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Tippsy's writers contribute to bringing unique content around Japanese Sake, food culture and trends to you.

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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Raise Your Glass for World Sake Day

October 01, 2019

Raise Your Glass for World Sake Day

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Today is World Sake Day! Across Japan and around the world, sake’s heritage and history will be celebrated with sake tasting and food pairing events. It’s another reason to love the month of October!

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Spotlight: Aya Nomoto

September 24, 2019

Spotlight: Aya Nomoto

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Aya Nomoto is an accomplished and dedicated sake professional, sommelier, and educator with Level 3 WSET certifications and awards.

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Tippsy Recipe & Shichida “75”

August 09, 2019

Tippsy Recipe & Shichida “75”

By Alice Hama

This sake has a complex aroma of baked fruits like fig and prune followed by grain nuances such as rye and buckwheat.

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Spotlight: Jessica Joly (Part 2)

August 02, 2019

Spotlight: Jessica Joly (Part 2)

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Jessica Joly is Marketing Director for Sake Discoveries, a New York-based company spreading sake awareness through events, branding, and education.

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Tippsy Recipe & Fukuju Blue

June 24, 2019

Tippsy Recipe & Fukuju Blue

By Alice Hama

Tippsy brings you simple but delicious recipes that pair well with our selected sake.

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Spotlight: Jessica Joly (Part 1)

May 22, 2019

Spotlight: Jessica Joly (Part 1)

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

In our third Spotlight, we talk to Jessica Joly whose creativity is bringing sake to new heights and audiences!

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Sake-Tasting Tour at Ishikawa Brewing Company, Tokyo

April 20, 2019

Sake-Tasting Tour at Ishikawa Brewing Company, Tokyo

By Hayataro Sakitsu

Ishikawa Brewing Company offers a sake-tasting tour in English and Japanese, and is close enough to Tokyo that you can take a tour there in half a day!


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Bringing Japan Home: IKEBANA

April 13, 2019

Bringing Japan Home: IKEBANA

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Even if you can't see the cherry blossoms, you can bring home a part of Japan through the wonderful art of Ikebana flower arrangements!

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Enchanting Sakura

April 06, 2019

Enchanting Sakura

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Every year, cherry blossoms (sakura) bring so much beauty and joy to locals and visitors alike. It is a source of inspiration for poetry, art, cuisine, and much more!

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Fact 6: Most Expensive Sake is Not the Tastiest Sake

March 27, 2019

Fact 6: Most Expensive Sake is Not the Tastiest Sake

By Saki Kimura

Sake ranges in price from affordable to expensive, but prices aren't the only determination for taste. Personal preferences, food combinations, and other conditions play a big role in the sake that will be most appealing to you!

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Spotlight: Bridging Sake & Wine, Tippsy Interviews Alice Hama

March 20, 2019

Spotlight: Bridging Sake & Wine, Tippsy Interviews Alice Hama

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

In our second Spotlight, leading female sommelier Alice Hama tells us about the expanding world of wine and sake, and shares excellent recommendations for "bridging" the two global beverages.

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