has arrived at Kumo
 Sake Edutainmeal at Matteo's
 Father's Day Lunch or Dinner at Kumo
 It's our birthday, please join us for dinner.
 Kumo turns 1
 Autumn menu arrives tomorrow, May 1
 Sake Master vs Sommelier
 Kumo Newsletter March 2012
 Product Spotlight: Asabiraki Junmai Okarakuchi Suijin and Echigo Koshihikari Rice Lager
 Product Spotlight: Baird West Coast Wheat Wine and Go Shu Nama Genshu
 Kumo Newsletter February 2012
 Kumo Newsletter January 2012

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  kumo   Product Spotlight: Asabiraki Junmai Okarakuchi Suijin and Echigo Koshihikari Rice Lager  
  Asabiraki Junmai Okarakuchi Suijin // Echigo Koshihikari Rice Lager  

Continuing our journey deep into the Kumo Izakaya drinks menu we have another Sake and Beer we'd love to tell you about!

Asabiraki Junmai Okarakuchi Suijin

We're calling this sake the Izakaya Master! This is a wonderful example of a very versatile dinning sake that can be enjoyed with a variety of Izakaya style dishes. It's subtle nose doesn't compete for attention, but I got a hint of coconut milk. There is very short hit of richness at the front of the palate that is quickly followed by a short dry tail. We'll definitely be enjoying this with our Kumo Izakaya signature pork belly pie.

Koshihikari Echigo Beer

We really like the light crispness of this beer that is typical of clean Japanese lagers. Goes down a treat on hot summer afternoons with most Izakaya dishes, especially great whilst snacking on our barley miso and tofu filled crispy sticks

Brewer's Notes:

Koshihikari Echigo beer is a rice lager style beer that uses super premium short grain rice called Koshihikari. Produced in ideal rice growing region of Niigata prefecture, koshihikari is known to be the best quality rice in Japan. The flavour of this premium beer can only be made with this rice. Out of all ingredients, rice is used 20% when common beer is around 4%.

Using the time consuming decoction method which originated in Germany, Echigo delivers sweetness of the Koshihikari rice to satisfy even the non dry beer drinkers. The brewery holds the high standards when selecting the koshihikari rice, to assure the exquisite flavour outcome. Using 100% malt and nongenetically-modified beer yeast, Echigo beer produces a high quality beer that cannot be imitated.

The beer comes in a very traditionally Japanese looking bottle. Most of the writing is in Japanese on the bottle and the labels has a water colour on it of some people picking rice in a field. It almost look like a sake bottle than a beer bottle.

It's a pale golden pour that comes out of the bottle, with a strong head that quickly fades. There's a slightly acidic tang to the regular lager flavour, which you probably wouldn't notice too much if you weren't on the look out for it.