Meet the Brewer: Otone Shuzo

CHF 70.00

Discover the food-friendly sake of the tiny Otone Shuzo, nestled in the mountains of Gunma Prefecture.

The tasting is on Wed 8 May 2024, 19:00 at MAME Seefeld in Zurich (Switzerland).


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Meet the brewer! Abe-san from Otone Shuzo


Join me for this very special event where we will have a Japanese sake brewer to introduce his sake, taste them with us and answer all your questions!

The tiny but mighty Otone Shuzo is located in Numata in Gunma Prefecture, nestled in the mountains in the middle of Japan. It is one of just four breweries covered by the Tone-Numata Geographical Indication, which recognises the unique geological, climate and human factors that characterise the region’s sake. Tsunenori Abe runs his miniature brewery with just two part-time brewers, producing extremely food-friendly sake that is both complex and satisfying but also easy to drink! He’ll be joined by trainee brewer and former Miss Sake Nagasaki, Sayuri Tanaka, who works part-time at the brewery, and they will present both some of their main products, such as the Sadaijin label, as well as some very special ones supplied for the event.


WHEN: Wednesday 8 May 2024, 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 (48 hours beforehand) for this event. I will only prepare enough material for the number of tickets sold.***

You will:

  • Learn about the geography, geology, climate and culture of Ishikawa, Niigata and Toyama Prefectures and how these factors affect the sake produced there
  • Get an overview of sake production in the prefectures (number and size of breweries, typical styles, food pairing, etc.)
  • Learn about the Noto Toji, one of the most famous and influential guilds of master brewers
  • Taste a selection of sake from several Ishikawa breweries
  • 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 will have several samples of around 50 ml sake, strength around 15% abv.
  • On the day of the tasting, avoid using any strong-smelling products 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. (If you buy tickets for someone else, you are responsible for ensuring they are at least 18 years old.)
  • The tasting lasts approximately 2-3 hours
  • The minimum number of participants is 4, and the maximum is 12. If less than 4 tickets are purchased 48 hours before the event, it will be rescheduled.
  • Tickets must be purchased online by credit card or bank transfer.
  • Ticket sales close 48 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 do not cancel 48 hours before the event, or if you do not attend, your ticket cannot be transferred or refunded.
  • If you can’t make it at short notice, you can give your place to someone else – please contact me and I will put their name down!

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