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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

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    • 5.0 • 37 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 Etiquette

    Sake Etiquette

    Episode 82.  Japan is well known as an exceedingly polite country but along with this comes a bevy of rules and regulations to guide manners and behaviors for just about every social situation.  This applies to sake drinking as well with a list of dos and don'ts when it comes to drinking culture.  This week Tim and John explore the world of sake etiquette and all that that entails.  From how to pour sake to how to receive sake, do you know the rules? The more formal the situation, the more likely it is that the sake etiquette will be more strictly adhered to.  Beyond just being polite, sake etiquette also helps us dive deeper into understanding Japanese culture as a whole. For example, the idea of "wa" or group harmony is at the root of some ideas that drive sake manners. However you slice it, sake manners are important.  With that in mind, let's listen in and learn to mind our Ps and Qs while sipping sake!
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    • 34 min
    Sake Spotlight: Nagano

    Sake Spotlight: Nagano

    Episode 81. This week, let's peruse another prefecture and visit what's known as the "Roof of Japan", the mountainous, landlocked and high altitude Nagano Prefecture. This prefecture is most widely known as the host of the 1998 Winter Olympics but it is also famous for its photogenic snow monkeys that love to warm up in the onsen hot springs in winter. The many towering mountain chains of Nagano provide snow melt water to much of the region and because of this, Nagano has the second highest number of sake breweries of any prefecture.  John and Timothy sample a sake from a quintessential brand of Nagano: Masumi, and they explore their flagship, the Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri Junmai. The guys really dig deep and "talk turkey" about this brew.  Join us for another virtual outing to a sake-centric prefecture as we explore and sip our way through Nagano!
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    • 34 min
    Wild Rice: Gohyakumangoku

    Wild Rice: Gohyakumangoku

    Episode 80. It's time to get wild again! Wild about sake rice, that is.  This week we zero in on a premium sake rice that is elegant and a true workhorse: Gohyakumangoku. This is not a sake rice name that rolls off the tongue on first glance, but it is well worth getting to know.  Once you've conquered the pronunciation, the rest is pure enjoyment.  Gohyakumangoku is the second most produced premium sake rice in Japan and comes from the land of clean, crisp and dry sake: Niigata Prefecture.  As you might expect, this rice produces sake that tends to be lighter, cleaner and more airy - perfect for Niigata's regional style.  We'll be tasting a classic Niigata sake to examine these characteristics a bit deeper and to see what Gohyakumangoku sake rice brings to the party.  Join us as we go a bit gaga for Gohyaku!


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    • 27 min
    Focus on Filtering

    Focus on Filtering

    Episode 79.  This week we pay another visit to the Sake Education Corner to focus on what is known as "roka" or fine particulate filtering.  this can be done by both a activated carbon powder or by a micron filter.  The sake industry is full of debate as to whether filtering strips all the personality out of sake, or provides a clarity for color and flavor.  At the end of the day it is up to our palate and our preferences!  To test the waters, we are sampling one "muroka" or non-charcoal filtered sake, and one standard filtered sake.  The differences are subtle and interesting.  What Brita does to our tap water, brewers also usually do to our sake as well.  Join us as we focus on filtration for this week's episode!
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    • 33 min
    Branded: Tedorigawa

    Branded: Tedorigawa

    Episode 78. Movies about sake are few and far between, so you can bet that "The Birth of Sake" caught our attention when it was released as a feature length documentary in 2015.  It profiles a brewing season at Yoshida Shuzoten, the makers of Tedorigawa brand sake out of Ishikawa Prefecture.  The story centers on Yasuyuki Yoshida, the 7th generation heir to the brewery and chronicles his path to learning the skills not only to take over as brewery president, but also be come the new master brewer when their toji moves toward retirement.  It's a beautifully shot film that truly takes you inside the brewery.  Just as beautiful is the Tedorigawa sake that is well known as an outstanding example of premium sake with an emphasis on the flavorful yamahai brewing style.  There is a lot to explore as we learn about The evolution of this great Ishikawa brewery.  
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    • 31 min
    Sake Day 2021 Recap

    Sake Day 2021 Recap

    Episode 77. October 1st is the biggest day of the year for us - it's World Sake Day!  2021 saw Sake Day reemerge from the cancellations of last year and there was an array of in-person events happening from coast to coast.  This episode is a recap and overview of some of those events.  Mark your calendars now if you'd like to get involved with sake day next year.   We also get in our usual sake tasting with two fresh and delightful brews: Dan Junmai Ginjo from Sasaichi Brewery and Gangi Hitotsubi from Yaoshin Shuzo.  They are a delicious way to button up our Sake Day experiences and to look ahead to an even bigger sake day next year!
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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37 Ratings

37 Ratings

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.

aknot25754 ,

Great sake podcast!! Highly recommend

I work at Sake bistro in West Hollywood and I have to study a lot about sake in order to explain to customers. Tim and Jihn brake it down and it’s really easy to understand about Sake. Very informative and easy to listen to it. Thank you so much for all of the information! I would love to listen to interview by Toji in Japanese too if there is any chance!

The best jelly game ever ,

A Great Podcast for People in or outside of Japan too!

Being in Japan I feel like I have an unfair advantage —or responsibility— to go out and try many of the sakes introduced in this podcast and it’s absolutely enhancing the local food culture experience! The hosts Timothy and John have great banter together and the topics covered, like debunking myths of nigori sake, are always super interesting and informative. I’m excited to hear more from you guys as I venture further into the world of Japanese sake, so keep up the great work!!

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