170 episodes

America's First Sake Podcast. Power to the Sake People! Join your hosts sake otaku John Puma and sake samurai Timothy Sullivan as they explore the world of Japanese Sake. This podcast will help you know where to get started with sake. Every week, we'll teach you something new about sake in a fun and easy to understand segment, we call the "Sake Education Corner". It wouldn't be a sake podcast with out some sake tasting! We'll profile and taste some of our favorite sakes. Check out the show notes if you'd like to get the sakes for yourself and taste along with us. We want to make sake accessible, fun and easy to understand. We hope you'll join us! Kanpai

Sake Revolution Timothy Sullivan, John Puma

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 47 Ratings

America's First Sake Podcast. Power to the Sake People! Join your hosts sake otaku John Puma and sake samurai Timothy Sullivan as they explore the world of Japanese Sake. This podcast will help you know where to get started with sake. Every week, we'll teach you something new about sake in a fun and easy to understand segment, we call the "Sake Education Corner". It wouldn't be a sake podcast with out some sake tasting! We'll profile and taste some of our favorite sakes. Check out the show notes if you'd like to get the sakes for yourself and taste along with us. We want to make sake accessible, fun and easy to understand. We hope you'll join us! Kanpai

    Sake Vessels: Tokkuri

    Sake Vessels: Tokkuri

    Episode 169. This week, we are returning to our series on sake vessels, but this time looking at sake serviceware in particular. We're focusing in on the Tokkuri, the workhorse carafe used for sake service across the world. Tokkuri carafes can be used to serve sake chilled, room temperature, and to warm it up as well. The materials used to make tokkuri run the gamut from metal to glass to wood, with the most popular being ceramic. However utilitarian, use of the tokkuri come...

    • 29 min
    Prefecture Profile: Exploring Oita with Chris Johnson

    Prefecture Profile: Exploring Oita with Chris Johnson

    Episode 168. We are off to explore the sake scene in another region of Japan! This time it is beautiful Oita Prefecture! As we don't know much about Oita, despite there being 33 sake breweries there, we needed to phone-a-friend. Luckily for us, our buddy Chris Johnson (aka The Sake Ninja) lived for 3 years in rural Oita on the Jet program. Chris gets us up to speed on the charms of Oita as well as the local customs and food culture. We also hear tales of Onsen that are...

    • 34 min
    Funky Packaging: Kikusui Funaguchi Smart Pouch

    Funky Packaging: Kikusui Funaguchi Smart Pouch

    Episode 167. If we think about sake, usually an image of a glass bottle pops to mind. But if we scratch the surface and investigate a bit more the way that sake is packaged and shipped, there is a world of variety out there you may not have considered! This leads us to our latest series we are calling "Funky Packaging"... think of it as sake beyond the glass bottle. Cups, bags, paks, and today's packaging - the Kikusui Funaguchi "Smart Pouch". It's kinda like a Capri Sun and...

    • 31 min
    Funky Packaging: Maneki Wanko

    Funky Packaging: Maneki Wanko

    Episode 166. If we think about sake, usually an image of a glass bottle pops to mind. But if we scratch the surface of exploring how sake is packaged and shipped, there is a world of variety out there you may not have considered! This leads us to our latest series we are calling "Funky Packaging" - think of it as sake beyond the glass bottle. Cups, bags, pouches, and today's inaugural packaging - the Tetra Pak Juice Box. Could this form factor we know from our school lunchbo...

    • 29 min
    Kobo Chronicals: CEL-24

    Kobo Chronicals: CEL-24

    Episode 165. If you hear the term "CEL-24" and the first thing you think of is prison, and not a sake yeast, I don't think anyone would blame you. But today we're here to spread the word on CEL-24 sake yeast and it's role in bringing us some of the most fruit-driven sake aromas on the planet. Developed in Kochi prefecture in the 90's, CEL-24 was a response to the market demands for more aromatic and fruity sake styles. And after tasting a CEL-24 sake for ourselves, we can say that...

    • 29 min
    Deep Faith: Supporting Noto

    Deep Faith: Supporting Noto

    Episode 164. On New Year's Day, 2024, the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture was the epicenter of a major earthquake measuring a 7.6 on the Richter scale. The affected areas are especially well known for sake brewing and in Ishikawa in particular, 24 out of 33 Ishikawa Sake Brewery Association member breweries suffered damage, with 8 suffering complete destruction. While the news of the earthquake and the recovery efforts have fallen out of the headlines, we wanted to offer our ...

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Craft Sake Shoten ,

Late to the Party

These podcasts are excellent and on point! As someone living and working in the sake industry in Japan, I’m impressed with the depth and accuracy of the current sake trends/info being broadcast from abroad. Well done! I can’t believe it took me this long to discover….better late than never.

JohnHornick Chef's Apprentice ,

Well Done!

I learned of this great podcast after they had already done over 80 episodes, so I’m trying to catch up. I love learning about sake and these guys are real sake evangelists. I’ve listened to 38 episodes, starting with no. 1, and I can say that Timothy Sullivan and John Puma are doing a great job. They are knowledgeable and entertaining and have a good rapport. Their guests have been interesting and engaging, especially John’s wife. I especially like the Sake Education Corner (wish they would spend more time in that corner) and the educational information they provide as they discuss some of the sakes they taste. I also love hearing about Japan. I have been there many times and miss it. Keep up the good work. Arigato and Kanpai!

damncabs ,

A great sake podcast for beginners and experts.

Thank you Timothy and John for making my train rides to work much more enjoyable. Your show is always teaching me something new about Sake.

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