WSET Level 1 Sake: The Basics of Sake Production and Tasting

Even though only 2.5% of restaurants offer sake on their menu, it’s still a highly beloved drink by its consumers. People who know to order this traditional Japanese drink have high expectations. Perhaps you’re interested in joining sake professionals to produce and share this beverage’s delicious flavor profile. If so, you’ve come to just the right article to […]

Sake vs. Shochu: Comparing Japan’s Iconic Alcoholic Beverages

A fascinating shift in Japan’s age-old drinking tradition has recently caught the world’s attention. For over a thousand years, sake has been the go-to spirit, deeply intertwined with Japanese culture. However, the country’s drinking habits highlight an unexpected turn of events. Shochu, Japan’s other national drink, has overtaken sake in local consumption. Not only is being a sake specialist an […]

Sake and Health: The Surprising Benefits of Drinking Sake

About a decade ago, scientists revealed that a glass of red wine a day may benefit heart health. Yet, wine is not the only alcoholic beverage that can be good for you in moderation. Sake, one of the most popular Japanese beverages, is a fermented drink with major implications for wellness. Sake health benefits range from having few calories and […]

Sake Tasting 101: How to Taste and Appreciate Japanese Rice Wine

Kampai! (Meaning “emptying the glass”, or “cheers” in Japanese).  Drinking sake is celebratory, yet comforting, traditional, yet trendy. Sake consumption is evolving and growing as people recognize the rich complexities and aromas of Japan’s national drink.  The US and Canada now account for 29% of the global sake market. Sake education is also on the rise. With […]

One Tree Planted

Join us in making a difference for the planet! Sake School of America is proud to announce our new initiative to donate $1 (= 1 tree planted!) for every student who completes our Sake or Shochu Adviser programs. We believe in taking action to protect the environment and ensure a better future for our children […]

-NEW VIDEO- Brewery Tour: Ryujin Shuzo

Join Kaoru, Eda, and Yo san as they tour Ryujin Shuzo’s breweries. This quiet brewery in Gunma is staffed by only SIX brewers! Alongside the deep history the brewery holds, Ryujin Shuzo is constantly looking for ways to create new and exciting sake concepts that will catch the eyes of new and existing customers. From […]