Masumi-kibo 1637

There are a few signs of Spring that are unmistakeable… That first warm day when you step outside and smell that fresh clean air, the blossoming of the nearby trees and of course, the arrival of Masumi Arabashiri! Miyasaka Brewery just arrived in town and have kicked off a week of events all around New […]

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The year 2011 is one I can assure you I will never forget. The March 11th Great East Japan Earthquake and it’s aftermath with stay with me forever. I was in Japan on that day and now that over 9 months have passed, I can see even more clearly how deeply it affected me. I […]

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Last monday night I had a wonderful opportunity to attend a stellar Sake pairing dinner at 15 East Restaurant. This evening was unique for me at 15 East, as I’m usually there for sushi. While there was plenty of great raw fish and a sashimi plate to die for, the evening’s courses focused more on the food from the kitchen as prepared by Chef Shigeru Sugano in a kaiseki style.

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When I first heard about the UK-based Japan Affairs Forum working on organizing a volunteer project focused on helping sake breweries, I knew I had to be involved. I think this will be an amazing opportunity to help Japan while we are there, but also learn about sake and the current challenges being faced in […]

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Since the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11th, everyone in Japan, New York and all over the world has wanted to do their part to support the Breweries from the Tohoku Region in Northern Japan. It’s common sense that one concrete way I can make a small step towards standing with Tohoku Breweries is […]

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Nishimoto Sake Importers recently held their annual sake tasting blowout at EN Japanese Brasserie. I’ve attended this event several years in a row and it’s always very fun – and very delicious. This year, the highlights include some new sakes! First and foremost, both Wakatake and Kagatobi are bringing in new Nigoris (yea!) Naraman was […]

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NYC in May 2011 was chock-a-block full of sake events – just the way I like it! One of the highlights was a special Kaiseki dinner featuring Daishichi sakes held at the Kitano hotel’s Hakubai restaurant.. Daishichi Sake Brewery was established in 1752, and is based in Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Japan. Daishichi is world famous […]

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My next Sake Seminar at the Astor Center was recently mentioned in Chopsticks Magazine. I’ll be pouring some Nanbu Bijin Sake in the class and if you pick up this month’s Chopsticks, you can see a brief mention about the class and some of the benefits of attending a sake seminar and tasting Nanbu Bijin. It’s a great sake and a wonderful example to use in class, too. Chopsticks also shows me in my “Sake Samurai” outfit – head to toe formal men’s kimono! You might not see that in class, but the sakes and tasting will be a blast. I hope you’ll join me!

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After a fun night at the Akita Sake Tasting, I was ready for more, so I made my way over to Sakagura for their advertised Rihaku Sake Night! I Saw Rihaku’s President Mr. Yuichiro Tanaka recently at the Japan Society event, so I was looking forward to trying more delicious Rihaku. Rihaku Shuzo was founded in 1882 in Shimane Prefecture Japan and is named for a famous poet who is kown to have said, “I drink a bottle, and can write 100 poems.” The same is true for me, but with sake blog posts instead.

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It’s been a whirlwind of activity on the NYC sake scene this month. Things really picked up pace with the always enjoyable Akita Sake Club event happening on May 13. This year, sakes from all over Japan were served and lots of activities were focused on raising funds for Japan earthquake relief. There were a […]

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Have you been to any of the Lucky Rice Events? I was recently pouring sake at the super-duper elegant event Lucky Rice Grand Feast event at the swanky Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Everyone was dressed to the nines! Folks were very interested in learning about sake and impressed with the vast selection of sakes! Several people […]

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On May 3rd, Sakagura Restaurant hosted an annual sake event the “Ohanami” Sake tasting. This event featured sake from lots of distributors! This event was a blast. I tasted several sakes I know and love and (one of my favorite things to do) I also got the chance to try some new sakes I have […]

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UPDATE: April 4th 2011 — The PayPal Donation Page for the Japan Sake Brewer’s Assoc Jr. Council is temporarily not working. I’ll be updating this page as soon as new details are available. Thanks for considering a donation to directly help sake brewers! We’ve all been touched by the recent tragedy in Japan. Many beloved […]

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Before we leave 2010 behind us forever, I wanted to take a look back at this year and highlight some master brews we encountered over the last 12 months. It’s been an awesome year – both for sake and for myself! I got to travel to Japan twice this year which is a dream come true. Tasting new sakes is always a thrill and 2010 allowed me to do lots of that. What could be better?!

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I recently attended the JFC Sake Expo in Manhattan. This is a trade event that introduces sakes imported by the sake importing company JFC. For me, it’s a great chance to get up close and personal with some of the great sakes brought to the States. Here’s a sampling of what I tasted at this […]

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