Jun. 16. 2022 writer:
On the legendary makers’ centennial, Honda Shoten’s president reflects on history and the road ahead
Jun. 2. 2022 writer:
35 years after releasing their famed Kubota brand, the brewer looks to shake things up
May. 19. 2022 writer:
A visit to the humble pioneer shaking the foundation of both doburoku and sake-making, reminding us what’s truly important in the process
May. 16. 2022 writer:
A grassroots pioneer shaking the foundations of sake-making while demonstrating what’s truly important in the process
Apr. 21. 2022 writer:
SAKETIMES speaks to veteran brewmaster Naohiko Noguchi about his sake philosophy and his rise to the top of brewing
Apr. 7. 2022 writer:
Andrew Centofante is the pioneering mind behind North American Sake Brewery and is co-founder of the Sake Brewers Association of North America
Mar. 3. 2022 writer:
Yoshida Sake Brewery turns to local ingredients and community initiatives to protect the environment that sustains it
Feb. 10. 2022 writer:
A Japanese and an American brewery form an international partnership
Jan. 27. 2022 writer:
An innovative gin distilled from recycled sake lees is attracting attention for both its ingredients and its flavor
Jan. 6. 2022 writer:
A look back at the history of a famed Niigata label reveals how it persevered and found fortune.
Dec. 9. 2021 writer:
Three friends in Kentucky bring craft beer insight and new energy to craft sake.
Nov. 18. 2021 writer:
Brothers Oliver and Christian Weibel brew sake outside of Zurich with local flair.
Sep. 23. 2021 writer:
Wetlands Sake uses locally developed and grown Pirogue rice to make junmai sake in the heart of New Orleans.
Aug. 26. 2021 writer:
How a big-name producer broke with tradition for their new brew.
Jun. 10. 2021 writer:
Dewazakura inadvertently contributed to the ginjo sake boom when it gambled on sidestepping government regulations.
May. 6. 2021 writer:
An innovative brewery impresses on the global stage with a double win for their KID sake label.
Apr. 1. 2021 writer:
How did the world-famous sake brand Dassai achieve its stellar global reputation? Dassai head Sakurai spills the details.
Feb. 21. 2020 writer:
In the sake world, it’s often the toji - or "brewmaster" - who gets the lion’s share of the praise. But while toji may play a very important role, sake brewing requires a lot of hands on deck - some of whom, increasingly, contribute skills that have little to do with the actual brewing process. Breweries like Tatenokawa, Inc. are starting to take seriously the parts of the business that don’t get fermented and bottled, often to great effect.
Feb. 13. 2020 writer:
In most businesses, the idea of a company lying dormant for a century and returning as a successful operation is unheard of. But in the sake world anything is possible and the only kura currently brewing in the heart of Tokyo is a perfect example. It’s also a great sake destination in its own right for anyone visiting the Tokyo area.
Feb. 6. 2020 writer:
For a Japanese sake manufacturer, KIKUSUI is making unprecedented headway in the American market. KIKUSUI president Daisuke Takasawa explains the company's international success in this exclusive interview.
Why Tour a Brewery When You Can Spend the Weekend in One? World’s First Sake Brewery Hotel to Open in Nagano
Jan. 23. 2020 writer:
Kurabito Stay, a new start-up in Nagano Prefecture, offers guests three-day, two-night stays in an actual sake brewery. It’s such a perfect travel experience for fans of sake or Japanese culture in general that it’s a surprise no one’s thought of it sooner. But, Kurabito Stay wasn’t easy to get off the ground, and took some ingenuity and a little luck for mother-turned-entrepreneur Mariko Tazawa to pull off.
Jan. 16. 2020 writer:
Sipping sake from a can could very well become a prominent scene in the beverage’s future.
Jan. 9. 2020 writer:
The sake industry is currently in a new state of change. Domestic demand is continually slipping and yet global sales have never been better and continue to grow. This leaves the producers at an interesting crossroads the likes of which they have never seen before. For one group of 12 breweries, the key to drinkers’ hearts worldwide and to the future of sake lies in sustainably and locally produced organic rice made in-house.
Dec. 19. 2019 writer:
A chance encounter led KIKUSUI and their American distributor, Mutual Trading, to join forces in employee education. SAKETIMES goes behind the scenes of the immersive internship at the brewer’s facilities.
Dec. 3. 2019 writer:
Stories abound of age-old sake breweries in Japan passing leadership to younger generations. Obama Brewery in Fukui Prefecture, though, went the extra mile and applied for a new license under the relentlessly rigid National Tax Agency. Here’s how they did what most in the industry call “impossible.”
Nov. 28. 2019 writer:
Taiji Okura has followed a career path traveled by few; partly due to birthright, partly due to personal ambition, he’s carved an interesting trail and is all but destined for greatness. But the likely future head of Gekkeikan says his time spent interning here at this very publication, SAKETIMES, was as important a stepping stone as any on his way to the top.
Sep. 26. 2019 writer:
One of the interesting things about the world of sake is that every one of the thousands of brands has a story behind it. Take Shinho, a junmai sake that was released as a part of the Sake 100 line of luxury brands. This story begins in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture. Once a jewel of the farming industry in Japan, the area suddenly found itself on the brink of collapse.
Sep. 19. 2019 writer:
It’s one small step for Heiwa Brewery, but one giant leap for sake as the daring producer attempts to turn its popular KID brand of junmai daiginjo into literal rocket fuel to power one of Interstellar Technologies Momo commercial rockets. The move has gotten Heiwa a lot of buzz in the media, but it’s other sake breweries that president Norimasa Yamamoto hopes take notice.
Sep. 12. 2019 writer:
Terminal 2 of the airport houses a duty-free liquor shop that lets you sample sake before buying. Team SAKETIMES was invited to get a frontline view of what makes this outlet special.
Sep. 5. 2019 writer:
Yoshihiro Sako bootstrapped his way to creating Den Sake, one of California’s premier small-batch sake breweries
Jul. 11. 2019 writer:
In the worlds of sake and wine alike, descriptions like “luscious fruit” and “warm spices” adorn labels and crop up in discussion describing the “nose” of particular drinks. But what exactly imbues a beverage with these unmistakable aromas without such fruits or spices even being present? It’s time for a chemistry lesson as we take a deep dive into the topic of sake aroma!