MORE THAN BOULDER’S BEST HAPPY HOUR
From seasonal cocktails to the most interesting sakés to the largest selection of Japanese whiskey in Colorado (not to mention an extensive offering of craft beers), Japango has something to suit every taste.
Not a drinker? We have created some excellent mocktails just for you.
Hang out with us for drinks, sushi and more on our Pearl Street and fireside patios or in our comfortable whiskey lounge and saké bar and see why Japango has been a local favorite for nearly 20 years.
Every Japango cocktail is focused on juxtaposing classic traditions with the dynamic energy of today’s modern Japan. We strive to create cocktails that pair perfectly with our food and mirror the flavors of each season. Fresh-pressed juices, homemade tinctures, healthy digestive bitters, and house-infused barrel-aged spirits are just a few of our hallmarks.
A sampling of our newest creations:
Japango Blood and Sand: Cutty Sark Prohibition Whisky, Japango Sarsaparilla Sweet Vermouth, Cherry Heering Liqueur, Japango Stone Fruit Shrubs with Luxardo Foam and Cacao Gun Powder
Fireside Mule: Ketel One Vodka, Japango Mesquite Cordial, Fresh Lime and Ginger Beer with Charred Marshmallow and a spritz of Talisker Storm
Notorious F.I.G.: Black Mission Fig Aged Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Fig-Satsuma Mandarin Balsamic Shrub with Demerara, Orange Peel, Aromatic Bitters and Mint
Our saké selection captures the diversity of everything Japan has to offer. While we’ll never cease to be drawn to a clean, delicate Daiginjo, we’ve become infatuated with the eclectic side of the saké world. We’ve found that the best sakes come with a story and deviate from the norm — bold spunky flavors, unique brewing methods, a female-run brewery (out of about 1,300 breweries, only three are owned by women!) or tiny producers with a Boulder-style “local” sensibility. The saké boom in the U.S. and Japan has paved the way for awesome experimentation and a proliferation of new brewers catering to both celebratory and everyday drinkers. From the purest saké imaginable crafted in an igloo on the northern tip of snow-covered Japan to a flavor bomb with notes of warm, nutty toffee, we’ve got it all.
Some of our current favorites:
Yuho “Eternal Embers” Ishikawa, Japan (Junmai)
Eternal Embers is named after a local festival celebrating the necessary chaos and destruction to lead to progress, Yuho translates to “happy rice” and is also a reference to the city’s supposed UFO sightings. Tasting Notes: Rich and warm with plenty of umami without being cloying — hints of warm caramel, bread pudding, nuts and fig. Suggested Menu Pairings: Uni & Unagi Handroll, Tuna Tataki Sashimi, Sticky Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream.
Tensei “Song of the Sea” Kanagawa, Japan (Junmai Ginjo)
Song of the Sea is an ode to the brewery’s seaside location, the surfing capital of Japan, and is made with a proprietary yeast that imbues a flavor evocative of saltwater taffy. Tasting Notes: Smooth, bursting and balanced with melon, apple, and a crisp, mineral finish. Suggested Menu Pairings: Hamachi Carpaccio, Spicy Hotate Handroll, Nikumaki.
Onikoroshi “Demon Slayer” Shizuoka, Japan (Junmai Daiginjo)
The original “Onikoroshi” (Demon Slayer) is said to have comforted travelers crossing the frigid Oi river, located in the Shizuoka Prefecture. Tasting Notes: Clean but spunky, with hints of tangerine, melon, peach and honey that become richer as it warms, Suggested Menu Pairings: Wild King Salmon, Kitsune’s Kiss Roll, Hamachi Kama.
Dassai 23 “Otter Festival” Yamaguchi, Japan (Junmai Daiginjo)
“23” references the rice grains milled to an astounding and industry leading, 23% of their original size, making this one of the most refined sakes available today. Tasting Notes: Sophisticated and incredibly clean while managing to preserve plenty of layered depth with hints of plum, flowers and slight sweetness. Suggested Menu Pairings: Perfect on its own to start a meal or try with Scallop Sashimi.
Takasago Ginga Shizuku “Divine Droplets” Hokkaido, Japan (Junmai Daiginjo)
This is the only sake in the world brewed in an igloo and “drip-pressed” by hand. The constant temperature (28°F with 90% humidity) inside the igloo enables one of the cleanest, purest sakes available today. Tasting Notes: Silky with a nose of pear and minerals and a lingering clean, balanced finish. Suggested Menu Pairings: Hanami Roll, Barracuda Sashimi, Sunomono Salad.
Our wine program aims to echo the diversity of the fish we serve. Sushi offers the perfect dichotomy of extremely delicate and in-your-face flavors — our wines are chosen to complement or challenge both ends of the spectrum. While sushi-friendly, mineral rich whites, crisp bubbles and soft red varietals dominate our list, bold Barolos and big Cabs are equally represented.
‘Original Vines’ Pinot Gris (2014) — Eyrie Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon
2013 Pouilly Fumé – Domaine Seguin, Loire Valley, France
2015 Cuvee de Reserve Brut – Marc Hébrart, Champagne, France
Rosé – Krug, Reims, France
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – Neal Family Vineyards, Napa Valley, California
2012 Fixin 1er Cru Clos Napoléon – Domaine Pierre Gelin, Coté-D’or, France
2007 Bric Del Fiasc Barolo – Paolo Scavino, Piedmonte, Italy
Much like in the States, Japan is experiencing its own microbrew revolution — gone are the days of the light lager ruling the beer world in Japan (though we will always carry the standbys). At Japango, we offer brews with infusions of fresh crushed ginger, salted plums and bonito flakes as well as uber sushi-friendly experimental offerings. Our selection is rounded out by plenty of Colorado natives, incredibly rare seasonals, big barrel-aged sours, gluten-free beers and even our own exclusive collaborations with beloved local producers, Avery and Funkwerks.
A sampling of our unique brews:
Saison du Japon (saison with yuzu juice)
Hitachino Nest – Ibaraki, Japan
Arigato (whiskey barrel aged quad)
Japango & Funkwerks – Fort Collins, CO
Rosabi (imperial brewed with wasabi root)
Dogfish Head – Milton, DE
Sanctification (brettamonyces-fermented golden ale)
Russian River Brewing Company – Santa Rosa, CA
Wild Child (whiskey barrel-aged Reverend with yuzu, tart cherry and ginger)
Japango & Avery – Boulder, CO
The worldwide whiskey boom was intensified by the rediscovery of Japan’s distinguished single malts, renowned for their subtle, refined flavors and mastery of classic traditions. At Japango, we offer the largest selection of Japanese whiskey in Colorado, including Yamazaki Sherry Cask — named “the best whiskey in the world” in 2013 and still easily holding this position today. While Japanese whiskey pairs perfectly with our cuisine, Kentucky bourbon also holds a special place in our hearts — we work to provide the most extensive selection of nearly impossible-to-get-your-hands-on bourbons, including the complete lineup of always coveted Pappy Van Winkles.
Highlights to sip and savor:
Japanese Whiskey: Hibiki 21 Year, Yamazaki, 18 Year, Yamazaki Sherry Cask
Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle complete collection, complete Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Angel’s Envy Cask Strength
Scotch: Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finished, Highland Park Freya, The Macallan Rare Cask
Rye: WhistlePig Boss Hog, Japango’s own barrel of WhistlePig 10 Year, Angel’s Envy Rye
Fun Fact: Countries with an E in their name (United States and Ireland) tend to spell it “whiskey” (plural whiskeys) while countries without an E in their name (Canada, Scotland, and Japan) spell it “whisky” (plural whiskies).