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Episode #104: Bubbling in the Moromi with Martin Sturma

August 10, 2023
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Martin Sturma’s path to kurabito life at Shimizu Seizaburo Shoten has been a winding one. He first started working with sake at the JETRO Prague office, but he had already fallen in love with drink thanks to a fateful encounter on a study abroad trip to the U.S., of all places.By 2020 he was ready to make the move to…
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Episode #103: Tippsy Sake with Genki Ito & Sachiko Miyagi

July 19, 2023
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Somehow, they’ve done it.Despite the long list of complex and seemingly impenetrable barriers, the folks at Tippsy have managed to make a large, diverse, and inspiring range of sake available to anyone just about anywhere in the U.S. Since founding Tippsy in 2018, Genki Ito has managed to expand Tippsy’s offerings to over 400 unique products and make them available…
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Episode #10: ARUTEN: On Your Own Terms with Jim Rion

July 7, 2023
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Aruten, arukoru tenka, or the ingredient largely responsible for the need to create a category of junmai sake in the first place, is sake that has been made with an addition of brewer’s alcohol. Four years and 4 months ago John, little Chris, big Chris, and Justin discussed the differences between junmai and aruten sake in episode 11 of Sake…
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Episode #09: MOYASHI: On Your Own Terms with the Sake Concierge

June 21, 2023
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“Moyashi” is a bit tricky: it’s simply translated as “bean sprout” in Japanese, but in the world of sake it refers to the sprouting koji starter knows as tane-koji, in Japanese. In this week’s episode we get insight as to how this important terminology also ties into an even more specialized term “soyashi” and how the fermentation process is connected…
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Episode #08: GENSHU: On Your Own Terms with Sebastien Lemoine

June 7, 2023
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The amount of “genshu” sake circulating the market these days is ever-increasing. So first and foremost, what in the world is genshu?This week your regular host Sebastien Lemoine brings the genshu topic to the table on his own terms together with Justin Potts. Beyond defining the term (hint: it’s actually pretty simple!) they also get into how the term can…
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Episode #07: AMAKUCHI: On Your Own Terms with Tomomi Duquette

May 31, 2023
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This week we’re lucky to be joined once again by Niigata Sake Lovers founder, sake educator, guide, and evangelist extraordinaire, Tomomi Duquette.Tomomi’s sake vocabulary that she’s brought to the bar this week on her own terms is particularly interesting in that it flies directly in the face of what her sake homefield is best known for. In Niigata – generally…
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Episode #06: ARABASHIRI: On Your Own Terms with Keith Norum

May 26, 2023
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Not only can a single batch of sake be broken down into unique seasonal releases, it can even be divided up into a range of unique products immediately following the pressing of a single batch.One possible way to do so would be to set aside (and then promptly bottle and distribute) what’s known as “arabashiri”, often translated as “first run”.…
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Episode #05: KURA: On Your Own Terms with Chris Hughes

April 29, 2023
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Is it “kura”, or is it “gura?”It’s both! On week’s episode of On Your Own Terms, regular host Justin Potts sits down with Chris Hughes to examine a rather pervasive term in and around the world of sake: kura, the Japanese word that encompasses storehouse, brewery, factory, and nowadays, a whole lot more. Sake breweries are often called sakagura in…
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Episode #04: MUROKA: On Your Own Terms with Andrew Centofante

April 21, 2023
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Is it “unfiltered”?This week’s episode of On Your Own Terms explores one component of sake’s rather confusing classification of filtered vs. unfiltered when we discuss muroka sake with one exceptional gentleman who happens to be both the owner and head brewer of North American Sake Brewery and co-founder of the Sake Brewers Association of North America, Andrew Centofante.Often simply communicated…
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Episode #03: RICEY: On Your Own Terms with the Sake Concierge

April 18, 2023
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We’re back again with more, On Your Own Terms, the series that allows our guests to select a single bit of sake or shochu-specific terminology to share with us, explaining it concisely, while also reflecting on their unique experiences and perspectives tied to their topic-of-choice.This week, the Sake Concierge, Takashi “Umio” Eguchi, brings both terminology and perspective that only he…
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Episode #02: KANRI: On Your Own Terms with Arline Lyons

April 14, 2023
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In case you missed it, we’ve just kicked off our new mini-series: On Your Own Terms, where we examine sake or shochu-specific terminology concisely through the eyes of the advocates and professionals that have unique experiences and perspectives on their topic-of-choice. Last episode we looked at the ever-popular topic of nama together with Jorge Navarette at Matsui Shuzo in Kyoto.…
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Episode #01: NAMA: On Your Own Terms with Jorge Navarette

April 13, 2023
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This week we kick off a brand-new mini-series looking at sake (or shochu)-specific terminology in a new way.Up until now we’ve occasionally hosted in-depth discussions on hyper-specific topics unique to sake or shochu making, service, or experiences (see: Koji Basics, Kanzake, etc.), where we would round up our hosts or a team of specialists in attempt to unravel exciting and…
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Episode #102: Discovering Yamaguchi Sake with Jim Rion

April 1, 2023
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Books dedicated entirely to specific sake-producing regions have for all intents and purposes been non-existent in the English language; at least, until now.Enter, Discovering Yamaguchi Sake: A Taster’s Guide to Breweries, Culture, and Terrain, the recently released publication from Stone Bridge Press written by long-time Yamaguchi-resident, sake specialist, and fellow podcaster, Jim Rion.Sake long being in need of a tome…
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Episode #101: Starting a Brewery with Adachi Noujo

March 26, 2023
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If you’ve been listening to this show even intermittently over the past several years, you’re probably already aware that starting a sake brewery from scratch in Japan is, and has been for decades, a gargantuan task. However, in recent years, the number of young entrepreneurs navigating regulatory loopholes in order craft sake themselves in a manner that fulfills a dream…
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Episode #100: Thank You

March 22, 2023
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We’re somewhat at a loss for words.When we first began Sake On Air back in October of 2018 it was by no means a given that we would wind up putting 100 episodes about sake and shochu out into the world.Ambition, intertwined with ongoing effort to make a sake-centric podcast a reality was actually years in the making prior to…
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