The BSA Christmas Event: Zaku Masterclass Dinner – Last few remaining tickets available

Our Christmas Event this year takes place at the historic Farmers Club. In a room overlooking the embankment of the River Thames, Members and Guests will enjoy a champagne reception with the Shimizu Seizaburo Shoten Brewery President who is travelling specially over from Japan for the event, followed by a seasonal three course menu of British food paired to three acclaimed ‘Zaku’ sakes not yet available in the UK. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a superb selection of sakes, flown in freshly from Japan for this special dinner. Read on for a little more about the sakes we have in store for you.

Date: Monday, 5th December 2022
Time: Reception from 7pm; Dinner from 7:30pm
Location: The Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 3EL

Nearest Underground Station: Embankment (under 5 minutes’ walk)

Paired with our starter:

Zaku Naguwashi Suzuka Kaminoho (Junmai Daiginjo)

This exquisite sake — which earned a Platinum Medal (top 14 overall) at the 2022 Milano Sake Challenge, and a Gold Medal at the 2022 U.S. National Sake Appraisal — borrows the old Japanese adjective naguwashi for its name, conveying notions of beauty and wonder for land and its bounties. Made from Kaminoho rice grown at selected sites near to the brewery, this Junmai Daiginjo was carefully brewed to allow the rich character of this local rice variety to shine through. 

Paired with our main course:

Zaku Kaizan Ittekisui (Junmai Daiginjo)

A repeat winner of Gold at the International Wine Challenge in the 2019 and 2021 competitions, and winner of Gold in the 2022 U.S. National Sake Appraisal, this is a truly elegant, yet generous and ripe Junmai Daiginjo, after the classic Zaku style. With notes of melon, nashi pear, and custard-filled sponge cake, Kenichi Ohashi (Japan’s only resident Master of Wine, and one of only around 200 Masters of Sake globally) described it to be ‘the pinnacle of junmai-shu’, ‘its superb grace epitomising the charm of Japanese tradition’. 

Paired with our dessert:

Zaku Gen no Tomo (Junmai) 

Selected as one of the top 16 sake at the Kura Master competition in 2022, and once again winner of Gold in the 2022 U.S. National Sake Appraisal, this dry sake pursues a relatively traditional flavour profile without sacrificing approachability. Aromas of white peach, flowers, and notes of high quality steamed rice balance this sake’s subtle umami.

Ticket Purchase:

BSA Member — £97 per person

Non-Member   £117 per person

Dress Code: Jacket and Tie (or equivalent) preferred.

Tickets are now sold out. Please contact if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Photo of a selection of Zaku sake bottles
Photo courtesy of Shimizu Seizaburo Shoten

Full Menu:

Aperitif: Louis Roederer ‘Collection 242’
Blue Cheese Mousse, Red Wine Poached Pear, Grapes and Chicory, Broken Walnuts
paired with: Zaku Naguwashi Suzuka Kaminoho
作 なぐわし鈴鹿神の穂
Suffolk Pork Tomahawk Cutlet, Woodland Mushroom Cream
paired with: Zaku Kaizan Ittekisui
作 槐山一滴水
Tonka Bean English Custard Tart, Bergamot & Rosemary Ice Cream
paired with: Zaku Gen no Tomo 
作 玄乃智
Coffee & Tea

Dietary requirements catered for on an individual basis — please advise at the time of booking, by email, to

Booking Policy: On this occasion, tickets are non-refundable. In the event that a ticket cannot be used, credit for future BSA events will be offered for the whole value of the ticket (less paypal fees) only if the ticket holder or the BSA can arrange for resale of the ticket to another party. Please note that it may not be possible for the venue to cater for any changes in dietary requirements if we are notified after 28th November.

We very much look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you for supporting the British Sake Association.

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