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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

All events are subject to postponement due to the current health crisis.

6/28: Virtual WSET Sake Level 1 Class in Washington DC (learn more)
9/18: Joy of Sake (Honolulu) (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

All events are subject to postponement due to the current health crisis.

6/28: Virtual WSET Sake Level 1 Class in Washington DC (learn more)
9/18: Joy of Sake (Honolulu) (learn more)

See More  |  Submit an Event

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A dialogue between Brandon Doughan (Brooklyn Kura) and Patrick Shearer (Ben’s American Sake). Hosted by Bernie Baskin, Executive Director of the Sake Brewers Association of North America.

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Listen in as Bernie Baskin, Director at the Sake Brewers Association, engages two of the top sake brewers in the United States – Brandon Doughan (Brooklyn Kura) and Patrick Shearer (Ben’s American Sake).

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Ben's American Sake Introduces 8 oz. Slim Cans Available Online

BREW BOUND – ASHEVILLE, N.C. – On May 15th, 2020 Asheville-based Ben’s American Sake will begin offering their signature infused sake in 8 oz cans featuring updated branding. The lineup includes year-round flavors Pineapple Jalapeno, Lemon Ginger, and Blueberry Lime- each with its own colorful label, offering consumers the ability to identify their favorite flavors at a glance.

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Sake brewed in U.S., elsewhere creating buzz among drinkers

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN | March 3, 2020

One day in early January, an elderly man was seen picking up a bottle labeled Gekkeikan Sake from a shelf lined with many sake products at a liquor shop.

While selecting sake is a common sight at liquor stores in Japan, the setting was at a store in a suburb of Sacramento, California, which is well known for its quality wine production.

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Islander Sake Brewery, Hawai‘i’s Only Sake Brewery, Opens in March in Kaka‘ako

Honolulu Magazine  |  February 26, 2020

For the first time in three decades, since Hawai‘i’s last sake brewery shut down, sake is being brewed commercially in the islands once again. Get the first taste at the Honolulu festival.

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Brewers overseas look to create authentic sake

The Japan News  |  February 17, 2020

Sake brewing is not limited to Japan. Driven mainly by the increasing popularity overseas of washoku, it is currently spreading to various parts of the world involving locals who have brewing expertise. One such example is the Kanpai London Craft Sake brewery in the British capital. Tom Wilson and his wife, Lucy, started the sake brewing business in 2017…

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ANA launches new sake selection for first, business class

Business Traveller | 12 Feb 2020 by Seher Asaf

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has launched an updated sake menu for passengers travelling on international and domestic routes, as well as ANA’s suite lounges starting in March…

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Opening A Bottle of Sake Knowledge with Brooklyn Kura’s Brandon Doughan

Sam Slaughter, Manual Podcast  |  January 31, 2020

For this week’s episode of The Manual Podcast, Greg and Sam sit down with co-founder and head brewer of Brooklyn Kura sake brewery, Brandon Doughan…

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Young brewers, new sake and classic flavors

Patrick St. Michel, Japan Times  |  January 11, 2020

When Kensuke Shichida took over as the sixth-generation head of Tenzan Shuzo brewery in the 1990s, the sake industry was struggling with a major image problem. Sales had dropped sharply from their peak in the 1970s, with Japanese consumers increasingly turning to beer, wine and whisky. The once-beloved brew was widely viewed as an “old man’s drink,” and the old-fashioned imagery that was frequently used to market the beverage did little to appeal to younger drinkers…

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I tried Tippsy, an online marketplace that makes it easy to order and learn about sake

Connie Chen, Business Insider  |  January 7, 2020

When you eat at a Japanese restaurant, ordering sake along with your meal is practically a must. However, outside of the restaurant setting, sake can seem intimidating to explore. It’s not as widely available in the US as other types of alcohol, and there aren’t as many opportunities to learn about it compared to more mainstream drinks like beer and wine. Genki Ito, the founder of online sake marketplace Tippsy, saw these problems as an opportunity…

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The Elite Sake Brewer on Route 66

Abbie Gripman, Atlas Obscura  |  January 7, 2020

Only 5,049 people live in Holbrook, Arizona, and one of them, Atsuo Sakurai, reputedly makes the best sake brewed anywhere outside of Japan. That a tiny, quirky, high-desert town could be home to a world-class sake brewery is as unlikely as it is wonderful. I need to see for myself…

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Colorado Sake had to change Colorado law to open their business

Kylie Bearse, 9 News Colorado  |  January 7, 2020

There are just a handful of local Sake Breweries across the country and one is here in Colorado: The Colorado Sake Company. In order to start making sake, they first had to change Colorado law. Heather Dennis & William Stuart fell in love with Sake when they were both worked at Japanese restaurants in Denver. “It’s kind of the hidden gem in the alcohol industry,” said Dennis. “It’s all the good stuff, none of the bad stuff: no sulfates, no tannins, it’s gluten free, low in sugar, low in calories, all the things you kind of want in this day and age but you still get the 15%.”…

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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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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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