Archive for April, 2008

SAKAYA Tasting Alert! Tamano Hikari on April 24

Friday, April 18th, 2008


We are very fortunate to have just scheduled a visit from Mabuchi Keizo, from Tamano Hikari, the brewer of the tasty Junmai Daiginjo “Brilliant Jade.”  Keizo-san will be pouring his nihonshu from 6 to 8PM on Thursday, April 24.

Founded in 1673, this Kyoto brewery produces this extremely well-balanced brew made from the distinctive Omachi pure rice strain,  featuring its unique flavor and a clean, crisp finish.

Please note that due to this addition to our tasting schedule that our “Dramatically Different Daiginjo’s” tasting has been shifted from the evening of Friday, April 25 to Saturday, April 26 from 2 to 4PM.

We look forward to seeing you for one (or both) of these tastings at SAKAYA!



324 E. 9th Street (between 1st & 2nd Avenue)

NYC  10003

212.505.7253 (SAKE)

It’s Toji Time! Brewers Lead Off April Tastings at SAKAYA

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008


For many April means enjoying the cherry blossoms (o-hanami) or opening day for baseball (yakyu) season. At SAKAYA it also means a month filled with great sake tasting events! Leading off our April schedule is an all-star line-up of brewers along with leading sake expert and “Sake Handbook” author (and our mentor) John Gauntner. We are honored and incredibly fortunate to have these esteemed icons of the sake world visit SAKAYA to share their brews and their knowledge.

We will also continue to welcome the latest wave of Spring namazake (unpasteurized sake) releases as they arrive, introduce more of the terrific brews from the World Sake portfolio, and wind up the month with a tasting focused on the dramatic differences that exist among some stellar super premium (Junmai Daiginjo/Daiginjo) grade sake.

Saturday, April 5: 2pm to 4pm
Yasutaka Daimon, President and Toji (master brewer) of Daimon Brewery (Osaka) will pour Tozai “Well of Wisdom” Ginjo and “Voices in the Mist” Ginjo Nigori. Joining us at the same time will be Ozaki-san, President of Tentaka Brewery (Tochigi) who will be sampling Tentaka Kuni “Hawk in the Heavens” Junmai as well as their “Silent Stream” Junmai Daiginjo.

Saturday, April 5: 6pm to 8pm
We are excited to have leading sake expert and “Sake Handbook” author John Gauntner here to share his wisdom along with Miho Imada, President of Fukucho Brewery (Hiroshima) who will be pouring her Fukucho “Moon on the Water” Junmai Ginjo. We are also delighted to have with us Mr. Sudo, President of the famous Sudo Honke Brewery (Ibaraki) to share samples of his Sato no Homare “Pride of the Village” Junmai Ginjo.

Monday, April 7: 6pm to 8pm Mr. Niichiro Marumoto, President of Chikurin Brewery from Okayama will be pouring Chikurin Fukamari Junmai, Karoyaka Junmai Ginjo, and Hou Hou Shu sparkling sake.

Saturday, April 12: 2pm to 4pm
Otokoyama Brewer from Hokkaido

Thursday, April 17: 6pm to 8pm
Andrew Richardson from World Sake Imports

Saturday, April 19: 2pm to 4pm
New Spring Release Namazake Arrivals from Japan Prestige Sake Imports

Friday, April 25: 6pm to 8pm
Rick’s selection of “Dramatically Different Daiginjo’s”

Keep checking our website “Events” page for updates and more details on these upcoming in-store tastings and please join us. We look forward to seeing you at SAKAYA!


Rick & Hiroko
324 E. 9th Street (Between 1st & 2nd Ave.)
New York, NY 10003
212.505.SAKE (7253)