Tippsy Sake Blog

Enjoy our collection of unique stories written by our talented writers, many of whom are certified professionals in sake, wine, beer and spirits. Here you’ll find articles that are informative, entertaining, and span the gambit! Our blog has posts for both beginners and sake connoisseurs alike, with topics like sake trivia, cultural/educational readings, food recipes, travelogues, interviews and more.

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Sake Rice Farmers Growing the American Craft Sake Scene
Domenic Alonge
Domenic Alonge

The American craft sake scene has grown steadily in the last 10 years, with the number of breweries increasing from roughly a dozen in 2013 to nearly 3...

What Is Dango? Mitarashi Dango and Other Dango Recipes
Taylor Markarian
Taylor Markarian

Cook on low heat to desired crispinessThe world of “wagashi,” or traditional Japanese sweets, is simple, fun, ancient and colorful. Once upon a time, b...

Otokoyama: Preserving Traditions With Hokkaido’s Frontier Spirit
Rikuo Kanda
Rikuo Kanda

With a rich history spanning over 350 years, Otokoyama treasures its traditions and historical significance – but it also embraces the frontier spirit,...

What Is Taiyaki? Taiyaki Recipes
Alice Hama
Alice Hama

Article by Taylor Markarian Recipes by Alice Hama Taiyaki is one of Japan’s most emblematic desserts. It even makes an appearance in the extremely pop...

‘Unpredictable’ Cafe Mutton Chef Sees ‘A Lot of Possibility’ in Sake
Taylor Markarian
Taylor Markarian

Nowadays when you see a respected food publication like Bon Appetit recommend a new restaurant, you’re inclined to think that you’ll be immediately sma...

‘Doesn’t Get More New York’ Than Sake With Unregular Pizza
Taylor Markarian
Taylor Markarian

Unregular Pizza lives by the slogan, “Pizza for irregular times.” Perhaps that explains why husband-and-wife team Gabriele Lamonaca and ​​Paola Sinisga...

Connecting Chinese-Latino Cuisine and Sake at Chino Grande
Taylor Markarian
Taylor Markarian

The way Chef Christine Lau’s fingers nimbly fold the wontons as she carries on in conversation is clearly muscle memory. But it’s more than just practi...

12 Japanese New Year’s Traditions and Greeting Messages
Domenic Alonge
Domenic Alonge

Just like that first gust of cold winter wind that catches us off guard, the arrival of a new year can sneak up on us before we even get a chance to ma...

Calories in Sake: Is Sake Fattening?
Taylor Markarian
Taylor Markarian

Is sake fattening? It’s difficult to know with certainty how many calories are in any given bottle of sake. Unlike food, alcohol labels are not require...

How To Host the Best Sake Tasting
Sam Fairchild
Sam Fairchild

Family gatherings, company parties, and nights spent with friends can often become predictable and repetitive. If you’re someone who likes to mix thing...

Roka: What Goes on Before Bottling
Devin Davenport
Devin Davenport

Of the endless number of options and decisions brewers make before sake ends up in your glass, “roka” might be the easiest to spot as well as one of th...

Best Places for Onsen in Japan
Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen
Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

You’ve probably seen it on Instagram: an inviting courtyard garden lined with the soft glow of lanterns; wooden buckets placed gently atop smooth slabs...

Tippsy Presents: An Evening with IWA Sake
Taylor Markarian
Taylor Markarian

Connecting sake makers with sake drinkers is central to Tippsy’s purpose, so orchestrating an intimate dinner with IWA founder and maker Richard Geoffr...

The Journey of Branding Tippsy and Sake Itself
Hayataro Sakitsu
Hayataro Sakitsu

At the heart of Tippsy is an undying passion for sake — a passion I’ve been privileged to shape and share as its Creative Director from its inception. ...

What Is Nama Sake?
Taylor Markarian
Taylor Markarian

There’s nothing like drinking fresh “namazake” from the brewery tap. As soon as it graces your palate, you get the feeling that it’s somehow alive. Its...

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