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New brews on Sake Social!

Ok folks, we just added another 3 awesome brews to our store.   These godly brews sing their own, distinctive tune.   Starting with the stunning Miyosakae Tenmi. Cool bottle. Awesome taste. Great pairing with sushi/sashimi or light appetizers. Yes...

Types of Sake

Sake is a Japanese alcohol that is unique in its own special way. The Japanese legal name for the drink is Seishu. It is made from sake rice which is fermented in the presence of fungus and yeast. There are...

Sake or Saki?

Sake is a well-loved Japanese alcohol that has gained popularity in many parts of the world. It is made from fermented rice. While some people may refer to the drink as a rice wine, the truth is that sake is...

Sake Containers

Sake Boxes   Sake is a traditional Japanese rice alcohol that is made by fermenting milled rice in the presence of fungus and yeast. The drink is brewed in a unique manner. The milled rice is converted into starch quickly...

How To Drink Sake

Sake is a Japanese drink that is made by fermenting rice. It is often referred to as a wine but is brewed quite differently. Also, the Alcohol by Volume (ABV) of sake is far higher than that of wine or...

Buying Sake Online

Buy Sake Online   If you enjoy your cup of sake you will want to buy a bottle, or several bottles, of high quality sake. There are many different types of sake. You may like to experiment and try a...

Sake Social v4.0

So, ummm...we screwed up. We got too cute on sakesocial.com v3.0. We created a more visual homepage, with all purchase roads essentially going through a "Help Me Choose" wizard that asked a few questions and then sorted through all our...

Sake Social heads to Japan to represent the US online sake market

Sake Social was one of 2 US based companies invited to Japan in July of this year (2013) to represent the sake market--Sake Social as the largest online retailer, and the other company a quickly growing importer. There were another...

 

It's all about the sake packaging!

On a recent trip to Japan to meet with a number of breweries sponsored by JETRO, I came across an interesting brewery where the focus was not necessarily on the product, but on the packaging--and its REALLY cool packaging (see...


 

What is koji - really?

Confused about the word koji? Is it the mold or is it the molded rice?   When speaking about the actual mold (Aspergillus Oryzae) you would say the word "koji-kin" - this is the yellow mold that influences flavor and...

 

How can you determine the age of a bottle of sake?

Today, with premium sakes that are being served chilled it is harder to mask stale or off-sake. As such there are several pointers that one can look for to make sure that you are getting sake that is fine for...

 

Storing sake once a bottle has been opened...

Recently opened a bottle of sake? Wondering how long it will keep its "freshness"? Want to know what happens to the flavor over time? How about storing it once its been opened?   Sake is a wonderful thing in that...

 

Why is winter the official sake brewing season?

I get this question a lot, and, to answer, I will do a David Letterman-style Top 10 "Reasons Why Sake Was Made In The Winter" List:   10. Rice was planted in the spring and harvested in the fall.  ...

 

Sake Bombs? The True Story

The origins of the "Sake Bomb" are as confusing as who created the Caesar Salad! Some say that American sailors practiced their "depth charges" when stationed in Japan; while others say that it occurred late one evening in Manhattan when...

Sake Exported To The US Is Different – Yawn!

Every so often I will get that person who tries to convince me that the sake that is exported to the US had been "treated" to meet FDA regulations. They say how sake tastes so much better in Japan, because...

Aging Sake – Hey I Found a Bottle of Sake in My Closet – Is it Still Good?

As we all know, sake is a perishable product that is pasteurized and does not use the long lasting aging agents such as sulfites found in wine. Wine of course wins the battle of being able to lay bottles down...

Can you serve sake on the rocks?

Many breweries recommend that you can add ice to your sake but I do not.Why? Firstly, the water that makes up the ice is not the same water used for brewing - not even close! Thus, you will alter the...

SakeSocial adds more premium Japanese sake to it's inventory

I am *very* excited to announce that we have added a new premium Japanese sake importer, JFC International, growing our total inventory to close to 100 brews.   To see the whole collection, click the following link:   http://www.sakesocial.com/collections/jfc-sake  ...

Will sake make me fat?

Hmmmmm! This question was asked several years back and I think my response was that everything today makes you fat. Seriously though, this question is very pertinent in the alcohol world. All booze is "fattening." It's that simple. There is...

When do you warm sake?

As you know, of all the liquid libations out there sake has by far the greatest temperature swing points from volcanic lava hot to slushy frozen cold. Each zone is well defined and well "preached" by the brewers. Every sake...

How to Heat Sake -- and Why!

First let’s cut to the chase. Heating sake is good! When you have had bad hot sake it wasn’t the fact that hot sake is bad it’s that bad sake makes for bad hot sake. Most of the sakes that...

The Gary V Experience

Not long ago I was asked to visit the radically fun and exciting video blog by the one-of-a-kind on-line wine guru Gary Vaynerchuk at winelibrary.com. A friend sent me the only episode that GV did on sake, and in a...

Clean Burning Fuel

The most dynamic aspect about sake is the simplicity. It really is so simple. Rice and water. That’s it! Well aside from the  elf magic and star dust. Really. Honestly. Okay, I went a little too far with the rice...

My Life as a Kurabito

I have spent a lot of time in Japan, but I have never lived there. I think that there is a big difference in “living” and “visiting” a country. As a visitor one can never see the layers of “routine”...

Selecting Japanese Sakes

Ahhhhhh ye’ol what sakes should I get question? I hear it all of the time – in fact I live it! Basically this is the perfect topic to kill at least five birds with one stone as I get restaurants...

The Name Game

When I get emails from readers, 9 out of 10 will say that they know nothing about sake, which is rubbish and I tell them that! Of course you know something about sake or else you wouldn’t be asking. Does...

Sweet Sake Brews

I have been saying it for years! A starch sweetness is far more muted than a grape juice sweetness. Huh? Converting a starch into a glucose produces a far more mellow “sweet” taste than simply crushing a grape. So! Well...

The Nice "N" Word – Nigoris Past and Present

Nigori, or unfiltered sake, is that really unique brew that has the fog/clouds/fluff at the bottom of each bottle. What the heck is that stuff? As unappealing as it sounds it's really the unfermented rice particles that were not removed....

Time

There is a great scene in the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” when the best voice-over in Hollywood – Morgan Freeman – talks about Andy’s love of rocks for his chess set, and for the little rock hammer that eventually buys...

The Tasting Game

So how do you taste sake? Depends on your definition of taste. (Does that sound remotely like a Clintonian question?) Is taste flavor? Is taste feeling? Is taste simply tasting? Wow – this is spinning out of control right off...

Genshu – The Undiluted Brew!

Yes – there are many out there who perceive sake to be a hard alcohol! What does hard mean? Hard to wake up in the morning? You bet! No, usually hard means “distilled.” Sake is not distilled; rather it is...

Sake Similarities

Is a Ford Focus similar to a Ford Mustang? How about Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot” and “Cujo”? What about Subway’s 5-Foot “Cold Cut Combo” and it’s “Subway Club”? In most cases anything made by the same company, person, or group...