Oct. 1. 2021 writer:
SAKETIMES Correspondent reports what's going on around the world.
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.
Aug. 12. 2021 writer:
Tiny breweries leverage their small scale to stay afloat despite economic pressures.
Jul. 8. 2021 writer:
More breweries are bucking ginjo trends and brewing sake from barely-polished rice.
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. 29. 2021 writer:
With covid threatening restaurants and sake brewers in Japan, one sake maker is using crowdfunding to spread joy and lift up the whole industry.
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.
Jan. 29. 2020 writer:
For decades in Japan, the idea of a start-up sake brewery, or “kura,” was virtually unheard of due to strict government regulation. But, this year sees a significant loosening of these restrictions, making the idea of opening a new brewery much more feasible. It’s an ongoing process of deregulation in its early stages, but here’s what we know so far:
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. 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.
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.
Nov. 5. 2019 writer:
In the news this week: Nagai Brewery’s sake gets the vegan stamp of approval in time for the Olympics. Then, Hokkaido aims to become a major force in sake with Japan’s first brewery operating on a university campus. Finally, OuSake offers a variety of lectures in Shanghai to spread the sake gospel.
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:
Starting from the ground up in a foreign land, Yoshihiro Sako launchedBegan Den Sake in Oakland, California. It’s uncharted territory for the one-man brewery full of challenges, but also full of unlimited possibilities and adventure in a literal wild west of sake.
Jul. 2. 2019 writer:
In the news this week: Cool Japan is looking to show China, Hong Kong, and Macau how cool sake can be. Then, Kiku-Masamune is bringing their long-awaited Hyakumoku sake brand to the United States and threw a bash to celebrate. Finally, those traditional square sake cups called masu are about to get a huge upgrade with holograms and streaming audio.
Jun. 20. 2019 writer:
Sake is sometimes seen as a classy drink which belies the hours of backbreaking labor that goes into making it. So let’s take a look behind the scenes at some of the things brewery staff have to haul around on a daily basis and weigh them all for good measure.
Apr. 30. 2019 writer:
In the news this week: It’s Detroit Rock Sake as several brands of KISS Sake roll out over the year at Tower Records. Then, you can be one of the lucky owners of the first ever sake brewed in Paris by the trailblazers at WAKAZE. Finally, Gekkeikan had the brilliant idea of surveying duty free staff in order to customize a sake that appeals especially to foreign visitors.
Apr. 16. 2019 writer:
In the news this week: Konishi Brewer wasn’t just thinking out loud when they suggested a sake in the shape of Ed Sheeran. Then, a guaranteed gift for the person who has everything - a Bluetooth speaker that looks like the cedar ball traditionally used by sake breweries. Finally, sake breweries are increasingly heading over to crowdfunding site Makuake, inspiring a number of groundbreaking projects.
Mar. 12. 2019 writer:
In the news this week: Hats off to Chang Hung Liang for winning a sake sommelier’s highest honor. Then, SakéOne in the US is hoping you crack open one of their new canned sake offerings. Craft Sake Week returns with a cavalcade of best sake along with delicious meals from Japan’s best restaurants and shops around Japan.
Mar. 5. 2019 writer:
In the news this week: A brand new variation of sake is delivering Parisian chefs into spiritual bliss. Then, a simple yet cleverly effective sticker may help global sake sales. Finally, 20-somethings are likely to spend more on sake for themselves and loved ones, according to a recent survey.
Feb. 26. 2019 writer:
In the news this week: Sake producers Hakutsuru and Takara Shuzo duke it out for the top spot, with a new winner taking the title… for now. Then, the amazing art of Nada sake barrel making is crowned a Cultural Heritage. Finally, VR-enhanced tours let you explore sake breweries from the comfort of home!
Feb. 12. 2019 writer:
"We’ve reached an age in which producing great sake isn’t necessarily enough to translate into great sales."
Jan. 8. 2019 writer:
In the news this week: Not only is New Zealand ready to compete in rugby this year in Japan, but they are bringing their sake game too, with Zenkuro. Then, will you be one of the very few lucky owners of a bottle of Link 8888, an experimental and highly exclusive sake matured in Chivas Regal barrels? Finally, Iki was an island once overflowing with sake, only to go dry 28 years ago, but one brewery has stepped up and decided to bring it back!