Imada Shuzo special tasting

CHF 70.00


Experience the wide range of aromas and flavours in the sake produced by the small Imada brewery, some made from heirloom rice, others developed to pair with local seafood, and one very special bottle made the way sake was back in the 1900s!

The tasting is on Wed 22 June 2022, 19:00 at MAME Seefeld.


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Special tasting of sake from Imada Shuzō, Akitsu, Hiroshima Prefecture

This tasting features a range of sake from the small Imada brewery, makers of the labels Fukucho and Seafood. The brewery is located in the small town of Akitsu, on the coast of Japan’s inland sea. Their sake includes some made with an heirloom rice variety that the brewery brought back into production, a sake developed specially to go with the abundant local seafood, and a very special bottle of a limited edition sake made by traditional methods – a variation of a pre-1900s kimoto yeast starter and brewed in a wooden barrel, both of which give sake much greater depth and complexity.
Imada Shuzō is very unusual in having a woman master brewer and a non-Japanese brewer, and produces both extremely modern and traditional styles of sake. Read more about the brewery here!

WHEN: Wednesday 22 June 2022, 19:00 – around 21:00-21:30

WHERE: MAME 2, Seefeldstrasse 19, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland (entrance on Holbeinstrasse). Short walk from Stadelhofen station, or stops Opernhaus/Kreuzstrasse on tram lines 2 and 4.

PRICE: CHF 70.00


***PLEASE NOTE: You must buy a ticket in advance for this event. I will only bring enough material for the number of tickets sold, so unfortunately I cannot accommodate anyone who turns up on the night.***

You will:

  • Hear about the small Imada brewery located on the coast of Japan’s Inland Sea
  • Briefly discuss the shape of the sake industry – company size, diversity, brewing operations, etc.
  • Talk about – and taste! – sake made from different rice varieties, including a very rare heirloom variety, and a very special sake brewed in a traditional wooden tank and using a yeast starter method that was largely abandoned in the early 1900s
  • Have fun in a small, friendly group with plenty of time to explore, discover and ask questions!

To prepare:

  • Eat a meal before the tasting. (You’re welcome to taste and spit as well, but so far no-one has!) You will have four samples of around 50 ml sake, strength between 13 and 16% abv.
  • On the day of the tasting, avoid any using products with strong smells, such as perfume, cologne or strongly scented hair/body products as they can affect your sense of smell. (And the sense of smell of those around you.)
  • Also avoid anything with a strong taste, such as tobacco, coffee or spices, just before the tasting as they can affect your ability to taste.
  • Other than that, just bring yourself and any questions you have about sake!


  • All participants must be at least 18 years old.
  • The tasting lasts approximately 2-3 hours
  • The minimum number of participants is 4, and the maximum is 10. If less than 4 tickets are purchased 24 hours before the event, it will be rescheduled.
  • Tickets can be purchased online by card, with TWINT or by bank transfer.
  • Ticket sales close 24 hours before the event.
  • Cancellations can only be accepted up to 48 hours before the event, so that your place can be released for someone else.
  • If you can’t make it at short notice, you can give your place to someone else – please contact me!
  • If you have a group who want to take this workshop, please contact me to arrange a private event (subject to availability).

I’m always happy to answer questions, if you have any please email me at