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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BSA & Gatehouse Publishing “Sake: the History, Stories and Craft of Japan’s Artisanal Breweries” book launch

The British Sake Association and Gatehouse Publishing invite you to celebrate the publication of the book Sake: the History, Stories and Craft of Japan’s Artisanal Breweries
by Elliot Faber, Hayato Hishinuma (co-authors) & Jason M. Lang (Photography)

With a Sake Tasting
at Tsuru Sushi 201 Bishopsgate EC2M 3AB

Tuesday 26th April 2016
6pm for 6.30 start until 8.00
(food will be served at 6.30)

a selection of Tsuru’s sushi, tempura, curry and ramen broth, and dessert – all matched with a selection of sake from Tengu Sake

BSA members: £32
Non-members and guests £37
Tickets must be booked by e mailing events@britishsakeassociation.org
The publishers have kindly donated copies of the book for us to offer as a raffle prize on the evening (details to be disclosed on the night). This sumptuously illustrated and meticulously researched book has a cover price of £75, so come along and enter our raffle! An exclusive discount voucher will also be offered to attendees.
For those unable to attend, copies of this fantastic book can be ordered through the following website:

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Spring Sake at Salmontini le Resto

Come along to the plush and intimate surroundings of Salmontini’s private dining Room in Belgravia, to taste Tengu Sake’s updated range. Presented by Oliver Hilton-Johnson in his personable and entertaining way, this is an evening not to be missed. For those of you new to sake it will prove to be informative as well as fun: for those who already know sake it will be a chance to try some intriguing new tastes from some of Tengu Sake’s new breweries. http://www.tengusake.com

A range of Salmontini’s signature sushi and smoked salmon will be matched with SIX different sakes.

Salmontini Le Resto 1, Pont Street, London SW1X 9EJ
Tel: 020 7118 19999

When? Wedneday 9th March 2016 From 6.30 (for a 7 pm start) until 8.30
How much? £40 to BSA members: £45 to non-members and guests.

Payment to be made directly to the British Sake Association (not Salmontini)

Reserve your place by e mailing events@britishsakeassociation.org and we’ll send details of making payment directly by BACS

Details of membership of the British Sake Association can be found on the website
BSA Membership

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Save the Date 
9th March: New Venue for TenguSake’s New sake range: Come along to the intimate surroundings of Salmontini’s Private Dining Room to taste Oliver Hilton Johnson’s updated range of sake. Presented in Ollie’s personable and entertaining way- an evening not to be missed.
A range of Salmontini’s signature sushi and smoked salmon will be matched with the sakes.
Salmontini Le Resto 1, Pont Street, London SW1X 9EJ
Tel: 020 7118 19999
Exact Time and Cost to be confirmed
18th or 19th April  To be confirmed
Our first event in the city!
Tsuru, Bishopsgate: sake and sushi
We also hope to do another Sake and Cheese Pairing, as this was popular before.
Date and venue to be confirmed, but possibly mid-May, again at La Cave a Fromage.
Apologies but we don’t have a scheduled date for Marie’s Make Your Own Sake Event: we may decide to run it alongside another event. Details to follow
Many thanks to those of you who have renewed your membership. Such support helps us all: especially the brewers  who, though they may be far away in Japan, are much encouraged by our passion for Japan’s unique and special drink!


Shirley Booth
President and Founder
British SakeAssociation
Japanese Agriculture Minister’s Award 2006
WSET Level 3 in Sake
Twitter @Brit_Sake_Assoc


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Master of Sake Course 25th Nov (London UK)

The best sake education in the UK is now available in London:

Master of Sake accredited in Japan by the leading sake education institute SSI (sake Service institute)
Next course runs 25th November 2016
Link here: master of sake course

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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:

BSA_Special Christmas Event_2015

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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