Welcome to the BSA Website

Thanks for visiting the British Sake Association Website. We started back in 2006, with the express purpose of engaging the British public with Sake, the national drink of Japan.

On this page you will find our blog feed of regular news. Please navigate to the drop-down menus above to find more information about upcoming events, membership, FAQs and other sake related info.

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Event – An Exclusive Evening of Japanese Culture and Sake from Fukui 17/09/14

UK debut of Hakugakusen Award-winning sakes

Hakugakusen logo

We are delighted to announce the first UK visit of the Yasumoto family, including Master Brewer Takeshi Yasumoto, from Hakugakusen Brewery, who will present an exclusive selection of their Premium sakes, aided by SSI-certified  Sake Sommelier Ms Hitomi Kimura.

This a special preview for British Sake Association members and guests, of sakes which have never been available here before. *

 A selection of Japanese food, prepared especially by our hosts to match the sakes, will be served.

In addition the evening will include a presentation of exclusive sake ceramics by Ms Kazuko Sashita from Tokyo’s Space Q Gallery; Ms Kazue Shinohara will demonstrate Japanese Calligraphy and Ms Fumiko Kikuchi, Origami, with originals for you to take home as gifts.

All are coming over from Japan just for this event. This promises to be a very special evening, but places are limited so book early.

*soon to be retailing here in the UK, available through JFC


Date:     Wednesday 17th September 2014
Venue:  Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. Tel: 020 7388 4539

Time:    6.45- 8.30pm

Cost:     £25 members / £30 non-members.  All Welcome.


To book email events@britishsakeassociation.org, stating the number of tickets, the names of attendees and whether a member of not.  You will then receive a payment request via email.

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Event – an introduction to sake @ the Japan Foundation 24/09/14

Originally posted on Tengu Sake Blog:

Not sure about sake? Want to discover the basics? Want to try a few and get your bearings?

If so then please join me for an introduction to sake at the Japan Foundation, London on 24 September 2014 from 6.30pm. Full PDF flyer can be viewed here with details on how to book. Admission free.

Japan Foundation Event 09.14

Full details and booking here (PDF flyer)

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Tony McNicol on Sake in the UK

An article about the sake market in the UK from Japanese publication “Japan Spotlight” by Tony McNicol featuring BSA Director and founder Shirley Booth and BSA Sake Educator Oliver Hilton-Johnson.

PDF version can be read here.

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Taste of Gold

26th June – IWC Taste of Gold

A Taste of Gold is your opportunity to taste a selection of exceptional IWC 2014 gold medal-winning sakes (and wines). Producers at A Taste of Gold are also invited to bring along other IWC 2014 medal-winning wines from their portfolio.

6pm – 9pm at The Royal Horticultural Halls, London.  £20, members £5 discount (members will have received an email).  Click here to book.

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Event: Shinshu – Spring Sake

CB_sakeA Spring Sake Tasting

Wednesday 9th April 2014 at Tombo, South Kensington

Celebrate the coming of Spring with some very special sakes: freshly pressed shiboritate and shinshu.  Sake of this style is available once a year, for a few weeks only.

The British Sake Association is delighted to be able to offer you the opportunity to try them, alongside Tombo’s elegant home style Japanese food.

Sake Courtesy Tazaki Foods


Location: Tombo, 29 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London SW7 2HQ
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Price: £28 members / £33 non-members.  Price includes sake and Tombo’s home cooked nibbles. All welcome.

Book now by emailing events@britishsakeassociation.org

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Exclusive offer for BSA members

£5 off tickets to the Hayashi Honten and Kurobuta sake party!

Our  pals at Tengu Sake are organising an event with the very talented, ex-Nobu chef and Head Chef of Kurobuta to celebrate the UK visit of sake brewer, Hayashi-san of Hayashi Honten.

They’ve very generously extended a £5 discount to all paid-up BSA members.

Please quote your BSA membership number when you book.

To find out more details and book please follow this link.

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FULLY BOOKED: Sake & Cheese matching, London 13/11/13

13th November – Sake and Cheese matching at La Cave à Fromage, South Kensington, London

Sake and Cheese

A great friendship has been struck between us and the cheese connoisseurs over at La Cave à Fromage. We’ve done two tastings with them now – one earlier this year at their shop in London, and one at the Brighton branch.

The events have been so popular that we’re returning to the London branch on Wednesday 13th November to match five new cheeses with five different sakes. We’ll be playing with flavours, styles and temperatures to bring you some pretty amazing pairings (truffle honey with rich, velvety, warm sake, anyone?!)


  • Wednesday 13th November 2013
  • 7pm for a prompt 7:15pm start (finish 9pm-ish) at La Cave à Fromage in South Kensington, London (24-25 Cromwell Place, Kensington, London SW7 2LD.  Nearest tube: South Kensington)
  • Places limited to 20 people


  • £30 to BSA members, £35 to non-members.  All welcome.  Price includes sake & cheese.

To book, email events@britishsakeassociation.org, stating the number of tickets, the names of attendees and whether a member of not.  You will then receive a payment request via email.

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