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Sake sommelier pairing ideas: Shinsei “Junmai Daiginjo”

September 16, 2020

Sake sommelier pairing ideas: Shinsei “Junmai Daiginjo”

By Alice Hama

Yamamoto Honke was established in 1677 in the Fushimi Ward of Kyoto Prefecture. Fushimi is home to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Japan’s best-known Shinto shrine which serves as the headquarters for over 30,000 Inari shrines all over Japan.

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One-on-one sake tasting with Hakkaisan

September 10, 2020

One-on-one sake tasting with Hakkaisan

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

When I learned that Tippsy would be offering a set of Hakkaisan sake, I couldn’t wait to try it. Hakkaisan was one of the first brands I purposely tried and shared with others, and it was even more memorable to me because we had interviewed Timothy Sullivan, Sake Samurai, Sake Educator and Hakkaisan Global Ambassador, for our first Spotlight interview.

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Revitalizing the sake making in Shonan—Tensei and Tetsuro Igarashi

September 04, 2020

Revitalizing the sake making in Shonan—Tensei and Tetsuro Igarashi

By Mitsue “Mimi” Islas-Hosokawa

Tetsuro Igarashi is a toji at Kumazawa Brewing Company. Their famous Tensei series is widely enjoyed as the perfect summer sake.

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Regional sake guide: Kyushu, Okinawa & Shikoku Islands

August 12, 2020

Regional sake guide: Kyushu, Okinawa & Shikoku Islands

By Alice Hama

What characterizes the regional style of sake? First, breweries have historically chosen locations with certain conditions, such as climate and geographical features including abundant natural water sources. 

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Flavor of “Never giving up” passion—Fukucho sake and Miho Imada

August 06, 2020

Flavor of “Never giving up” passion—Fukucho sake and Miho Imada

By Mitsue “Mimi” Islas-Hosokawa

Starting this month, we are kicking off a new blog series, Sake Brewery Spotlight. The series starts off with a delightful dialogue with Miho Imada, a female toji (master brewer) at Imada Brewing Company which is known for its famous Fukucho sake.

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A silver lining in every cloud: An introduction to <i>Nigori</i> sake

July 28, 2020

A silver lining in every cloud: An introduction to Nigori sake

By Bryan West

Nigori, meaning “cloudy,” refers to a style of sake that is coarsely filtered, allowing a portion of the rice sediment to be left in the finished brew.

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Fun & Safe Summer Bucket List

July 15, 2020

Fun & Safe Summer Bucket List

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

What’s on your summer bucket list? Here are ideas for fun things to do while practicing social distancing and keeping safe in the time of COVID-19.

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Sake sommelier pairing ideas: Asabiraki “Suijin”

July 02, 2020

Sake sommelier pairing ideas: Asabiraki “Suijin”

By Alice Hama

Asabiraki “Suijin” is one of the popular sakes produced by Asabiraki Brewery located in Iwate Prefecture.

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Comparing Dassai 23, 39 and 45

June 25, 2020

Comparing Dassai 23, 39 and 45

By Bryan West

For many sake enthusiasts outside of Japan, myself included, drinking Dassai was a revelatory “Wow!” moment.

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Five perfect sake to celebrate Father’s Day

June 16, 2020

Five perfect sake to celebrate Father’s Day

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Fathers are a talented bunch. Even when something is new to them and there are no manuals or roadmaps, somehow, they get things done!

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Comprehensive sake pairing ideas for wine lovers and sake beginners

June 09, 2020

Comprehensive sake pairing ideas for wine lovers and sake beginners

By Alice Hama

As the Japanese culinary trend evolves and consumers become familiar with sake, sommeliers are increasingly observing the rise of the importance of “sake and food pairing”. As a wine sommelier, I would like to introduce comprehensive sake pairing ideas for wine lovers and sake beginners, with reference to widely-recognized wine theories.

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Sparkling sake brunch at home

June 01, 2020

Sparkling sake brunch at home

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Brunch is a most pleasurable time. In some places, it can begin as early as 9:00 in the morning and end as late as 4:00 in the afternoon, solving the question of what to eat in one extensive, relaxing meal.

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May in quarantine—Tippsy and takeout, part 2

May 26, 2020

May in quarantine—Tippsy and takeout, part 2

By Bryan West

May rolls along and we find ourselves continuing to do our part to stay safe and healthy by remaining at home.

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April in quarantine—Tippsy and takeout

April 24, 2020

April in quarantine—Tippsy and takeout

By Bryan West

So it’s been a month now. A month of isolation, a month of social distancing, a month of sorely missing all the creature comforts we took for granted not too long ago.

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Cheese and sake pairing

April 08, 2020

Cheese and sake pairing

By Alice Hama

As sake attracts growing interest among international sommeliers, the idea of cheese and sake pairing has become a trendy topic.

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Finding your zen with sake

April 06, 2020

Finding your zen with sake

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

The weeks leading up to cherry blossom season in Washington, D.C., are packed with much anticipation and excitement.

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My March Tippsy Box

March 19, 2020

My March Tippsy Box

By Bryan West

Let’s face it: we’re dealing with some very strange and uncertain times. It’s more important than ever to find a way to inject a bit of joy into your life.

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How to setup a sake bar at home

March 05, 2020

How to setup a sake bar at home

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

The next best thing to actually being in Japan is eating really good Japanese food with sake in hand.

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My February Tippsy Box

February 24, 2020

My February Tippsy Box

By Bryan West

I recently received my first subscription box from Tippsy, and couldn’t wait to see (and taste) what they had sent me. It’s so fun to get a package each month knowing you’ll likely enjoy whatever is inside, but having no idea what lies within. Kind of like getting a mystery prize!

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5 sake picks for a romantic date

January 31, 2020

5 sake picks for a romantic date

By Alice Hama

February is just around the corner! That means that Valentine's Day is approaching. If you are looking for a perfect gift for your loved ones, how about trying something unique this year? Here are my 5 picks for your special Valentine!

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Top 5 best sake for beginners

January 14, 2020

Top 5 best sake for beginners

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

It’s been an amazing year for Japanese sake and 2020 has much more in store! With sake, “beauty is in the eye of the drinker” and with so much variety and versatility, we thought we’d share some of our staff’s unique picks for drinkers who want to explore a little more in major categories: junmai, ginjo, daiginjo and flavored.

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Sake sommelier pairing ideas: Nanbu Bijin “AWA Sparkling”

December 03, 2019

Sake sommelier pairing ideas: Nanbu Bijin “AWA Sparkling”

By Alice Hama

This is a refreshing and elegant sparkling sake made by Nanbu Bijin Brewery located in Iwate Prefecture.

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Pairing sake with your Thanksgiving meal

November 20, 2019

Pairing sake with your Thanksgiving meal

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

The Thanksgiving meal is one of my favorite meals to prepare because it’s the single occasion out of the entire year when I don’t have to figure out what to make!

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Best hot sake

October 22, 2019

Best hot sake

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

For many people, their first encounter with Japanese sake was through a sake bomb, a spin-off from the popular Irish car bomb but with the added attraction of chopsticks.

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