Last week, Psssst... posted a notice about a very special sake tasting. I'm the one who hand carried these sakes from Tokyo earlier this month, and they have been waiting in my refrigerator. Their next destination is a special tasting on August 2nd. For details, click on the link below.
For several years running I have brought sakes to San Francisco in June for tastings with friends. My main reason is to show everyone interested what really fresh sake in Japan tastes like. Unfortunately, most sake served in San Francisco places is past its prime, and has often been stored improperly.
Here's your chance to have some of the best small-producer sakes available in Japan. I have brought mostly unfiltered and unpasteurized sakes that have been bottled in the spring. Plus, there will be an unfiltered unpasteurized cloudy sake donated by Beau Timken, who will soon open San Francisco's (and America's) first retail shop specializing in fine small-producer sake. And, at the tasting there will also be two surprise spirits from the south of Japan, one of which is rare and expensive even in Tokyo.
Planning to attend is the dean of American beer writers, Mr. Fred Eckhardt, who is also a sake homebrewer and author of the first U.S. book on sake, Sake U.S.A., which is now out of print. Rumor has it that Fred will bring a bottle of his Portland-brewed sake for me, which I will donate to the tasting crowd.
This is a rare opportunity to taste fresh sake just as you would in a nice Tokyo sake bar. Sake enthusiasts should reserve immediately. It will be a sake cocktail-free zone.