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Can you make sake with regular table rice?

January 25, 2019

Can you make sake with regular table rice?

By Seika Suzuki

Not all rice is suitable for brewing sake. Certain types of Japonica rice have special components that are used for brewing sake. The most important property is "shinpaku" which plays an important role in saccharification, the conversion of starch to sugar, and influences the taste and aroma of the final product.

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Spotlight continued: Tippsy Interviews Timothy Sullivan (Part 2)

January 19, 2019

Spotlight continued: Tippsy Interviews Timothy Sullivan (Part 2)

By Louie Anne

In Part 2 of our interview, Timothy Sullivan tells us about his experiences with Hakkaisan Brewery and the changes in Japan that are bringing premium sake to the forefront.

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Spotlight: Tippsy Interviews Timothy Sullivan (Part 1)

January 10, 2019

Spotlight: Tippsy Interviews Timothy Sullivan (Part 1)

By Louie Anne

"Sake is Japanese culture in a cup—a microcosm of the larger expression of Japanese culture." We kick off our new Spotlight Series with our first guest, Hakkaisan Global Brand Ambassador, Sake Educator and Sake Sommelier Timothy Sullivan.

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Fact 3: Sake should not always be preserved like wine

December 28, 2018

Fact 3: Sake should not always be preserved like wine

By Saki Kimura

Saki Kimura, a Sake Sommelier/ Food Journalist based in San Francisco, writes a special series of articles "6 Facts that Are Misunderstood About Sake"

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Fact 2: Sake is Not a Spirit

December 28, 2018

Fact 2: Sake is Not a Spirit

By Saki Kimura

One of the most shocking sake experiences working as a sake sommelier in Tokyo was when I saw a visitor from overseas chugging a glass of sake. Surprised and curious at the same time, I couldn’t help but ask “Why do you drink sake like tequila?

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Why is the brand

December 17, 2018

Why is the brand "Dassai" so famous?

By Genki Ito

How did "Dassai" brand become so famous? You will see how a small brewery located in distant small town in Yamaguchi Prefecture innovated the sake industry.

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