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Did you miss any of the Sake Panels or Presentations live on Sake Day? Here you can re-watch any of the lectures in a video replay. If any of the panels are helpful or useful to you, please consider a tax deductible donation to the American Sake Association.

3:00pm ET Event Opening and Greeting with Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi

The American Sake Association is honored to welcome the Ambassador and Consul General of Japan in New York, Kanji Yamanouchi, as our very special guest to officially open our Sake Day USA 2020 online celebration on Thursday, October 1. Ambassador Yamanouchi appeared at 3pm ET (12 noon PT) to kick off our World Sake Day Celebration in the United States with a greeting and a traditional “Kagami Biraki,” or Sake barrel opening Ceremony. We hope you’ll enjoy the Ambassador’s message which we feel went a long way to strengthen the bonds between the United States of America and Japan through our shared love of Japanese Sake!

3:10pm ET Hawaii: Islander Sake Brewery Tour and Grand Opening (Live)!

Explore the Return of Sake to Hawaii. It’s a rare opportunity of witnessing opening of Hawaii’s first sake brewery in 33-years. The grand opening begins with a welcoming Hawaiian chant and traditional blessing. The islander sake was formed in February 2016 but spent several years in securing a suitable brewing location.

3:30pm ET Japanese Brewer Greetings

Brewers from all over Japan were asked to send in their greetings to the sake fans of the USA for Sake Day. This video shows the short and heartfelt greetings from Japan to the USA by the makers of Japanese sake. The videos are fun, heartwarming and you can’t help but feel the passion that they sake makers feel. Please enjoy their greetings to you on Sake Day 2020

4:00pm ET Cooking Demo: Salt. Fat. Acid. Umami

Salt. Fat. Acid. Umami. While most of us have become better home cooks during this pandemic, there is no true replacement for a restaurant experience, and the eye-opening food and sake pairings dreamed up by some of the country’s most talented chefs and sommeliers. Inspired by that experience we are all missing, Monica Samuels and Tamiko Ishidate are here to explore the science behind matching food and sake, inspired by the building blocks of salt, fat, acid, and umami. We hope you can join us – it might just take your home drinking and dining to the next level.

Sake List:
Tensei “Endless Summer” Tokubetsu Honjozo, Kanagawa Prefecture
Toko “Divine Droplets” Shizuku Junmai Daiginjo, Yamagata Prefecture
Fukucho “Seaside” Sparkling Junmai, Hiroshima Prefecture
Mana 1751 “True Vision” Yamahai Tokubetsu Junmai Muroka Genshu, Fukui Prefecture

Monica is the Director of Sake and Spirits for Vine Connections. Sh is an educator for the WSET Sake Program and received the recognition of Sake Samurai in 2017.

Tamiko is the Director of Sake for Young’s Market California. She is an educator for the WSET Sake Program and is certified by the Brewing Society of Japan as a Kikizake Master Taster

4:30pm ET Sake Discoveries: Koshu Sakes – How Old Is Too Old??

Chizuko Niikawa-Helton discusses Aged sake (koshu) with a some special aged sakes from her personal collection which are aged over 20 years… or more! Tune into find out new information on OLD sake!

5:00pm ET Sakeman: A SAKEMAN workout!

Join Sakeman for quick & easy workout tips (with sake bottles) to work off those extra calories and also put your empty bottles to use! As part of our mission to bring “Sake to the World”, we also believe that everyone should work hard to provide for themselves and family, train hard to keep the body healthy, then most importantly, PLAY HARD by enjoying a glass of sake with friends and family…as safely as possible.

5:30pm ET Brooklyn Kura: Citric Koji Deep Dive

The Folks at Brooklyn Kura will introduce us to Citric Koji and how it can be used in sake making.

6:00pm ET Arizona Sake – Japanese tradition Meets Navajo Tradition

Tuning in from a tiny town on the legendary Route 66. Atsuo Sakurai and Ayaka Ito will be introducing unique pairing of locally brewed Arizona sake and traditional Navajo home-cooked meals.

6:30pm ET Henry Sidel: Does Glassware Affect the Aroma and Taste of Sake?

In this session, Henry Sidel will evaluate and compare the same sake in four tasting vessels—a small, glass cup, a saucer-like “cup,” a “kiki-ochoko,” and a large wine glass. Feel free to taste along with what you have!

7:30pm ET Marcus Pakiser: The Amazing History of Apple Yeast!

Many breweries have that “mystery sake” that is normally not released to the public. This was the case for this brewery. Learn how it came about and the impact of created a new form of yeast starter used across Japan today.

7:50pm ET Sequoia Sake Brewery Tour

Brewery Tour video to Sequoia Sake Brewery.

8:00pm ET John Gauntner: The Infrastructure of the Sake Industry in Japan

In this session, learn about how the sake industry works in Japan: how many producers, where they are, who brews the most and who brews the least, which arm(s) of the government have sake under the jurisdiction, how they help the industry, and how sake styles vary across the land.

8:30pm ET U.S. Sake Brewers Roundtable

Join us for a U.S. Sake Brewer’s roundtable! Let’s meet some fantastic US-based sake brewers and discuss the state of the industry for this year’s sake day. Featuring Moto-I, SakeOne, Den, Colorado and Kato Sake Breweries.

9:30pm ET Namazake Paul: Pizza and Sake Pairing

Join Namazake Paul as he shows how to make great pizza at home and waxes poetic about which Sake pair best with various pizza.