A Community Announcement about the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic

We continue to actively monitor the latest news about the coronavirus and are hearing from our sake community about the dramatic effects on you both personally and professionally. We have set up a group call for the entire sake industry to connect, offer support and ideas to each other – we hope you’ll join us. If you would like more information, please sign up for our emails by clicking the link below.

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About the Association

The Sake Brewers Association of North America (SBANA) is a 501(c)(6) trade association for the sake industry in North America, headquartered in Washington DC. We are the first and only sake industry trade association outside of Japan.

We have brought together sake breweries across the United States, Canada, Mexico (and beyond), distributors, retailers, rice farmers, governments, enthusiasts, and a wide array of the allied trade to form one of the strongest sake organizations in the world.

Upcoming Sake Events

Sept 25: Sake Day 2021 (register here)
Oct 1: San Diego Sake Day 2021 (register here)
Oct 1: Sake Day East 2021 (register here)
October 11: Sake Brewing Seminar with Mr. Toshihiko Koseki (Iida Trading Co) (register)
Nov-Dec:
 Sake Scholar Course (learn more)

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About the Association

The Sake Brewers Association of North America (SBANA) is a 501(c)(6) trade association for the sake industry in North America, headquartered in Washington DC. We are the first and only sake industry trade association outside of Japan.

We have brought together sake breweries across the United States, Canada, Mexico (and beyond), distributors, retailers, rice farmers, governments, enthusiasts, and a wide array of the allied trade to form one of the strongest sake organizations in the world.

Upcoming Sake Events

Sept 25: Sake Day 2021 (register here)
Oct 1: San Diego Sake Day 2021 (register here)
Oct 1: Sake Day East 2021 (register here)
October 11: Sake Brewing Seminar with Mr. Toshihiko Koseki (Iida Trading Co) (register)
Nov-Dec:
 Sake Scholar Course (learn more)

See More  |  Submit an Event

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Discussion with Josh Hembree of Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co.

Join us Monday February 15th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT for a live online conversation with Josh Hembree of Setting Sun Sake Brewing Company in San Diego, CA. Hear about how Josh was pulled in the world of sake, what he is focusing on now, and what he thinks about the future of sake. PLUS there will be a Q & A at the end of the webinar.⁠

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Our Mission

To promote and protect sake brewers, their sake, and the community of brewing enthusiasts.

We accomplish this through three tiers of services:

1. Consumer Education: broad external communication initiatives
2. Brewery Development: networking, access to brewing knowledge, techniques, materials, suppliers, and seminars; brewers-only forum
3. Legislative Support: building legal landscape study; drafting and proposing model legislations; working closely with lawmakers to improve regulations related to the sake industry

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To promote and protect sake brewers, their sake, and the community of brewing enthusiasts.

We accomplish this through three tiers of services:

1. Consumer Education: broad external communication initiatives
2. Brewery Development: networking, access to brewing knowledge, techniques, materials, suppliers, and seminars; brewers-only forum
3. Legislative Support: building legal landscape study; drafting and proposing model legislations; working closely with lawmakers to improve regulations related to the sake industry

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Latest North American Sake News

How Master Brewer James Jin Brought Premium Sake Back to California

Eater  |  September 8, 2021

Using rice sourced entirely from farms in Northern California, Nova Brewing Co. has been producing premium sake using traditional methods at their Los Angeles brewery since 2019. In this episode of Handmade, co-founder James Jin showcases the complex process of Nova’s sake production, from making their own koji all the way through fermentation and bottling.

Why American Sake Producers Are on the Rise

Thrillist  |  August 18, 2021

In Japan, sake simply means “alcohol.” It has a rich, storied history in the country, where it’s been produced for thousands of years after making its way over from ancient China. Now, the technique of fermenting rice into alcohol has started to inch its way into American brewing culture. The first legal American sake brewery opened in 1992—a stateside outpost of Momokawa Brewing, which had already been brewing nihonshu (the more specific Japanese word for sake) for centuries.

But after nearly three decades, American sake is hitting its stride. At first described by experts as fairly “one note,” American sake makers are now developing depth, perfecting their formulas, and even playing around with added flavor notes in the same way you find in craft beer.

“Part of it is the great American quest for the next undiscovered thing that’s propelling the interest in sake,” says Weston Konishi, president of the Sake Brewers Association of North America. “When people become more experimental and savvy with Japanese food and sophisticated drinks, they realize what a tremendous product sake is.”…

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Across the U.S., Traditional Saké Gets a Craft Spin

Wine Enthusiast  |  July 26, 2021

Saké is known as distinctly Japanese, but American-made saké has existed since the 19th century. Until the early 2000s, when Japanese exports became readily available, saké that was sold in sushi bars and retail stores nationwide was predominantly made in the U.S. While historically, American saké was crafted by a handful of large companies, today there’s a new generation of domestic brewers in the spotlight. From just five breweries a decade ago, there are now more than 20 nationwide. Small in production, often hyperlocal and distinctly American, these craft breweries bring unique, well-made saké to Everytown, USA…

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This sake produced in Arizona will transport you to Japan

Arizona Daily Star  |  July 18, 2021

Just off historic Route 66, a sign with red capital letters outside a white wood building reads “Arizona Sake.” Here, in the small town of Holbrook, Atsuo Sakurai brews a high quality and hand crafted sake driven by his passion for the national drink of Japan and the pursuit of owning his own business. Alongside his traditional sake, Sakurai uses a plant known as Navajo tea that he sources from a nearby artisan to brew a specialty infused sake. His sake is available in shops around the state including Tucson’s Plaza Liquors, Westbound at the MSA Annex, and restaurants across Arizona including Sushi Zona in Tucson. Sushi Zona displays a framed exhibit of Arizona Sake on the walls in between the traditional paintings…

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Now You Can Own a Piece of Colorado Sake Co.

Westword  |  July 7, 2021

Sake is a traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage made by fermenting rice, and while it is extremely popular in Japan, there are fewer than twenty sake breweries in the United States, and only one in Colorado. After working in Japanese restaurants as well as breweries, Colorado Sake Co. co-founder William Stuart was inspired to create a fun, welcoming experience to introduce more people to the spirit. The business opened in September 2018 with an 850-square-foot brewery and taproom at 3559 Larimer Street. When the wine and cheese shop it shared the space with closed in 2019, the sake brewery was able to expand, and it has since added a 14,000 square-foot brewing and bottling facility near Colorado Boulevard and I-70…

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Nova Brewing in Covina Is Producing the First LA-Made Sake in Over 70 Years

Eater  |  May 13, 2021

When you arrive at the locked gate outside an industrial complex along West San Bernardino in Covina, you may get the sense that you’re the wrong place — until you see a sign with a phone number for Nova Brewing Co. The building, flanked by auto repair shops and a storage facility, is home to a small tasting room, located toward the end of the complex, where you will find people drinking beer and fresh sake in a barebones space that opens to a back alley with wooden benches and barrels. The sake, which Nova brews on-site, is some of the first produced in Los Angeles in more than 70 years…

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Hawaii's First Sake Brewery in 34 Years Nearly a COVID-19 Casualty

KITV4  |  May 5, 2021

The only of its kind in Hawaii, some would say Islander Sake Brewery is keeping sake alive in the state. Vice President Tama Hirose says the rice-based spirit is keeping him alive. “Sake saved me ten years ago,” Hirose told KITV4. He was living in Japan in 2011 when an earthquake and ensuing tsunami killed nearly 20,000 people. He said the nuclear accident cause by that earthquake gave him heart problems, and his doctors told him he needed open-heart surgery. “Instead I just started drinking sake… and it worked. After ten years, I’m fine I really thank the sake for making me better,” said Hirose…

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New Orleans-made Wetlands Sake hits local restaurants, bars and stores

Gambit  |  March 31, 2021

Rice may not be the first thing that comes to mind at the thought of south Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole food, but it’s everywhere — in jambalaya and boudin and served with red beans and a host of traditional dishes. Now local entrepreneurs are using Louisiana-grown rice to make Wetlands Sake. The Japanese spirit made from fermented rice is easiest to find in sushi restaurants, but sake lovers Nan Wallis and Lindsey Brower noticed it’s becoming more popular across the U.S. “We have traveled a lot and we were seeing sake in the U.S. starting to appear on menus in restaurants and bars that have nothing to do with Asian food,” Wallis says. “You’d go into a French restaurant in New York and they’d have sake on the menu. You go into a restaurant in Chicago, Nashville and other cities, and California for sure, you’d see sake.”…

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U.S.-Japan brewers' "Sake Dialogue" forging taste for collaboration

Kyodo News  |  March 30, 2021

A “Sake Dialogue” featuring long-established Japanese breweries and those emerging in the United States recently brought about discussions on cross-border information-sharing, cooperation and innovation to spread the word of Japan’s most famous alcoholic export. The nearly 90-minute talk, whose participants included three sake brewers on each side of the Pacific, was organized by the Sake Brewers Association of North America in Washington, and the Embassy of Japan in the United States, in late February…

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A Year Later, Islander Sake Brewery Is Serving Up Nine Sakes

Honolulu Magazine  |  March 17, 2021

Last year, Islander Sake Brewery opened the day shelter-in-place orders descended on O‘ahu. Weeks earlier, the Islands’ first sake brewery in three decades was supposed to have debuted its first batch of sake at the Honolulu Festival, but the event was cancelled as COVID-19 spread across the world. So it wasn’t exactly the launch Islander had expected. But a year later, the little sake brewery is still producing sake, including ones gently flavored with liliko‘i and pineapple, and is even talking about needing to expand to keep up with demand as restaurants reopen and word of Islander spreads…

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Setting Sun Sake cans an alternative to beer

San Diego Reader  |  March 5, 2021

This week, I cracked open a cold one. Pulled the tab of a 12-ounce can and heard that satisfying cshhht sound that usually presages enjoyment of an ale or lager. Except it wasn’t beer inside, rather a single serving of sake. San Diego’s own Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co. has introduced its first sakes in cans….

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Everything in Moderation: Asheville beverage experts explore the world of sake

Mountain XPress | January 2, 2021

There’s a lot more to sake than the clear, hot beverage served in sushi restaurants. While the ancient Japanese spirit is made in a manner similar to beer (it’s brewed), it can have an alcoholic content of 15%-20%, a level comparable to fortified wines. And there’s an impressive — almost bewildering — array of styles to explore…

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