Back to the beginning: sake brewing starters

CHF 60.00


Experience sake the way it used to be! This session introduces ancient and early modern sake starter methods, and the flavours they contribute.

The tasting is on Wed 29 March 2023, 19:00 at MAME Seefeld.


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Discover how sake was brewed long, long ago

Let’s go back in time, and discover sake as it was then! Today, the brewing process is well understood, and aspiring sake brewers get degrees in fermentation science from the prestigious Tokyo University of Agriculture. But what about way back when no-one knew what kōji or yeast were?
Brewers still managed to make sake, but more complex and less controlled methods. These are being rediscovered today as a way for breweries to reconnect with their past and bring new flavours and dimensions to their sake. Join me to experience some sake “prototypes” and their modern interpretations.

WHEN: Wednesday 29 March 2023, 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 60.00


***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:

  • Learn about ancient and early modern sake starter methods, dating up to the early 1900s
  • See how microbes play an even greater part in old starter methods
  • Taste a variety of sake made by breweries that have gone back to old brewing methods, including those used in Buddhist temples as early as the 1500s
  • 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 several samples of around 50 ml sake, strength between 13 and 20% 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