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Ep 43: Sake Around the World. New York with Sake Revolution, Timothy Sullivan and John Puma

The United States is the largest export market for Japanese sake. And for the last few decades, New York has been the key destination for sake outside Asia.  Many sake brands first came there and only after that to Europe.  A dedicated sake bar Decibel opened its doors in New York in 1993, almost 30 years before London got its first sake bar.

 So how does the sake scene in the United States and in New York in particular look like now? In this episode, I am talking to Timothy Sullivan, a Sake Samurai and a founder of the Urban Sake website and John Puma, who is probably the biggest sake geek in New York.

And together they are Sake Revolution, the first American sake podcast, of which I am a big fan and even was a guest in episode 107. I love Tim’s and John’s podcast because it’s always fun but also gives you tonnes of useful information about sake!

Don’t forget, Sugidama Podcast now has a sponsor, London Sake, an excellent online sake store. London Sake has one of the widest selections of premium and craft sake available online today. They deliver across the UK and Europe, and with over 100 sake from 25 breweries, there really is something for everyone.

Using simple online tasting notes and sensible, affordable food pairings they help you find the perfect sake without any of the fuss. Listeners of the podcast can get a 10% discount Listen to the episode to get the magical code! London Sake: making sake simple.

Episode’s Content:

  • Meet Sake Revolution!
  • Peculiarities of the US alcohol market
  • Sake in the US: growth, top states etc.
  • Where to drink and buy sake in New York
  • Sake consumer awareness and what sake is popular in the US
  • The US jizake: local sake breweries in the US
  • Future trends and observations
  • Sake of the episode:
    • Tim: Hakkaisan Yukimuro “Snow Aged 3 years” – Junmai Daiginjo Sake 
    • John: Brooklyn Kura Number Fourteen – Junmai Ginjo 

Sake mentioned:
Hakkaisan Yukimuro

Brooklyn Kura Number Fourteen
Brooklyn Kura

Sake Revolution Podcast
Urban Sake
The Sake Notes

Sugidama Podcast on Podchaser – please review if you don’t use Apple Podcasts

Music used:
Wirklich Wichtig (CB 27) by Checkie Brown

Just Arround the World (Kielokaz ID 362) by KieLoKaz


Vocal: Svetlana


Alex is a London-based sake blogger, podcaster, IWC Sake judge and sake advocate. He is a publisher of the Sugidama Blog website and a host of the Sugidama Podcast. Alex has an International Kikisake-shi (Sake Specialist) qualification from SSI (Sake Service Institute). He sees his mission as expanding the awareness of Japanese sake among as many people as possible and helping the growing community of sake lovers to bring together beautiful Japanese sake and non-Japanese food as a way to build a better understanding between our cultures.

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