Visiting Tomita Shuzo - Shiga's Shichihonyari

I first saw Tomita Shuzo in Japan's Shiga Prefecture on a visit I took there in 2008. It's interesting to note that it seems both a lot and nothing has changed. The brewery is still making small batches by hand with a small staff and achieving…

Visiting Shata Shuzo - Ishikawa's Tengumai

One of the most well known sakes in Ishikawa Prefecture is Shata Shuzo's Tengumai. I recently had the opportunity for return trip to Ishikawa and didn't want to miss another chance to see the latest goings on at Tengumai. We were lucky enough…

Visiting Miyasaka Brewery - Nagano's Masumi

Miyasaka Shuzo's Masumi is a well known and well loved brand of sake in the U.S. and one that was among the very first sakes I ever tried. It was therefore a long, long overdue visit, when the stars aligned and I got a chance to visit Nagano…

Sake Discoveries & Kaburaki Kutani Ware at BoConcept

Last night was a night of beautiful sake and Kutani Porcelain at the elegant BoConcept store in Chelsea. Organized by our friend Chizuko of Sake Discoveries, the event featured a range of top end sakes and a display of gorgeous porcelain made…

Akita Fall Sake Tasting 2012

The genius behind the Akita Sake Club's bi-annual tasting event is that, contrary to the name, they don't limit their sakes to Akita sakes only. About half are from Akita, but it's a wonderful chance to taste sakes from all over Japan with…

Fukuju Night at Sakagura

Last night, I enjoyed another fun night of sake at Sakagura. Fukuju brand, made by Hoygo's Kobe Shushinkan Brewery was celebrated and they offered a tasting set for all the guests. Visiting directly from the brewery was Mr. Kubota. Each…

Hiyaoroshi Hijinks: Nov. 2012 Urban Sake Tasting Club!

Last night was the second Urban Sake Tasting Club Event! We held our event at Sakagura and focused this time on Hiyaoroshi Sakes, which are also known as "Fall Namas". We started the meeting with a fun "kagami biraki" which is a ceremonial…

Fukuju Sake Tasting at Sakaya

Hyogo's own Kobe Shushinkan Brewery recently made their debut of their "Fukuju" brand at New York's most famous sake store Sakaya. Mr. Kubota came directly from the Brewery to introduce his sakes here in New York. On this night, he was…

Kyoto Brewery Visit: Kinoshita Shuzo - Tamagawa

Earlier this year, Mr. Philip Harper, master sake brewer at Kyoto's Kinoshita Sake Brewery came to NYC to promote his outstanding Tamagawa brand of sake. I used the opportunity to snag not only an interview with Philip, but also finagled an…