Timothy Sullivan Bio

tim_photo.jpgWith his first sip in 2005, Timothy Sullivan simply fell in love with premium Japanese sake. This inspired him to start the first sake blog in the United States: UrbanSake.com. His passion for sake has grown this site into America’s leading resource for sake related news, events and education. In 2007, the Japanese Sake Brewer’s Association awarded Sullivan the title prestigious of “Sake Samurai” in recognition of his work to promote sake outside of Japan. He was the second U.S. resident to receive this honor.

In October 2016, Timothy was granted a Cultural Activities-type Visa from the Japanese Government to study the hands-on and practical aspects of sake making for one year, which he did at the Hakkaisan Sake Brewery in Niigata, Japan.

Based in NYC, Timothy is at the forefront of sake education, both to the general public and also to industry professionals. He combines first hand knowledge of sake brewing techniques along with a deep understanding of the sake industry.

Currently, Timothy Sullivan continues his efforts full time in the sake industry, working to introduce what the Japanese call ‘the drink of the gods’ to new fans in the U.S. and around the world.

To view a selection of Timothy’s sake lectures and webinars, please visit this URL:

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