Certified Sake Adviser | HYBRID COURSE | Los Angeles, CA | June 26, 2023: Japanese



Take your sake education to the next level and get certified as a Sake Adviser. Our course is open to hospitality industry professionals as well as serious sake enthusiasts. Students are introduced to sake through lectures, hands-on tastings, and small group discussion opportunities. Learn the history of sake, key ingredients, sake-tasting techniques, and how sake is classified. During this course, you will taste and examine over a dozen sake as an introduction to different sake varieties.

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We are now offering a HYBRID Sake Adviser Course. Students may choose to take the course in person or online.

What is a Hybrid Class?

Our hybrid courses allow for the student to chose to take the course in person OR online. Those taking the hybrid course will all receive live instruction from your educator(s) at the same time. There is a minimum requirement of 5 students attend IN-PERSON. If the minimum is not met, the course will become an online-only class and the in person course will not take place. If you have any questions about our hybrid courses, please contact us at info@sakeschoolofamerica.com

Sake Adviser

Prepare yourself for a career in the restaurant, beverage, or food industry with our Certified Sake Adviser course. This course provides the fundamental background knowledge on sake production, history, and types. Students will gain the ability to speak about basic varieties of sake, including popular brands, with confidence.

Note: Students that have obtained Certified Sake Adviser are eligible to enroll in our advanced sake certification course, Certified Sake Sommelier.

Course Date and Time

June 26, 2022

  • Hybrid Lecture: 9:00am – 5:00pm PT | 12:00pm – 8:00pm ET

July 10, 2023

  • Online Exam: 1:00pm-2:00pm PT |  4:00pm – 5:00pm ET

Please adjust accordingly for your own time zone.

Course Location

In Person

Sake School of America – 843 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013


via Zoom (link will be provided prior to course)

Along with the online sake lecture and instructions, students will experience 15 sake samples guided by the instructor to illustrate the variety of key sake styles.

If you are nearby Los Angeles, you can pick up your sake samples in person at:
Sake School of America
843 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
If you are outside of the Metropolitan Los Angeles area, the sake tasting can be shipped to you.

After your registration is completed, be sure to be in contact with Sake School of America administration to arrange your sake sample delivery.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Important Notice

  • You must be age 21 or over to take this course and exam.
  • Registration will close when the course reaches capacity or the enrollment deadline (June 09, 2023) has passed. Please be advised, late registration may incur additional charges for textbook rush order shipment fees.
  • Online students will receive ZOOM information after registration.
  • HYBRID classes will need a minimum of 5 students to attend IN-PERSON. If the minimum is not met, the course will become an online only class.


July 10, 2023

  • Online Exam: 1:00pm-2:00pm PT | 4:00pm – 5:00pm ET

The 1-hour written exam is comprised of 100 multiple choice questions covering the textbook and lecture content. Blind tasting exam is not included at the Sake Adviser level.

Note: The examination requires a minimum mark of 75% to pass.

Main Concepts

    • The history of sake in Japan
    • Sake ingredients and brewing processes
    • Sake terminology and reading sake production labels
    • The principles behind the storage, selection, and service of sake
    • Overview of sake tasting and analysis

Study Support

  • All students will receive a review guide for course preparation support. We encourage students to contact us in advance of the course if they have questions about their course materials.

uenoInstructor: Toshio Ueno

Vice President & Co-Founder, Sake School of America
Master Sake Sommelier, Sake Service Institute
Master of Sake, Sake Service Institute
2016 Sake Samurai, Japan Sake Brewer’s Association
Certified Sake Educator Level 3, Wine & Spirit Education Trust 

Certified Spirits Educator Level 3, Wine & Spirit Education Trust 
Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma Candidate

Beer Adviser, Food & Beverage Organization Japan
Nanbu Toji Guild, Toji Candidate, Accredited Specialist,
2020 Awamori Jinbner, Okinawa Distillers Association,
2021 Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry

Born in Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan where his family has grown wine grapes for generations, Toshio Ueno grew up helping the business from a young age. After college studies in America, he joined a pastry and wine company, where he was put in charge, overseeing the personal wine collection of the company’s president. It was at this point when intrigue set in for him to enter the world of wine stewardship and research.

Toshio Ueno is currently Director of Sake Specialist Department in marketing Japanese liquor to the mainstream American market. With his unique knowledge and expertise in both eastern and western liquors, Jizake and Shochu of the east, and wine and beer from the west, he aims to further promote Japanese food and liquor cultures to new, international audiences.


Instructor: Atsuko Glick

Certified WSET L1 and L3 Award in Sake Educator, Wine & Spirit Education Trust
International Sake Sommelier (Kikisake-shi), Sake Service Institute International
Sake Adviser, Sake School of America
Certified Sake Professional, Sake Education Council
Shochu Adviser, Sake School of America

Atsuko Glick is a Japanese native who found herself in California teaching others how to bake bread and brew kombucha. Her love for fermentation led her to the world of alcohol. She enjoys every single step of the fermentation process. Being able to see one thing transform into another is a truly magical thing to Atsuko. Having worked in travel industry, Atsuko learned to make the impossible possible just like the magic of fermentation.

Additional information

Online or In Person

Online, In Person