Koi is not Coy

Koi is not Coy

The Niigata prefecture has the distinction of having the most breweries. So what makes the Imayo Tsukasa Brewery unique from all the others? As pre...

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Six Sake Sisters: Mandarine

Six Sake Sisters: Mandarine

This summer I am excited to share with you what I have affectionately nicknamed The Six Sake Sisters - a series of fruit infused sakes from the Sek...

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Earth & Sake

Earth & Sake

The ingredients used to make sake also produce a number of other left-over products. From rice husks for animal feed to rice bran for cereal and th...

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How Brews Are Named

How Brews Are Named

Each brewery has a rich in tradition and a story that teaches the history of the brand. Factors including region, marketing, and passion also play ...

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Shochu's Super Power: MOLD!

Shochu's Super Power: MOLD!

What is it about mold that produces something as wonderful as sake and shochu? Those tiny little fungus spores are unique in their own right and re...

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Wagyu & Sake

Wagyu & Sake

On February 24th, 2021, I had the honor of joining acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Charlie Palmer and food photographer/documentarian and Wagyu sp...

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Lento Kokuto

Lento Kokuto

This Lento Kokuto had to be one of the more special tasting experiences I’ve had in recent memory. The sugar cane plantations where the breweries g...

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Nigori Night

Nigori Night

The brewery where this Junmai Bodaimoto Nigori was created is known as Gozenshu Brewery. Founded in 1804 by Yahei Tsuji, a mercer who ventured into...

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Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto

For the Love of Japan & Shochu

A visit to Kumamoto to learn about shochu was a lesson in nature's bounty and the unique craft of shochu distillation.

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MATSUNO MIDORI

MATSUNO MIDORI

Matsuno Midori, from the Kyoto prefecture, was made specifically for the Japanese tea ceremony school, Omotosenke that has direct ties to the OG Go...

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How to Serve Shochu

How to Serve Shochu

Straight? Mixed? Chilled? Warmed? Hot? Shochu really offers an array of options for serving and makes it a most fun and exciting beverage to try. H...

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Sake ware

Sake ware

From tiny cups to wood boxes there are a lot of choices for sipping sake. We encourage experimenting with the traditional, trying the novel, and en...

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