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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Happy New year!

Dear Valued Member,

We hope the New Year has started well for you, and apologies for this follow up e mail to our New Year Greeting. Unfortunately, due to some glitch, our NY greeting stated the old address for the BSA (using dot.com). Please note that we are now using britishsakeassociation.org as we have now been doing for the past couple of years.

Forthcoming Events 2016
Mid February: we hope to hold again the ‘Make Your Own Sake’ workshop ,  with Marie Cheong-Thong. This was held in December and proved very popular!
Mid March – in time for easter : Sake and Chocolate Matching Workshop with Chika Watanabe

Other events in the offing:
-Sake tasting with SamSake
-Illustrated Talk on her recent tour around Japan’s Sake Breweries, by our President Shirley Booth

All dates and venues to be confirmed, but we hope to hold some more at Tombo in South Kensington.  We are always happy to receive your suggestions for new venues, and for workshop and tasting themes. Just e mail us at events@britishsakeassociation.org

Have a wonderful 2016 – The Year of The Monkey – and hope to see you at an event soon.

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Japan-Gourmet.com and the British Sake Association are happy to announce a new partnership. The BSA will now inform members of any relevant events that Japan-Gourmet is involved with.

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Make Your Own Sake: Special Christmas Event

Make Your Own Sake with Marie Cheong-Thong of The Larder At 36.  Following her recent success at the Abergavenny Food Festival, this will be a very special evening featuring Marie’s popular workshop.  Marie will demonstrate how to make a basic sake, simple doburoku, from an old “handed down” secret family recipe – which almost certainly originated in China before eventually finding its way to Japan. More details here:

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Tuesday 1st December 2015 7.00pm to 8.30 pm,

Cost: £35 per person  * to include a basic sake kit value £6


Please book with the British Sake Association, not the venue: events@britishsakeassociation.org


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Sake : from the front line


Special illustrated talk by
Oliver Hilton-Johnson of Tengu Sake

Ollie, who is also sake educator for the British Sake Association, has recently returned from Japan where he spent several weeks making sake alongside the Japanese brewers of Hayashi Honten, amongst other sake-related adventures.

Ollie will talk about some of the surprising and fascinating things he learnt on the front line of sake brewing; and we’ll be tasting some interesting (and different) sake Ollie brought back from Kyushu. Delicious yakitori and nibbles prepared by Eico Kano at Mogu Mogu will complete the evening.

Date : Wednesday 29th April 2015

Venue: Royal Asiatic Society
14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD
Tel: 020 7388 4539

Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: £25 for BSA members; £30 non-members and guests

Places are limited and must be booked in advance

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An Introduction to Sake & An Exploration of Sakes and Japanese Cuisine


By Special Invitation of Shirley Booth and the British Sake Association, in association with Japan Rice Export (JRE) and MATSURI Restaurant

you are invited to attend


Friday 27th February at Matsuri restaurant, Bury Street, W1

at 4pm:

An Introduction to Sake: How it is made and its place in traditional Japanese culture

An illustrated talk by Shirley Booth


at 6pm

An Exploration of Sakes and Japanese Cuisine

about a dozen different sakes from three different kura will be available to try with a selection of Matsuri’s exceptional Japanese Food. With such a wide range of sake to explore this proves to be a lively and educational evening.

If you are new to sake this will be an excellent chance to find out how well sake enhances the flavours of food: if you already know a bit about sake then this will be a chance to further your knowledge of particular sakes, and food pairings.

Entry to both events is free, but booking must be made by Friday 20th February 2015


Places are limited, so early booking is advisable

You are welcome to attend either event or both, but please indicate when booking, First come first served, deadline Monday 23rd February.

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BSA membership form 2015

The 2015 membership form for the British Sake Association is now online.

Membership fees remain the same.

Please click on the link below:

BSA Membership Form 2015

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