January 2010

Sake Events - Jan 23rd Nama Day In-Store Tasting, Sake Brewery Tours

Posted by Beau Timken in 2010, January, Newsletter, Sake Tastings
Jan 23rd NAMA Day! In-Store Tasting of Three Namas for a Buck!
  • Saturday January 23rd from 1-6PM
  • Taste three seasonally released unpasteurized sakes
  • $1/person

Sake Brewery Tours Sake Brewery Tours

Over the years I have been asked countless times "How can I visit sake breweries?" and for years I said that if you are lucky then there is a remote chance that a brewery will open their doors to "outsiders." But I also said, "don't hold your breath!" Guess what? You can breathe again because you are in luck! My dear friend Etsuko Nakamura heard all of your pleas and she decided to do something about it! Here is a quick email from her:

Hey Beau, I would appreciate if you could announce to your readers the start of the Sake World Sake Brewery Tours program. Now anyone can access the inner workings of the sake world. Visit Japan, start off with a bit of formal sake education by John Gauntner, then visit several breweries to meet the artisans and learn about them in depth. Tours include dinners each evening designed to match local sake-including the freshest shinshu-and cultural exploration of the region. There are two full-service tours:

Tour I: February 23 to 27 in the Kansai (Osaka/Kyoto/Kobe) area

Tour II: March 15 to 19 in the San-in (Shimane and Tottori) area

For more information, pricing, and reservations please go to saketours.com. Participation is extremely limited!

Etsuko also left some elegant handouts at the store for those who would like to see something in hand form! This is truly a wonderful opportunity and I would jump at this offering if you ever wanted to get up close and into it in a brewery while they are brewing! (Unheard of!)

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