Certified Sake Adviser | IN-PERSON | Raleigh, NC | August 16, 2024: English


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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 lecture, 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 2 day course, you’ll taste and examine over a dozen sake as an introduction to different sake varieties.

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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 who have obtained Certified Sake Adviser are eligible to enroll in our advanced sake certification course, Certified Sake Sommelier.

Course Date and Time

August 16th, 2024: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EST

Course Location

Johnson Brothers – 2233 Capital Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27604. Bordeaux Room, 2nd Floor

Note: Sign-in required over at reception!


  • This is an in-person course.
  • Must be age 21 or over to register and take the course.
  • Photo ID is required for participation in the online exam and must match the name you register with.
  • Registration will close when the course reaches capacity or the enrollment deadline (July 26, 2024) has passed. Please be advised, that late registration may incur additional charges for textbook rush order shipment fees.
  • Reasonable adjustments may be available upon request until July 26, 2024. Please contact us at info@sakeschoolofamerica.com for more information.


Students may cancel their registration by July 26, 2024 (5:00 pm PT) and receive a full refund. If students cancel their registration after July 26, 2024, a $50.00 administration fee will be subtracted from their refund.

Online Exam Date: August 23, 2024 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST | 11:00am-12:00pm PT

Please adjust accordingly for your own timezone.

Along with the online sake lecture and instructions, students will experience various 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:
Miyako Sushi & Washoku School

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 (March 22nd, 2024) has passed. Please be advised, late registration may incur additional charges for textbook rush order shipment fees.
  • Students will receive ZOOM information after registration.


Friday, August 23, 2024

  • Online Exam: 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST | 11:00am-12:00pm PST

The 1-hour 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.

Instructor: Sara Guterbock

CBS, ISS, ASP, CS, CWE, DipWSET, JSA Sake Diploma
Certified Sake Educator Level 3, Wine & Spirit Education Trust 
Advanced Sake Professional, Sake Education Council

International Sake Lecturer, Sake Service Institute International
International Sake Sommelier (Kikisake-shi), Sake Service Institute International  Sake Adviser, Sake Service Institute
Shochu Adviser, Sake School of America

Sara spent a year living in Japan as a high school student and grew up in a family that placed great emphasis on learning and experiencing the Japanese language and culture.  Becoming proficient in Sake has brought together Sara’s passion for the beverage industry with her life-long love of Japan, its people, traditions, and cuisine.

Sara devotes a tremendous amount of energy introducing people to the complexities and beauties of Sake and its unmatched ability to pair with food.  She has developed a growing portfolio of 135 sakes, the largest in North Carolina, which she helps to distribute, market, and educate about throughout the state and beyond.