Sake Tasting in Chicago on May 21st 2009

I served Nanbu Bijin Sake at Consulate Gneral of Japan and Japanese restaurant JAPONES in Chicago on May 21st 2009. Mr. John Gauntner a.k.a Sake Guy talked about sake. Sake lovers of Chicago were so serious too! I want to go to Chicago again!

Without Koji, There is No Sake on Mon. May 19th

Sprinkling koji mold spores on steamed rice.  Photo: © Tentaka Shuzo.

Sprinkling koji mold spores on steamed rice. Photo: © Tentaka Shuzo.

Koji-making is the heart of the sake brewing process. Koji is steamed rice onto which a special mold has been grown with great precision and skill that converts starches to sugars, which in turn are fermented to yield alcohol. Making good koji requires precise regulation of temperature and moisture, and nothing has a greater impact on the final flavors and aromas of sake. Like much of sake brewing, koji-making is more art than science. Sake expert John Gauntner discusses the art and science of making koji, what it is, the myriad ways it can be accomplished, and how tiny changes to koji can result in major differences in sake flavor.

Followed by a sake tasting. Co-sponsored by the Sake Export Association.

$35/$30 Japan Society members & seniors
Limit 2 tickets per order.

Must be 21 years of age.

Buy tickets online or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm.

I’ll be pouring Nanbu Bijin sake at the event!

Photo Album-A Night to Remember 2 on May 9th 2009

Amanoto Night on Mon. May 18th

d90_akita_tokyo2009_05_413 “Amanoto Night”
Monday, May 18th

On Monday, May 18th, SAKAGURA will play proud host to one of the most distinguished breweries, 浅舞酒造, Asamai Shuzo Co., Ltd. ( from Akita, Japan. We cordially welcome and invite you to “Amanoto -Heaven’s Door- night” with an amazing tasting set.

Four kinds of Amanoto Sakes ( “Junkara” – Junmai, “Hyosho” – Junmai Ginjo, “Time of Reflection” – Junmai Daiginjo, and “unknown sake” yet to be introduced to the U.S. Market) served with “Tsuru Tsuru Men” – Organic Rice bran Noodle and Akita’s vegetable pickles will be sold for only $24 !!!!!
In addition, we have a special gift “Kuramoto Goods” for customers who ordered Amanoto tasting set.

Amanoto’s Sake Master, Mr. Hidemori Kakizaki and our lovely ex-staff, Sake Sommelier, Chizuko will guide you to a wonderful Amanoto world.
We hope you will join us in tasting great sake and enjoying coming beautiful season, Early Summer!

*Please note that tasting set are limited. We would recommend you to come / make the RSVP in early hours
(preferably between 6 to 7:00 PM).

212-953-SAKE (7253)

We are waiting for your visit!

211 East 43rd Street B1F
New York, NY 10017

Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30-14:20
Dinner: Mon-Thu 18:00-23:45
Fri-Sat 18:00-24:45
Sun 18:00-22:45


d90_akita_tokyo2009_09_105NANBU BIJIN SAKE BREWERY CO., LTD.
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