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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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

Details

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?!)

Details

  • 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

Price

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

Booking
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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International Sake Day: 15% off sake & ramen!

Mon 30th September – Thurs 3rd October: Tonkotsu Bar & Ramen, Dean St, London

To celebrate International Sake Day (日本酒の日) on 1st October Tonkotsu Bar & Ramen are offering a special set menu of a bowl of their delicious ramen + 180ml flask of sake for only £18!  PLUS they’re offering 15% off all their bottles of sake!

  • Soho Ramen & flask of “Black Face”
  • Tokyo Ramen & flask of “Morning Dew”
  • Tonkotsu Ramen & flask of “Ancient Mountain”

ALL £18!

Why not get a group of friends together and enjoy an evening of fabulous ramen and amazing sake?!
No need to book, just turn up for lunch or dinner.

International Sake Day 2013 Tonkotsu

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Event: Sake & Cheese matching, Brighton 19/09/13

19th September – Sake and Cheese matching at La Cave à Fromage, Hove, Brighton

Sake pairing with cheese

Following on from the sold-out event we held last year with our friends at La Cave in Kensington, London we’re running the event again, this time in their sister shop in Hove, Brighton.

Following on from last time we will match five sake, provided by Tengu Sake, with five distinct cheeses from La Cave.

Details
This event will take place on Thursday 19th September, 7pm for a prompt 7:15pm start at La Cave à Fromage in Hove, Brighton (34-35 Western Road, Hove, Brighton BN3 1AF)

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

Booking
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: Day in the Life of a Toji

9th September –  British Sake Association Special Event: Visit of Philip Harper

Philip Harper, the only British-born toji, or Master Brewer, will be in the UK for a rare visit this summer. Taking a break from making sake at Kinoshita Brewery, Philip, a director of the British Sake Association, has agreed to speak to us on “A Day in the Life of  a toji’ . Philip has a unique insight into the complex process of brewing sake, having been making it in Japan for over twenty years. An entertaining speaker, Philip will share his experiences with insight and humour.

This event will take the form of an illustrated lecture, but there will also be sake to taste (Philip will bring some of his sake for us all to try, fresh from Japan!)

This is your chance to ask Philip all those questions about sake that you have always wanted to ask. This is an event not to be missed!

Details
This event will take place on Monday 9th September at 6.15 for 6.30 prompt start (finish 8pm) in the Council Room of the Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD.

Price
£15 to BSA members, £18 to non-members.  All welcome.

Booking
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.

With special introduction by Anthony Rose, wine correspondent of the Independent and co-founder of The Wine Gang, now also running sake training at Sake No Hana for consumers on the first Saturday of each month.

Sake generously provided by Kinoshita Brewery via
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