The sake of beers

Kyoto White Yuzu, Binchoyaki

Illustration by Sarah Hansel

To meet Sacramento’s ever-mounting beer demands, Binchoyaki has found its niche by offering a slate of craft beer imported from Japan. Perhaps the most novel among its selection is the Kizakura Sake Brewing Co.’s first craft malt beverage, the Kyoto White Yuzu ($9). Per the title, the crisp ale contains a hint of yuzu, a Japanese citrus similar to grapefruit. And the beer’s yeast contributes a cloudy body as well as some fruity flavors that land closest to apple. If you’re tired of getting smacked in the face with hops, this sake-maker’s brew provides a far gentler alternative. 2226 10th Street,