Sake, or Nihonshu, is the traditional beverage of Japan, and its worldwide popularity has never been greater. Although frequently referred to as rice wine, sake is made through a brewing process similar to beer. Sake starts with two basic types—“ordinary” and premium, “special-designation.” The special-designation sakes are further divided into three more categories, from which there are dozens of individual styles ultimately determined by the toji, or sake brewer. In this in-depth class, you will study the history, production process, and modern-day appreciation of sake. You will also:
- Study Japan’s sake history, in particular its rise in the modern era.
- Discuss the sake production process, from rice preparation to fermentation to aging.
- Recognize the esteemed role of the toji, or sake brewer.
- Identify the dozens of styles of sake, from the basic categories to rare bottlings.
- Describe the unique serving vessels and customs used in sake service.
- Participate in tastings of various styles and categories of sake.