@Hungrydrunk My recs based on this menu from Yelp! dated 11/17/2017:
Bottles offered near your range include:
$45 - Otokoyama Tokubetsu Junmai
$55 - Kimura Akita Issui Junmai Genshu
$75 - Kakeya Unpasteurized Junmai
$55 - Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo
$55 - Cowboy Yamahai Junmai Ginjo
$60 - Dewazakura Oka “Cherry Bouquet” Ginjo
$60 - Dewazakura Izumijudan Ginjo
$55 - Makiri Kimoto Junmai Ginjo
$55 - Kamoizumi Junmai Daiginjo
$55 - Dassai Junmai Daiginjo
Most of these also appear to be offered by the glass for $10-$12.
For the sake beginner…
Styles: Junmai Ginjo
From this list, I recommend: $55 - Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo
Because: This is an extremely popular offering from an extremely popular sake brewer. This is a straight-down-the-middle fastball.
For the IPA drinker…
Styles: nama sake, genshu
From this list, I recommend: $75 - Kakeya Unpasteurized Junmai
Because: This sake is unpasteurized, which almost always results in more pronounced, fruity flavors. Extra points (and flavor) because this sake is muroka nama genshu.
For the whiskey drinker…
Styles: koshu (aged sake), kimoto, yamahai
From this list, I recommend: $55 - Cowboy Yamahai Junmai Ginjo or $55 - Kamoizumi Junmai Daiginjo
Because: Both of these are outside-the-norm sake. Cowboy Yamahai is dry with powerful flavors, Kamoizumi has a distinct shiitake-ish umami profile.
My choice: $75 - Kakeya Unpasteurized Junmai